Steve speaks to Winston McCall about Nick Cave, his reception in Australia compared to the UK, his peerless lyricism and McCall’s favourite Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds album Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus. They also discuss how Nick Cave influences Parkway Drive and in particular how the last NC&TBS’s album, 2016’s stunning Skeleton Tree, directly shaped The Colour of Leaving, the final song on Parkway Drive’s latest album Reverence.
On Riot Act’s seventh special, we welcome fellow podcaster Matt Stocks on to the show to talk about music media, and how it’s changing rapidly before our very eyes. What role do podcasts have to play in music media? Why isn’t rock music well-represented in the mainstream music press? Is print really dying? And how exactly did Steve treat former BBC weather forecaster Michael Fish when he was invited on to Steve’s show on TeamRock Radio? All these questions answered and more. Matt Stocks has been a presenter on Kerrang! Radio and Scuzz TV before he moved on to start his own podcast, Life In The Stocks. He’s interviewed a wide variety of guests from the worlds of music, television and film for the show including Tom Morello, Gene Simmons, Thomas Turgoose, Kate Lawler, Bez, Laura Jane Grace, B-Real, John Lydon, Dom Joly, Gail Porter and Doug Stanhope.
Neil Fallon is one of the most distinctive vocalists in music. As the frontman for Maryland quartet Clutch, he has routinely written exceptional couplets and manipulated his voice in a myriad of astonishing and remarkable ways. 2019 marks Fallon’s 28th year fronting Clutch, one of the most respected and consistent bands in heavy rock, and in that time, he has never failed to bring his unique and inimitable style to the band, elevating it above many of their peers.
In this exclusive chat backstage at Brixton Academy before headlining their biggest show in the UK to date, Remfry sat down with Neil to discuss his process and his approach to vocals. They discuss everything from Fallon’s roots in the D.C. hardcore punk scene to the new approaches and techniques he has picked up to help on the road touring the band’s twelfth and most recent studio album Book of Bad Decisions. Steve and Remfry also decided to honour the great man by discussing their personal top 5 Neil Fallon performances from throughout Clutch’s illustrious career.
On this special episode of Riot Act, we are joined by the legendary Freddy Cricien, frontman of one of New York hardcore’s most enduring bands; Madball. With over three decades of hard road toil under his belt, and as a committed lover of live music Steve spoke to Freddy about his five favourite frontmen/women of all time.
We get his thoughts on just what it takes to command a stage, from the smallest dive bars to the biggest stadiums, and he reveals his memories from his own career, from the early days of the burgeoning New York hardcore scene watching Bad Brains and Agnostic Front to stepping out at Wembley Arena with Korn and Limp Bizkit As hardcore’s first ever representatives on an arena stage in the UK.
Despite only ever achieving limited commercials success, Sacramento California’s Far have had a profound influence on a wide range of rock bands including Biffy Clyro, Incubus, Thursday, Jimmy Eat World, Finch, Funeral For a Friend and Deftones. With the release of their forth full-length album Water & Solutions in 1998, Far created their ultimate musical statement, a concise blend of emotive hooks and hardcore sonics that before sadly splitting up barely a year later.
Remfry say down with Far frontman Jonah Matranga to discuss the making of the album, how it came to have such a profound influence on what became the burgeoning emo movement of the mid 2000s and the reasons that Water & Solutions doesn’t suffer from the crass commercialisation of sincerity that plagued that scene. Whilst Far split up shortly after W&S was released, it was merely the beginning for Matranga, who went on to form a number of other projects including Onelinedrawing, New End Original, Gratitude, I is Another and Camorra. Alongside Nick Cave, Bruce Springsteen, PJ Harvey and David Bowie, Matranga was one of the 5 artists we highlighted back on Episode 00 in our ‘Venn Diagram of Riot Act’ episode.
Remfry sat down with Holy Roar Records founder Alex Fitzpatrick and label assistant Sam Robinson to discuss the label that in 2018 alone brought you stunning releases from Rolo Tomassi, Møl, Conjurer, Svalbard, Boss Keloid, Pijn, Talons, Ohhms, Slow Crush, Secret Cutter, Modern Rituals, Garganjua, Giver, Group of Man, Portrayal of Guilt and Burning Vow.
Over almost 2 hours, they discuss the history of the label, and how they’ve built them up to be rock’s premier UK underground label for dark, heavy and extreme music. We discuss successes, mistakes, highs, lows and dive head-first into a lengthy diversionary diatribe about music streaming wherein Alex single-handedly devises an idea to save the music industry at large.
It’s only ruddy bloody Christmas isn’t it, and we couldn’t leave our faithful followers in the lurch when it came to delivering a Riot Act Christmas special. And who better to deliver such a sermon than our very own regular special guest Mr Jamie Lenman.
In the fourth edition of The World According to Jamie Lenman, the moustachioed wunderkind extols the virtues of Chas and Dave’s Christmas Carol Album, featuring the cockney duos’ renditions of prominent Chrimbo classics such as Good King Wenceslas Looked Out, We Three Kings and O Come All Ye Faithful! Ditch the Queen’s speech this year and gather the family* round the wireless to hear the dulcet tones of Chrimbo Jimbo.
*Unless your family don’t like swears … in which case, maybe listen to it without Granny.
It’s Riot Act’s first official special, and in the time-honoured tradition of shouting about the things we’re passionate about, we’ve decided to dedicate 90 minutes to the very special and unique Roadburn festival. Taking place annually in the serene city of Tilburg in The Netherlands, Roadburn seeks to constantly explore and push the boundaries of what heavy music is. From the sonically pulverising likes of Thou or At The Gates to the thematically weighty themes of Emma Ruth Rundle or Anna Von Hausswolff, Roadburn is a 4-day haven that actively works with the artists they host in order to bring patrons one-of-a-kind shows that have never been seen before and in many cases, will likely never be seen again.
Remfry sat down with Queen of Roadburn (perhaps not her official title) Becky Laverty to discuss Roadburn’s history, her experiences of the festival as a punter, and they try to pin down exactly what it is about Roadburn that has made it such an extraordinary place for heavy music fans for almost 20 years.