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When Push Comes To Shove

by Soft Riot

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about

When Push Comes To Shove is the seventh studio album by Soft Riot, the stylised musical alter-ego of Glasgow-based Canadian artist JJD .

Resonating with references from all corners of the synthpop’s origins (DAF, Fad Gadget and John Foxx to name a few), Soft Riot’s latest release nonetheless manages to retain its own individual voice, melding and reinterpreting its antecedents with a personal twist and an impressive demonstration of synth-craft and programming. Following on from 2018’s The Outsider in the Mirrors, these ten tracks represent a change in themes and an evolution in production and sound.

The forthcoming single and album opener "Taking The Edge Off" sets out the Soft Riot manifesto, a propulsive future-synth tale of forging ever-forwards in an increasingly noisy world. "It's No Laughing Matter" is a hedonistic yet propulsive dance-floor slammer — shades of minimal synth and metallic Belgian new beat condense in side one closer "Fate’s Got A Bone To Pick With You" and the dizzying italo-matic muscle workout "Don’t Get Yourself Bent Out Of Shape" is the ultimate self-help smack down.

Although there’s no overarching concept to the album, Soft Riot has used this release as platform to experiment with his own concept of “déja vu”, using minute details of musical phrases and lyrics that have been used before in previously released Soft Riot material, and even between songs on this album. Some of these mirrored details are very subtle and would only be picked up by someone who has listened to all of the material up until now. It could also be the underlying black humour of Soft Riot’s work, mischievously playing off the old saying “it’s all been done before”.

The tracks were all composed in an extended hiatus from live performance between November 2018 and January 2019; a deliberate move on the part of JJD in order to foster a more focused creative atmosphere and allow for the writing process to have a more intuitive flow. This also allowed for a deeper exploration of sound design of his equipment, with this release utilising a range of different synths, something that reflects in the depth and richness of the new album's sounds.

This revision in JJD’s approach also impacts on the thematics of his writing. As JJD says himself "I feel real life over this decade has gotten a bit stranger than fiction” — speculative preoccupations of isolation and paranoia have taken on a more personal dimension in his lyrics. There’s tales of alien visitors who fall to the trappings and joys of humanity while on a mission (“By The Skin Of Your Teeth”) to topics less cosmic and more close to home, such as the uplifting emotions one feels within a gathering of friends with the third track, “The Lost Weekend”.

The outcome has been a sideways step into more new wave pop aesthetics, and a looser sound (underpinned by the warmth of the production). This overall makes the album groove into a more dance-floor orientated full sound, thawing some of the cold-wave angularity The Outsider In The Mirrors.

— Alan Miller, Abnormal PR

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released November 11, 2019

Soft Riot is JJD : Voice, synthesizers, programming, effects and found sounds.

All tracks recorded and mixed by JJD in sessions from June 2018 until May 2019 at Studio 75 and Studio Carillon in Glasgow. Mastered by Josh Stevenson at Otic Mastering.

Artwork, artist photos and design by JJD as JJD Works.
All music written by JJD (Jack Duckworth).

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Track Name: Taking Off The Edge
Look at those loud signs standing silently in the air
High above the crowds shifting in the rain
Finding their destinations with results so different
Making the connection to activate the sparks
Feeling restless can be somewhat dangerous
You grate the time away like machinery locked in rust

The repetition can make one possibly deranged
It’s a dilemma that never seems to age

Can you feel it sometimes?
The calm when taking off the edge
Coming back to life
And looking where to stick the wedge

Can you feel it sometimes when you’re awake?
Having a place to stand, it seems so obvious

Keep the movement forward until it goes to bust
You’re made to feel at home
It all seems the right tone
So why don’t you feel fine?

There’s no way to contain it. It’s just what it is.
Passing to it a push to see what gives.

Can you feel it sometimes?
The calm when taking off the edge
Coming back to life
And looking where to stick the wedge
Track Name: It's No Laughing Matter
Right from the start she was left to her own devices all the time
Forging something in her head, a distracting pantomime
Heartbreak and disquietude a grey fog around her head
Cracking up hysterically when it all bleeds in vibrant red

But it’s no laughing matter…
It’s no laughing matter
And if only you knew

Random faces and alien places can make a house not home
Sudden bursts of violence that make it hard to roam
Closing doors end up exposing cracks in the veneer
There are times she finds it amusing as that’s all she can do

But it’s no laughing matter…
It’s no laughing matter
And if only you knew

That that’s just the half of it
Track Name: The Lost Weekend
Spent from another shift, you’ve got the lights down low
Spoken not a word for days, but only at the corner store
Then an electronic sound breaks through your hall
Your cold hands on the receiver of Flat 21

Through the wires call “can we come up and play again?”
The mood breaks and you say “Just let me me buzz you in.”
Wonder where this could go?
Hoping that time goes far more slow.

Cocktail glasses clink and the turntable snarls
The conversations grow on a couch so small
Everyone tells their stories of love and war
The hours roll by and you’re wanting more

And it’s 6am — the night starts to change to grey
She looks outside “Looks like it’s gonna rain again.”
While two sleep on the floor,
In the quiet you find your answers for…

Blurring into Sunday there’s a calm inside your head
Soon the world will to start to come awake
And echo with dread
You look outside

Looks like it’s gonna rain again
Track Name: Fate's Got A Bone To Pick With You
He was a bright burning star back in the day
They were sure he’d go so very far
Some moment left more than just a scar in his head
It’s these times where he don’t feel fine
There’s something he had read:

You never know where it’s going to go next
But you got to put it all to the test
You never know where it’s going to go next
Pull to focus and do what’s best

The outer shell keeps melting away, you feel so tired
Fate’s got a bone to pick with you, and you don’t know why
Could it be wrong time, wrong place, or so it would appear
Some sort of relevation is what it takes sometimes.

She was the top of the class and it was good
An intelligence that could topple anyone
But there’s those voices that had other views
The ones who know how to pose and their strange attitudes

You never know where it’s going to go next
But you got to put it all to the test
You never know where it’s going to go next
Pull to focus and do what’s best

Don’t want to be carried away
So let’s not get too carried away

When it all starts bursting into flames, yes, you’re on fire
Fate’s got a bone to pick with you, or so that’s what’s said
Any time, any place: the chance is ripe for the picking
Changing the point of view is what it takes sometimes.
Track Name: By The Skin Of Your Teeth
Take a wander around
What will you find?

Find yourself in a city
In a shifting of space and time
You don’t know where to go
On a mission that you only know

Take a wander around, what will you find?
It’s all there underneath the grind

Where do you want to be?
A voice says “come with me”

Follow it around
It feels like a dream
The tension’s alive
When you’re standing in two streams
But when it’s time to go, you’ve got to

Sometimes you feel the clock tick close by
When you’re inside dancing like a stranger
Two times so different from one another
You’ll only get out by the skin of your teeth

You’re now days in this place
Signal from home is a static noise
The notes of your report
Are of a completely different line

You wandered miles around and what did you find?
It’s all there underneath the grind

Is this where you want to be?

You’re in for the kiss
It feels like a dream
But no-one knows that
You’re standing in two streams
But when it’s time to go, you’ve got to

Sometimes you feel the wormhole on standby
But you’re inside dancing like a stranger
Sometimes new emotions run high
You’ll only get out by the skin of your teeth
Track Name: Don't Get Yourself Bent Out Of Shape
Dreams collapsing on themselves
Static on the radio
Like a fox stuck in a trap
Stare yourself out a window
Stars running out of fuel
Voices stop making words
Fools filling up the void
Now there’s something to talk about

The unease expands
A black giant mass
It’ll be the same tomorrow
Give it a pass

Don’t get yourself bent out of shape about it, that’s the truth
There’s any number of ways to get around it, time to move

When you’re thinking to yourself
Of another universe
A smog is heavy in the sky
There’s a flash of sun in the eye
Minding plans that never spark
Angst on things that were never done
Some empty souls on the TV show
There’s something to keep you up at night

The skin expands
With each lame mishap
This could keep going on like a ticker tape for a long while
But there’s no time for that

Don’t get yourself bent out of shape about it, that’s the truth
There’s any number of ways to get around it, time to move
Track Name: Heads Turn Around
On a road that goes so far
Excitement feels like the rush of a speeding car
Going faster and and faster like trash in the wind
An interstellar speed, can’t pull back

Giving life to something bizarre
Breaking off the roof like a brute crowbar
What was there has been replaced
Looking like something from outer space

Heads turn around
All the windows are so clear
Word gets around
The sleight of the lips make such a loud sound
Heads turn around
Even if it’s not extreme
And when open minds close down
You will know where to go to champion the fire

Heads turn around
On allure or sometimes fear
Trying not to fall down
You will know where to go to take yourself higher

On a road that goes so far
Cuts through the doldrums like a scar
Echoes in the subway, wheels on the ground
Going to quick to hang around

It’s a strange situation
With a wild imagination
It’s a strange situation
When you’re feeling so out of place

Heads turn around
Caught in headlights like a deer
It’s the last showdown
The one with the most will take up a crown
Heads turn around
Even if it’s not to please
And when minds close down
You will know where to go to rest from the fire

Heads turn around
On the count of 1, 2, 3
Cold long stares
Will show you where to go to take yourself higher
Kite on the waves like an electrical flyer
Track Name: Your Work Is Never Done
You want it, but you can’t have it
It’s trapped inside that head of yours
You know it when you’re worn out
The work it takes to put yourself into this place

Feeling like the cracks are going to break it fast

Fasting doubting, forever analysing
What pours out of that head of yours
You’re dreaming, cold sweat shaking
Wondering the day when it fades away

Looking for a spark that’s brighter than the sun

You want it, but you can’t have it
Some things are too fantastic to explain

Feeling like the cracks are going to break it fast
Looking for a spark that’s brighter than the sun
Chasing down the tails of a strange vision

A presence felt, there’s hitches on your hunt
Understanding that your work is never done