On this week’s show, Steve and Remfry review new releases by Swans, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Stake, Une Misère and Frail Body. Plus the boys talk about the new Bloodstock announcement and Morrissey selling albums by the likes of David Bowie, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Patti Smith and Lou Reed for $300 a pop … but they’re signed by Morrissey so, you know …. worth it!
With just 6 days to go until the UK is cast adrift from its European brothers and sisters after extending two fingers as an RSVP to the EU party, Remfry and Steve join Brexit dissenters Haggard Cat as they protest the 52%’s decision to leave … by spending 24 hours encased in a concrete box. Nice work chaps, that’ll show ’em!
Steve and Remfry review new albums by clipping., We Lost the Sea, Alcest, Mark Lanegan and Refused whilst Steve ventured out to see Killswitch Engage and Remfry recalls travelling tales from Scandinavia, whilst also finding time to attend And So I Watch You From Afar’s self-titled 10th anniversary show and Bad Pond Festival’s first stint in London town.
Remfry is away this week, mucking about in Europe. But Riot Act rolls on regardless. Stephen is joined by long time buddy and RA comrade Matt Stocks to review new releases from Foals, Ocean Wisdom and Elbow. Matt brings Against Me’s classic major label debut New Wave in for the first ever one sided trade off. And the boys chat Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees, Robb Flynn kicking off on instagram and Matt’s recent interview with Jaz Coleman from Killing Joke. Plus Steve compares everyone to Talk Talk. As usual.
Steve and Remfry continue to bring you the most eclectic alternative music round-up with reviews this week of new releases by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Babymetal, Lightning Bolt and Can’t Swim.
Steve also found time to go to the cinema this week (twice) where he was rudely confronted by Gary Glitter (his music, not the man himself) which once again raises the ugly question of whether art can (or should) be enjoyed once the artist has been convicted of a heinous crime. His second cinema excursion was a preview screening of Metallica’s S&M2 concert with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra whilst Remfry ventured up to Camden Town to see a glorious double-header in the form of Touché Amoré and Deafheaven. Additionally, the boys mourn the loss of the unhinged yet undeniably phenomenal drumming talent of Ginger Baker.
And trade-off continues the eclecticism as Steve brings under-rated Blues legend Roy Buchanan to the table whilst Remfry extols the virtues of alt-rock turned neo-classical composer Clint Mansell.
There are a plethora of live shows to cover this week on Riot Act, as Steve went to the rather morbid Static-X, Soil and Wednesday 13 in London whilst Remfry went to see Emma Ruth Rundle, Jo Quail in Bristol and Lingua Ignota in London. He also hot-footed it off to Cologne to report back from the 15th edition of Euroblast Festival where he saw a strong contender for worst gig in 20 years of seeing shows.
Albums reviewed include The Menzingers, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Renounced and Body Hound and trade off comes courtesy of Death By Stereo and Sunny Day Real Estate.
The Download announcement has got Steve and Remfry into a right tizzy, especially considering that Steve recently attended the Mercury Music Prize, an historically mocked (on this podcast at least) awards ceremony that’s giving far more exciting bands and artists a platform than Download seem to be managing at the moment. Steve and Remfry discuss (well …. Steve mainly rants, Remfry mainly listens).
Ironically, it comes at a time when there is plenty of extremely exciting rock and metal bands making music, as is demonstrated in this week’s album reviews with new releases by Car Bomb, .gif from God and Nervus. The boys also cast their beady critical eye over new albums by 65DaysofStatic and Oddarrang and trade-off comes courtesy of mewithoutYou and Plan B.
Steve and Remfry review new releases by Opeth, Blink-182, Tides From Nebula and Soeur as well as the new song by Black Peaks. Plus, there’s yet more talk about ‘the most anticipated tour of next year’ The Hella Mega Tour and their rather extravagant VIP packages and Remfry went to see American Indie rock legends Pile.
Steve and Remfry review new albums by Pixies, Cult of Luna, Chelsea Wolfe and Mike Patton and Jean Claude-Vannier. Trade off this week comes courtesy of MDC and Imperial Triumphant.
They also discuss Tool taking the No#1 spot from Taylor Swift, Green Day’s newly announced uber tour as well as ‘the most exciting new guitar band in Britain’ (The Guardian, June 2019) black midi.
At this year’s ArcTanGent festival, Remfry sat down with a veritable feast of fantastic musicians to discuss the music industry and how to navigate it, including Pedram Valiani (Frontierer), Serena Cherry (Svalbard), Greg Kubacki (Car Bomb), Justine Jones (Employed To Serve) and Rabea Massaad (Toska). This is the entire chat, (mostly) unedited for you to enjoy.
We’re recording early this week cause Steve’s off to New York for a holiday; it’s left the boys feeling a little discombobulated.
Still, they knuckle down and review new releases by Korn, Hawk Eyes, Microwave and The Road, whilst trade-off is between two electronic giants in the form of Utah Saints and Three Trapped Tigers.