Hard Feelings

by SOFT REGIME

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FORMATS: 10" Mini-LP [Numbered Limited Edition of 500 copies] / Digital Mini Album

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Surrender to the SOFT REGIME. Is it the sound of the underground, or is the sound of the overground going underground? Either way, SOFT REGIME is a pan-European group of musicians intent on exploring the glorious electronic pop sounds that pump through their hearts and grease their gears.

Christian makes the music and production, Tim (previously leader of electropop band BAXENDALE) writes the words and melodies, and Astrid sings the songs, bringing it all together. Astrid first met Christian in the Bavarian Forest, soon switching the conversation from flora to pop, discovering a shared love for dancing, and recruited Tim to join forces to help things take shape.

Ever since then, there was no looking back. This 8 track "Hard Feelings" 10” Mini-LP follows their continental disco hit from 2017 "Michelangelo", with its huge chorus and controversial banned video.

Over the course of the year, they added studio crack Nomen Nescio to the mix and delivered this all new set of songs for 2018.

As you'd expect, they had yet another explosive europop cocktail on their hands: think Lio, Icerink Records, GIRLS AT OUR BEST, LA BIONDA, MIKADO, LA CASA AZUL, Kim Wilde, only different.

Eventually, the takes have been sent to Ian Catt's (ELIZABETH CITY STATE, THE FIELD MICE, ALPACA SPORTS) studio down in Croydon for extra mixing and mastering.
Et voilà! Europop at its fizziest, ideal for dancefloors and walkmen.

1. The Soft Regime
Opens with the mission statement of intent. The federation of mild extreme announces its arrival with those first three notes, which are something of a rallying cry to the masses. When you hear this signal, you and your family will be able to give yourself to the regime. You’ll be hearing more from them soon... It's how they lure you in.

2. Lockdown
On your marks, get set, go! This fully realised smash has the band expressing their hard feelings in pure city sound. Of course, you can dance to it. Complete with heart stopping breakdown. Peak time stuff, like SHOCKING BLUE on nutritional supplement. Remanding a huge pop beast in custody is not easy. Armed guards need to be called in. The pop beast is engaging, upbeat, and full of thrilling surprises, but they are not giving anything away to Astrid. She will approach with trepidation.

3. Futura Ad Acta
A change of scenery. Sketches the glories of educated pop designs from the past. Think RAVISHING BEAUTIES, ACT FUSELI, SOFT VERDICT. Just like that love affair from thirty years ago, it is over before it even begins. Quotes Marguerite Duras.

4. Wild Swimming
SOFT REGIME are all serious swimmers, and mid-recording will take any opportunity to seek out a wild aquatic escape from urban city living. “Beyond the trees, the river is waiting patiently” they say. On one such occasion, they made acquaintance with a gentlemen guitarist with a pedigree of searching pop, it was Mr. Dickon Edwards from the groups FOSCA and ORLANDO. A connection was formed and Astrid hit upon the idea of singing a duet with him about their swimming adventures.

5. Johnny
Sometimes life can take you all the way to the departure lounge, but its up to you if you get on the plane. No matter how luxurious the jet is, sometimes it just doesn’t feel right. This song is based on an interview with an ageing 60s socialite in the London Times.

6. Capri Underground
"In August, most of Europe goes on holiday." - Luchino Visconti
From the surface, all you can see is yachts and glorious sunshine, but to the initiated, if you head below the surface, you can find the next level of culture and inspiration. Like music: when you reach the underground level, all wonders are revealed… It was written on the band's works outing to the Phlegrean islands this summer. An ode to secret knowledge and happiness money cannot buy. It features a devastating key change.

7. Nothing Really
Back in the late 80s, synth musician Howard Jones opened a restaurant called “Nowhere” in New York. The idea of course is that people would ask where they are lunching, they would say “Nowhere”. The restaurant burnt to the ground within a year. When listening to this track, if people ask. What are you listening to, the title is the response, and flames are inevitable.

8. A Propos
Here is the signal again, and what follows are instructions on how to be inducted into the SOFT REGIME, these are secrets from the dawn of humankind recently uncovered on the dance floor in a Romanian Discotheque. You take the bass, they’ll take the drums, let’s save the world before morning comes. Thank you for paying attention.

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released March 2, 2018

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Track Name: The Soft Regime
The velvet fist, this is our theme
Witness the Soft Regime
The federation of mild extreme
This is the Soft Regime

The grown up dream, the dance routine
Please embrace the Soft Regime
Do re mi, the laser beam
Come on over to the Soft Regime

The Soft Regime
The Soft Regime
Hey hey
Track Name: Lockdown
Lockdown, lockdown, lockdown...

You keep me guessing
The mystery is you
Are you playing games?
Should I rearrange my point of view?

Is it a singular vision?
There's evidence for sure
I've got options, yes
But I must confess
I've got to know the score…

But just when I think you're coming around
Everything goes into lockdown
Just when I think I'm breaking you down
Everything goes into lockdown

I will approach with trepidation
Give you one more chance to phone
I'm gonna blow this case wide open
I'm gonna claim you for my own

I will approach with trepidation
Give you one more chance to phone
I'm gonna blow this case wide open...

But just when I think you're coming around
Everything goes into lockdown
Just when I think I'm breaking you down
Everything goes into lockdown

Lockdown...
Lockdown...
Lockdown...
Lockdown...

Call it intuition
The tide is about to turn
In your pale blue eyes
There are big surprises I'm about to learn...

But just when I think you're coming around
Everything goes into lockdown
Just when I think we're breaking new ground
Everything goes into lockdown

I will approach with trepidation
I will approach with trepidation
Lockdown...
Lockdown...
Track Name: Futura Ad Acta
Instrumental
Track Name: Wild Swimming (With Dickon)
Sometimes you need 
To filter out the sounds of the city
Beyond the trees
The river is waiting patiently

What lies below
We're certainly can not be sure
We stash our clothes
We won't be needing them no more
Take a deep breath
What are you hesitating for?

Into the unknown
We dive in
We're all alone
We're wild swimming

Just out of reach of the trees 
It's all becoming so clear
Kicking up clouds with our feet
Nobody knows we are here

Beyond the rocks & the reeds
How far do you think we can go?
Being ignored by the geese
And long may it remain so

I know that deep down
We're wild things
And we might just drown
We're wild swimming

We should go
We should go
Dry out on the rocks
And we should take ourselves home
We should go
We should go
There's something going on out here
That we could never know

But this could be the start 
Of our daring escape
We'll keep on swimming out 
Until we find our fate
We could lose it all
Down the Riechenbach Falls
It's a chance we'll take

Into the unknown
We dive in
We're not going home
We're wild swimming…
Track Name: Johnny
JJJ-Johnny
Don't know where you go
You got money
More than I'll ever know

And right from the very start
Plaudits came from miles around
The high life is in my heart
Always some excitement going down

But ooh, I think I need a few more hours on my own...

You said it all in your sweetest voice
But you never really got me on the plane
Said it all in your sweetest voice
Don't think I want to ever hear it again

JJJ-Johnny
JJJ-Johnny ooh

Summer
Close to perfection
That old routine
At the drinks reception

(Come on)
It's time to get your act together
Get out of this you can do much better...

You said it all in your sweetest voice
But you never really got me on the plane
Said it all in your sweetest voice
There's something going on I can't explain

JJJ-Johnny
JJJ-Johnny ooh

(I don't wanna know
I don't wanna stay here)

November
You're on the evening news
Big spender
Her majesty is not amused

You've taken off with everything
Everybody else was taken in

You said it all in your sweetest voice
But you never really got me on the plane
Said it all in your sweetest voice
Don't think we're gonna see you round here again

JJJ-Johnny
JJJ-Johnny ooh
JJJ-Johnny
JJJ-Johnny ooh
You never got me
Track Name: Capri Underground
They say it started
So many years ago
But always stayed below the surface
Those other places
Well they've all had a go
But here, they've pushed
The envelope the furthest

And you'll never find the clubs 
If you're wondering above
But deep inside the grotto
There's a sign
Give the doorman rhubarb gin
Well they say he'll let you in 
And it will open up your mind

On the isle of Capri
The subculture beyond the sea
I hear it is the only place to be
And now you know
You're sworn to secrecy

And once you enter
You'll feel you don't belong
But still you're drawn in all the same
I've heard the music
Is played on brand new tones
By forward thinking bands
With backwards names

And anyone who's been
Says it's like you're in a dream
And all your preconceptions will explode
And anyone who knows
Wears custom espadrilles 
As a kind of secret code

On the isle of Capri 
The subculture beyond the sea 
Forget the yachts and bourgeoisie 
The underground is where you got to be

On the isle of Capri
The subculture beyond the sea
To arrive by boat would be obscene
Let's check it out in my submarine
Track Name: Nothing Really
Merci
Track Name: A Propos
We're taking every day one dance floor at a time
Digging out secrets from the dawn of humankind
There's all these levels to the things you thought you knew
Trust your instincts, make your move

You take the bass
We'll take the drums
Let's save the world before morning comes
You take the bass, we'll take the drums
It's always been the quiet ones
It's always been the quiet ones...

If you use the words you got stuck in your throat 
Work the magic that you keep under your coat
If you capture all to the spaces in-between the notes
Everything you want will come
Everything you want will come to you

Concentrate
Make your move
Concentrate
Make your move
Everything you want will come
Everything you want will come to you

A higher education
So hard to explain
Diplomatic relations
We're starting again...

You take the bass
We'll take the drums
Let's save the world before morning comes
You take the bass, we'll take the drums
It's always been the quiet ones
It's always been the quiet ones

If you use the words you got stuck in your throat 
Work the magic that you keep under your coat
If you capture all to the spaces in-between the notes
Everything you want will come
Everything you want will come to you

If you use the words you got stuck in your throat 
Work the magic that you keep under your coat
If you capture all to the spaces in-between the notes
Everything you want will come
Everything you want will come to you

Concentrate
Make your move
Concentrate
Make your move
Everything you want will come
Everything you want will come to you

Bass… Drums…

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