You Never Know What Might Come Next (Limited Edition)

by Soft Riot

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    This special version of the album "You Never Know What Might Come Next"comes with four extra tracks that aren't available on the standard digital and vinyl LP editions of the album. In the product photos there is a cover image of the limited edition CD (in CMYK colour) and the standard edition LP (in black and silver ink). This version comes with the following:

    • 12 page booklet with lyrics, information and sketches.
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THIS IS THE LIMITED EDITION, PRE-RELEASE CD VERSION OF THE ALBUM "YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT MIGHT COME NEXT". More information on other formats below.

The standard LP and digital-download only editions are to be released in Summer 2015 on the Exhibition Records label (www.exbtnrecords.com). If you are looking to purchase this record in those formats, please head over to their website to find out more information on how to pre-order/order those formats. Vinyl LP and digital-download formats will be available through this Soft Riot online store as well at that time.

All tracks marked with an asterisk (*) are only available on this CD version of the album, not on the standard versions.

All purchases of this limited edition CD will come with a digital download of all the tracks included.

Once this version is sold out, it will not be repressed.

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released March 31, 2015

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

Bassoon in “Mass Exodus” played by MM Lyle. A brief phrase from “Into The Labyrinth Theme” by Sidney (1981) appears in the track
“Mass Exodus”.

All tracks except 04, 05, 11 and 12 recorded by JJD from December 2013 until October 2014 at Studio 80 (London) and Studio 159 (Sheffield). Mixed with Owen Pratt at Flesh & Bone Studios in London, October 2014.

“The Speech”, “Your Back To The Stone” and “We Are The Chopped” recorded and mixed by JJD at Studio 159 in Sheffield between December 2014 and March 2015.

“You Never Know What Might Come Next (East Van Basement Version)” recorded at The Balloon Factory in Vancouver, November 2014. JJD: bass guitar. Joshua Wells: drums, additional synths, production and mixing.

“We Are The Chopped” written by Nomeansno. The original version of the track was released on their album Mama (1982).

Artwork, artist photos and design by JJD as JJD Works. Photography assistance by MM Lyle. All tracks mastered by Josh Stevenson at Otic Sound except 11 and 12.

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Track Name: For Your Entertainment
It’s the high wired century
And you can be anything you want to be
How about a maker, a shaker or one who sees right through it?
Ratings are at an all time high as silver dancers lock step in time
But when the low feels low it’s low, you’re stuck in it
There’s payday loans, erotic moans,
handy phones and tombstones

Here right now: for your entertainment
Here right now: for your entertainment

An anguished singer on TV
You relate to the grave misery
but there’s bigger problems than your own and you know it
Bow out of this excess style to a place to escape for a while
to make you say “Hello, I want in it”
There’s human clones, talent shows,
crisis zones and the unknown

Here right now: for your entertainment
Here right now: for your entertainment
Don’t stop now: keep up that enjoyment!
It’s all here now: for your entertainment
Track Name: There Is Some Great Evil Out There
It feels like trouble but is there anyone out there who cares?
The two lay together and feel the tension in the air
She turns right beside him and says:
“There is some great evil out there”
“And I know where I can find it
It’s here, right there and everywhere”

It was a sudden disclosure
But one that we all feel deep down in there
She’s then up in a second,
Skipping breakfast and running down the stairs
Through the door to the open,
to the station for the next train into town
She’s got a bone to pick now with that great evil out there

The train is packed with commuters,
Reading headlines and oppression and despair
And a pic of some leader, out of touch and mentally beyond repair
And she feels that tension, screaming like a banshee in the air
The cards fall around her
Like weapons from that great evil out there

When it brings you down
It’s tough to get up but you do it anyway

Down at the last station, yes the spot ain’t too far from here
She can feel the direction:
The old building on the back side of the hill
People walk all around her
Not knowing if they’re here, there or anywhere
As the vices tighten from that great evil out there

Behind that old building she’s stopped in her tracks
At the bottom of some stairs by a figure in a black suit who says
“I know why you’re here and you won’t go any further now.”
Then he pulls his sunglasses down,
Two white spheres with a killer stare
Something strange goes on now;
It seems that great evil has arrived here

There’s no time to wait now,
Her fingers grab a huge space of that air
The dimensions bend around her;
Strange sounds; a reason to be scared
She tears it right open,
And she can see what she rumoured all along
The space turned into a mirror,
Reflecting a common truth everywhere

When it brings you down
It’s tough to get up but you do it anyway

She falls to the ground now, smiles faintly and looks up at the sky
There’s a chaos around her
But she knows now there’s a chance it could subside
The tables turn over
And who knows where things will go from here
You know this as a story
But you know where to take it all from there

When it brings you down it’s tough to get up
You wanna get down, but you gotta get up
And it’s tough to get up but you do it anyway
Track Name: The Speech
Down at the waterfront at a palace made of jewels
A large troupe drop the red banners for the evening news
Large monitors glow blue deep inside a hidden room
An eagle eye to every corner in the vast and stately view

Abstract words over discreet headsets as they set up the cues
Elsewhere inane headlines divert; infect like a flu
Architects of shrewd moves to engineer a truth
But hush hush as the lights go up and a man approaches the booth

All rise, for he will speak tonight to you

One last check over his veneer to make sure he’s good to go
Lifting a panel on his back the green lights are a bright glow
Stoic men dressed in black reporting on the hour
A carefully crafted string of clips sent to the relay tower

Outside the palace lights a crowd gathers on the street
Voices barking in the heat of night calling him a cheat
Frantic commands in the hidden room to cut to another scene:
A woman blank eyed rambling on about microwave cuisine

All rise, for he will speak tonight to you
All rise, for he will speak tonight to you
Track Name: Your Back To The Stone
Finding yourself again with your back to the stone
Watching the way things replay themselves
Gives you a slight chill to the bone
So you soar out into new directions
with the pen, the word and the chord
You think of that old saying that goes
“Everything gets it’s day in the sun”

The alarm sounds! You’re falling to earth
White noise and you’re falling to earth and then into a run

Straight past the past and future onto your left and your right
It takes a bit of a mental voyage to get the balance right

Or you can just fall back to the dark…

Here you are again with your back to the stone
Feel the scan of infiltration that scorns at all that you’ve done
You broaden your understanding to make what’s alien a home
Like that film goes “Listen kid, we’re all in this together.”

The alarm sounds! Motion detector;

Walk away from the stone and change into a new skin
You can feel the difference as you step out into the sun
All this talk about hellfire is just meant to put the fear in everyone
But no, we’re not “everyone”, in this wreck we’ll try to have fun.

Or you can just fall back to the dark…
Track Name: Mass Exodus
Don’t want them to see through you
So that’s why only you go out at night
Days on end of feeling blue, well yes, that’s just modern life

A game of hunter and prey, gamble the ground under away
You feel more lost day by day
This place a habit you cannot break

Jump on the last train to cool tonight
We’re gonna get right outta sight
Mass exodus, c’mon we’ll turn on a brighter light

They’re are too close to you
Tied to vices and devices blind all the time
There’s a sinking feeling that this place will start sinking soon

A game of hunter and prey, gamble the ground under away
You feel more lost day by day
This place a habit you cannot break

Cities collapse in on themselves until the last light goes out
A half million pound flat flattened to the ground
It falls to the ground
Track Name: A Scene From A Dark Beach
Today a president was shot dead
He guessed someone had enough
Some days he wakes up feeling fucked in the head
And he thinks he may have had enough

Things are moving faster all the time
New, empty machines won’t sync in time
More and more freedoms are becoming crimes
And into this realm we have to climb

And when all of this through
He’ll meet her at the beach
Grey skies and no one else around
Down at the beach
And when all feels like some coming doom
They’ll sit as one at the beach, oh yeah

And stare out at the crashing waves

Today they sent a missile out in to space
To let something know that someone’s here
She doesn’t even know her place
In a domain of tenacious fools

Things are moving into meltdown all the time
Like a cacophony of sadist chimes
The darkening clouds come closer all the time
She’ll close her eyes and think of a rhyme

And when all of this through
She’ll meet him at the beach
Grey skies and no one else around
Down at the beach
And when all feels like some coming doom
They’ll sit as one at the beach, oh yeah

And stare out at the crashing waves
Track Name: You Are A Caged Dancer
When you reached that moment that’s when you let yourself out
Into the streets so frightful and prices so impossible
And soon that pristine voice in your head got fed up
Those hands will always pull you down so you keep your head up

You are a caged dancer
Sultry moves but languor underlays
Like a great romantic
An idyllic vision in miles of decay

Why don’t you take a chance on…?

Well, it’s no secret that the whole thing is rigged up
You knew that from the start; the race to eat it all up
But if you stand and listen at the outer horizons
There’s chorus starting to swell and it will all soon kick off

You are a caged dancer
Sultry moves but languor underlays
Like a great romantic
An idyllic vision in miles of decay

Like a caged dancer
Let’s hope those bars will break and snap like twigs
You’re the great romantic
Stabbing forward in the great delay

Why don’t you take a chance on…?
Track Name: Better Than The Real Thing*
He wants to rise above it all tonight
But it seems he always hits the roof
Of his small flat in a checker board
Where the king is foul and in the crowd

There he lives with his plans and dreams
Some mundane and some to the extreme
He wants to rise above it all tonight
And it’s a mystery that no-one can solve

There’s a period of panic; some strange isolation
But out there something calls

A minted man knows he’s gone too far
A mirror in front of who we are and it feels…

Better than the real thing

She wants to jump on the next train tonight
‘Cos it seems all has lost its spark
Trains run though her mind a lot
A metaphor of some thought

‘Cos there is some great evil out there
But at some point it will come down
Maybe a supernova will explode in the stars above
And turn this place around

Take a moment to find out what we are
Our places in the here and now

Maybe that’ll be better than the real thing
Track Name: The Commuters II*
Go as far as you can go…

They open their eyes to see their grey world
Outside from the train turn into green
The rails glide over lakes of pristine glass
Yet there’s no-one else on this train that can be seen

The humming buzz of circuits change into a song
An escape to things still unseen
The conductor then comes, introduces herself
And with a smile and a flash in her eye, she says:

“Here’s to all you young commuters.
Go as far as you can go.”

They don’t know how long this ride will last
But soon enough the train comes to an ease
The cavernous space of the terminus
Is somewhat a mystery

They’re stepping out of the carriage now
And greeted by a man with hollow teeth
Standing next to him his a figure in a cloak
And then the first man starts to speak and says:

“He calls you The Young Commuters.
Go as far as you can go.”