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144 – Bob Vylan Genesis Owusu, Youth Code & King Yosef and Ben Howard

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. 

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143 – Weezer, Teenage Fanclub, Voronoi and Cruelty

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.

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142 – Gojira, Manchester Orchestra, Royal Blood and Evile

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. 

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141 – Dinosaur Jr., London Grammar, Big I Brave and Assertion

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.

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140 – The Armed, Greta Van Fleet, While She Sleeps and Cannibal Corpse

Steve and Remfry discuss the passing of DMX as well as the dubious reunion of Emperor with ex-member Mortiis (fine) and Faust (…. ah!) Probably not your finest move Ihsahn, we’ll be honest. 


Albums reviewed this week are Ultra Pop by The Armed, The Battle At Garden’s Gate by Greta Van Fleet, Sleeps Society by While She Sleeps and Violence Unimagined by Cannibal Corpse.

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139 – The Offspring, Holding Absence, Devil Sold His Soul and Årabrot

There are important updates on Broken Records, Classic Albums and Remfry’s squeaky chair this week as well as news on will.i.am‘s latest foray into the world of tech and Ronnie Wood has been granted the freedom of the city of London … lucky him!

Reviews this week include Let the Bad Times Roll by The Offspring, The Greatest Mistake of my Life by Holding Absence, Loss by Devil Sold His Soul and Norweigan Gothic by Årabrot. 

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138 – Godspeed You! Black Emperor, DVNE, Hiraki and Bruit ≤

Remfry’s had his first vaccination much to Steve’s chagrin. Irrefutable proof that the NHS believe Remfry is a better person than Steve (guess who’s writing this episode description). 


In other far less exciting news, Daron Malakian has stated that ‘guns are essential’ in response to a frankly bizarre (and pretty crap to be honest) cover of BYOB by GunDrummer, a musician / irresponsible gun fetishising lunatic who replicates beats and drum patterns using firearms. In his defense, it’s a better use of guns than shooting people, so you carry on Mr. GunDrummer. 


And a group of songwriters who collectively have writing credits for some of the biggest artists in pop music (Dua Lipa, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, One Direction, Michael Bublé, Lorde, Shawn Mendes and Selena Gomez amongst others) have formed an advocacy group called The Pact to raise awareness and prevent pop stars from taking writing credits on songs that they didn’t write. Naughty naughty pop stars … 


Albums reviewed this week are G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END! by Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Etemen Ænka by Dvne, Stumbling Through The Walls by Hiraki and The Machine Is Burning And Now Everyone Knows It Could Happen Again by Bruit ≤

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137 – Death From Above 1979, Tomahawk, Xiu Xiu and Black Spiders

Steve and Remfry start proceedings this week by going into a very strange tangent inspired by the Sky Arts documentary Allen V Farrow (sorry about that). In the news, Vinyl sales look set to eclipse CD sales in the UK since 1987 and Roger ‘Man of the People’ Daltrey is releasing his own branded Champagne. 
New releases reviewed this week include Is 4 Lovers by Death From Above 1979, Tonic Immobility by Tomahawk, OH NO by Xiu Xiu, the self-titled album by Black Spiders and Serj Tankian’s Elasticity EP

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136 – Lana Del Rey, Genghis Tron, ’68 and Wheel

Well … The Grammys happened … 

Reviews this week include Chemtrails Over the Country Club by Lana Del Rey, Dream Weapon by Genghis Tron, Give One, Take One by ’68 and Resident Human by Wheel. 

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135 – Rob Zombie, Pupil Slicer, Maximo Park and Eyehategod

A sombre start to the show this week as, after a brief battle with bile duct cancer, Entombed A.D. vocalist LG Petrov has passed away at the age of 49. Remfry and Steve pay tribute to a man who has influenced countless bands across the extreme world. RIP LG. 

In other news, Kreator are going to be headlining Bloodstock Festival this year (if it goes ahead) replacing Mercyful Fate, Architects secured a No.1 album on the UK Official Album Charts and, bizarrely, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine has claimed that there are no bands anymore … 

Reviews this week include The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy by Rob Zombie, Mirrors by Pupil Slicer, Nature Always Wins by Maximo Park and A History of Nomadic Behaviour by Eyehategod.