Steve and Remfry chewed the fat with Conrad Keeley and Jason Reece, the core duo behind alternative art rock band … And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead ahead of the penultimate show of their lengthy European tour. Seeing as it’s their 25th year as a band, the Riot Act boys took the opportunity to ask them questions pertaining to their entire career, as well as drill down on the making of their new album X: The Godless Void and Other Stories
Our mammoth list-a-thon concludes with Steve and Remfry’s second part of their Albums of the Decade.
This week, they count down numbers 10 – 1 which include albums from the likes of Deftones, Coheed and Cambria, Code Orange, Arcane Roots, Manchester Orchestra, letlive., Caspian, Touché Amoré and Baroness.
As it you hadn’t had enough of lists already, now it’s time for Steve and Remfry to decide and designate their favourite albums released between 2010 and 2019 (or in Remfry’s case, 2010 – 2018, much to the chagrin of Steve).
This week, they count down numbers 20 – 11 which includes albums from the likes of Grave Pleasures, And So I Watch You From Afar, Black Peaks, Devin Townsend Project, Her Name is Calla, The Black Queen, Agent Fresco, Destrage and Against Me!
Remfry sat down with Johannes Persson, vocalist and guitarist of Swedish post-metal legends Cult of Luna to discuss their latest album ‘A Dawn To Fear’, how the writing for this record differed from the previous few Cult of Luna releases, how Persson’s perception of Umeå, his home town, has changed over the years and his ethics growing up in the hardcore scene.
Remfry is joined by three excellent guests, Serena Cherry (of Svalbard), Jo Quail and A.A. Williams, to discuss Japanese instrumental quartet MONO and the impact they have had over 20 years as a band. The panel discuss the dynamics of MONO’s music and the influence it has had on each member of the panel, which then leads into a broader discussion about instrumental music, showmanship and the difference between practise and performance.
MONO curate a 20th anniversary event in London called ‘Beyond the Past’; three gigs across two days which will feature performances from Svalbard, Jo Quail and A.A. Williams as well as Boris, Envy, Årabrot, Alcest, Nordic Giants, Floating Spectrum and of course, MONO. The shows take place 13th – 14th December at Oval Space, Barbican and Village Underground in London and tickets are available here.
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.
Remfry sat down with George Pettit and Wade MacNeil from Canadian post-hardcore legends Alexisonfire just a few hours before their massive headlining show at London’s Alexandra Palace. They discuss the band’s reunion, their first new material since 2010’s Dog’s Blood EP (in the form of singles Familiar Drugs and Complicit) and what the future holds for the only band ever.
Steve and Remfry bring you their extensive guide to the UK festivals this summer, going through each line-up and giving their recommendations as to which bands you should see (as well as a few bands you should definitely miss). They cover Slam Dunk, All Points East, Portals, Download, Glastonbury, Tech-Fest, 2000Trees, Bloodstock, ArcTanGent and Reading & Leeds.
Remfry sat down for a chat with Dan ‘Soupy’ Campbell from The Wonder Years to discuss their last album Sister Cities, an album that got to #12 on Remfry’s Albums of the Year 2018. The record explores empathy in a tumultuous world and how we can find hope in difficult, politically charged times. They also discuss the reaction to the album a year on and if there’s any truth to the rumours that Sister Cities might be the last record from The Wonder Years.
Move over Mark Kermode. Eat your heart out Roger Ebert. Put down that popcorn Barry Norman. The Riot Act boys are in town and they’re here to talk movies. But they’re not doing so alone, as this week they’re joined once again by fellow pod-caster extraordinaire (and movie fanatic) Matt Stocks. You wanted the worst, well you got the worst!
Steve, Remfry and Matt cover four recently released music films, including Bohemian Rhapsody, The Dirt, Lords of Chaos and The Godfathers of Hardcore (about Queen, Mötley Crüe, Mayhem and Agnostic Front respectively). They also delve into what makes a good music film and Steve reveals the worst scene he’s ever seen in a film EVER! Beh-Doo