Remfry sat down with Sharptooth vocalist Lauren Kashan to discuss some of the pertinent themes explored on the Baltimore hardcore band’s new album Transitional Forms. Together, they vent about the current state of the world on topics as broad as cancel culture, misogyny, mental health issues and why despite the fact that we’re in such a tumultuous period of history it seems that so few heavy bands have anything meaningful to say.
Steve’s been feeling rotten all week, so Remfry has curated a veritable feast of records to gorge on from this year that we’ve missed including sleepmakeswaves, Martin Grech, Wilderun, Modern Rituals and Dogleg. Despite spending most of his week in bed, Steve did find the time to watch Trivium’s live online stream ‘A Mirror or a Distant Light’ and the truth is Theory of a Deadman are ripe for Broken Records, our search to find the worst record of all time.
Steve and Remfry discuss the phenomenal third studio album from desert rock legends Kyuss. The band invented and perfected stoner rock, a sub-genre that has since gone on to inspire countless bands and entire festival bills (no Kyuss? No Desertfest!) Alongside 1992’s Blues for the Red Sun, Welcome to Sky Valley is generally considered their greatest record.
In this weeks Classic Album special Steve gets the chance to pick one of the most important albums in his formative musical years; the third album from Britpop superstars Blur, 1994’s Parklife.
We examine the what it was that made the band embrace their quintessentially British sound, how it paved the way for the onset of Britpop’s commercial peak, why they railed against America and the grunge movement that was dominating at the time, the huge success of the record, which saw the band win a record number of BRIT Awards and turned them into one of the biggest bands in the country, the role both Robbie Williams and Kurt Cobain played in making Damon Albarn a heartthrob, where the band went next after their war with Oasis and, crucially, does the music still hold up in 2020 and is Parklife worthy of its classic status… no spoilers, but it’s the first time Steve and Remfry butt heads on the quality of an album in this series.
And it’s not about you joggers who go round and round and round… PARKLIFE! Available over on patreon.com/riotactpodcast.
Remfry and Steve discuss new releases by Bush, Jesu, Sharptooth and Inter Arma and after weeks of drought there’s finally some news! Unfortunately, it’s all pretty atrocious as the boys discuss Kanye West’s bid for the presidency, Tom Meighan’s dismissal from Kasabian and the passing of Ennio Morricone. Speaking of atrocious, Uncle Kracker’s 2000 debut album ‘Double Wide’ is the subject of Broken Records
It’s an episode 100 bonanza, as Steve and Remfry review new releases by HAIM, A.A. Williams, Phoxjaw, Hum and Glorious and they beam up William Shatner to our Broken Records pit of despair (if you can beam one up to a pit) covering his 1968 album The Transformed Man.
Steve and Remfry discuss the debut album from UNKLE, a multi-faceted mish mash of Trip-Hop and alternative rock. They discuss DJ Shadow’s involvement in the project, whether the record has dated particularly in relation to UNKLE’s other work and the surprising critical drubbing the record received upon release.
It’s Remfry’s pick and this time we head back to 1996 (again!) to discuss Pinkerton, the sophomore album by geek rock wunderkinds Weezer. He delves into the fascinating history of this album, which was famously derided on release and considered a massive critical failure. The boys pick apart the initial concept for the album, a space opera entitled Songs From the Black Hole, which, whilst abandoned, sowed the seeds for many of the songs and b-sides that would appear on Pinkerton. And there’s also the patented Riot Act Politically Correct Assessment (RAPCA) on the album’s ‘troubling’ lyrics. Available over on patreon.com/riotactpodcast.
Remfry’s got himself in a bit of a tizz over Dizzie Rascal, although he may have got the wrong end of the stick. Alongside Steve, he gets back on track reviewing new releases by Bob Dylan, Ohmms, Bo Ningen, Vile Creature and clipping. Plus, take a look at the 2011 collaborative album between Lou Reed and Metallica Lulu and discuss whether it really deserves the mauling that it received
On this week’s show, Remfry and Steve review new releases by Lamb of God, Phoebe Bridgers, Protest the Hero and Coriky and they also delved further into the pit of despair than ever on Broken Records, heading back to 1999 and pooping the party, with it’s soundtrack of hedonistic, misogynistic, will-waving in the form of Tommy Lee’s debut ‘solo’ album Methods of Mayhem