Remfry and Steve honour Skunk Anansie’s Skin as she is set to receive an OBE from The Queen (the monarch, not the band), discuss Roger Waters being aggy over social media and James Labrie guesting on his son’s band’s cover of Kickstart my Heart by Mötley Crüe, a song that feels as if it were recorded single-handedly with the intention of enraging us both.
We review new releases including I Lie Here Buried With My Rings and My Dresses by Backxwash, Migration by Bossk, Aggressive Continuum by Fear Factory, Path of Wellness by Sleater-Kinney and Arrows In Words From the Sky by Machine Head.
Steve and Remfry discuss the relative merits of writing their memoirs … is it too early? Could we ask Jordan to ghost write it? Would anybody care? Expect to see two volumes in your local Waterstones by the end of the week (RRP £18.99). Something that will undoubtedly be better written is Bill Bailey’s proposed song for Eurovision 2022, something that will automatically give the UK their best chance of winning in years! We can’t agree on which is better though, Katrina and the Waves or Gina G …
Albums reviewed this week include Bodies by AFI, Blue Weekend by Wolf Alice, No Gods No Masters by Garbage and Replica of a Strange Love by Wristmeetrazor
Steve and Remfry ‘go down and deep’ on the Download Pilot line-up and end up completely and utterly contradicting our stance from last week by having a *whispers* bit of a moan. Still … festivals are back … sort of … yay! Something that no-one in their right mind should have a problem with is us moaning about the fact that Vince Neil STILL has a career in music even though he is clearly a washed up, overweight sexist sack of shit who can’t sing, as he proved earlier this week at a festival in Iowa. What an utter goober!
Albums reviewed this week are Nowhere Generation by Rise Against, Arrows by Red Fang, Family the Smiling Thrush by Boss Keloid and Drool by Part Chimp
Steve’s furious as per after Remfry takes 25 minutes to make a coffee … Why do something in 3 minutes when you can do it in 25 eh?
Once we get around to talking about … ya know, MUSIC, we discuss the news that Download are set to host a three day pilot festival at a capacity of 10,000 in three weeks time … a festival … with music … in a field … in three weeks. Bet the internet’s still gonna kick off though isn’t it! Oh and ex-Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is, in the words of Frankie Howerd, a very dirty old man.
Reviews this week are Cavalcade by black midi, Lustful Sacraments by Perturbator, Wretched Abyss by Noctule and Perfect by Mannequin Pussy.
Remfry and Steve discuss weird collaborations as the news breaks that A$AP Rocky has wrangled in Morrissey to guest on his new album …….. joy! In other news, Slipknot’s Shawn Crahan (AKA Clown) is to release his own brand of Cannabis products, Glastonbury have been granted a license to hold a mini-festival called Equinox with a capacity of 50,000 patrons and accusations against Prince have once again reared their ugly head in a New York Times interview conducted with Sinead O Connor.
Albums reviewed this week include Intruder by Gary Numan, Witness by VOLA, Frontera by Fly Pan AM and Flag by Prosperina.
Steve let’s his love for Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore be known in a very unorthodox way and seems intent on bringing the weird perversion up frequently on this week’s show. Remfry, no stranger to wild perversions himself, respects Steve’s life choices, but wants no part of it.
Thank the God of synth-pop then that there’s plenty to talk about on this week’s show otherwise we’d be stuck in an eternal shitstorm loop. We discuss award show politics and ponder how an artist who has released just one single in the past 12 months can win Best International Female Solo Artist over someone who, in the same period has released three full-length albums all of which have gone to #1 in the UK Charts. Similar pondering occurs over Rage Against the Machine and Iron Maiden still not being deemed worthy entrants to the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame … although we’re less fussed about it than the internet seems to be. Plus we discuss Die Antwoord’s removal from ALT+LDN festival and what (if any) implications that has for festival bookings in the future. Oh and listening to heavy metal makes you fat … apparently.
In terms of reviews, it’s our first catch-up show of 2021, as we dissect releases from bands we missed including Bob Vylan’s We Live Here, For Your Health’s In Spite Of, Genesis Owusu’s Smiling With No Teeth, Youth Code & King Yosef’s collaborative effort A Skeleton Key in the Doors of Depression, Ben Howard’s Collections From the White Out and Kauan’s Ice Fleet.
Remfry is uncharacteristically keen to talk about the rumours of a new Spice World film that is set to emerge next year to coincide with Spice Girls’ 25th anniversary (according to The Sun … so maybe don’t get your hopes up Spice Girls fans). Also in the news, one of the best new stories of the year, nay the decade, nay EVER – a drunk man was arrested after swinging a full colostomy bag at police. What has this to do with music? Well, it happened at Kid Rock’s Honky Tonk Rock ‘N Roll Steakhouse in Nashville. So, just another typical day at the Steakhouse then …
Albums reviewed this week are Van Weezer by Weezer, Endless Arcade by Teenage Fanclub, The Last Three Seconds by Voronoi and There Is No God Where I Am by Cruelty.
With the sad news that 2000Trees has had to postpone their 2021 edition, Steve and Remfry take a realistic look at whether the UK will be seeing festivals this summer or not … don’t get your hopes up. But nevermind, there’s always 2022 and Download have swooped in to cheer us all up by announcing 70+ bands for next year’s line-up, which is exciting isn’t it! … Isn’t it!? Well, in typical Download fashion … no it’s not. Darn!
Still, there is plenty to get excited about as it’s a HUMONGOUS week for new music! We review Fortitude by Gojira, The Million Masks of God by Manchester Orchestra, Typhoons by Royal Blood and Hell Unleashed by Evile.
Remfry and Steve start this week’s show on a sombre note as we pay tribute to Jim Steinman, the colourful composer behind hits like Bat Out Of Hell and Total Eclipse Of The Heart, who passed away earlier this week from kidney failure after being ill for some time.
In other news, the internet has been a-buzz with hype after Mudvayne announced they are set to return to US festivals to play their first shows since their hiatus in 2010. Exciting news for sure, but maybe not quite as exciting as many people seem to be making out.
Albums reviewed this week are Sweep It Into Space by Dinosaur Jr., Californian Soil by London Grammar, Vital by Big I Brave, and Intermission by Assertion.