It’s been a minute since we’ve released any Interview Specials what with one thing and another but we’re back with a very special chat indeed as Remfry sat down with Tom Begley, the mastermind and low-end rumble provider from post-metal stoner legends Bossk. We’re here to discuss their second full-length album Migration, a record that had a very unorthodox gestation. We discuss the collaborative nature of the record, how the band wrote music over noisescapes that were provided by Japanese band Endon, the guest spots from Johannes Persson from Cult of Luna and Josh Mckeown from Palm Reader, the circumstances behind the delay of vinyl that is affecting bands on a global scale, plus the future of Bossk and the exciting prospect of even more new Bossk music coming sooner than people might think.
In a special Riot Act Podcast exclusive, Steve sat down with the UK’s own prog overlord, former Porcupine Tree leader and all round music obsessive Steven Wilson to chat about his new album The Future Bites.
We discuss the albums themes, with that awkward feeling of being an avid consumer against consumerism being among them, the records more pop like sensibilities, taking us into discussions on everyone from Talk Talk to Pet Shop Boys to The Weeknd, what the definition of progressive music is in the year 2021 and, of course, both of the Steve’s love and admiration for Taylor Swift.
We’ve been beavering away behind the scenes for the last couple of months to create a Christmas Carol Medley performed by a veritable feast of guests to raise money for a fund setup by Music Venues Trust for venues that didn’t receive funding from the UK Government bailout.
Remfry sat down with our arrange meister general Mr. Tom Peters from Alpha Male Tea Party, who has painstakingly arranged four carols together for our band of uber-musicians to perform. They talk about bringing all the disparate elements of the medley together, forming an uber group consisting of members of Alpha Male Tea Party, Delta Sleep, The Physics House Band and InTechnicolor to bring the instrumentals to our monstrous medley of festive fun.
Joining them on vocals are members of SikTh, Her Name is Calla, False Advertising, Hebe Jones, El Moono, Congé and Better Than Mending. They also discuss the choice of carols, Good King Wenceslas, Ding Dong Merrily On High, O, Little Town of Bethlehem and Silent Night.
Remfry sat down for a lengthy, ramble chat with his good friend Vlad Matveikov to talk about the music industry at large and where we are at the end of 2020. They cover topics that have affected the industry at large this year, how Covid-19 affected the industry, the impact of livestreams and the ongoing debate about streaming platforms and how bands make money from their art.
Vlad is one of the founders of Small Pond, a record label, studio and practise space based in Brighton. Bands who have released music through Small Pond include CLT DRP, Bitch Falcon, Wild Cat Strike, Natalie Evans, The Physics House Band, Mutiny on the Bounty, Luo and Kint. Remfry asks Vlad about how he came to Brighton, build a recording studio and practise space from scratch with absolutely no previous building experience and setup Small Pond as a record label and successful venture that has helped to nurture some of the most talented, forward-thinking acts on the South Coast.
They also discuss Bad Pond Festival, an annual event that is streaming live for free on Saturday 19th December. The stream will also feature pre-recorded interviews by Remfry that will air between sets.
Bands playing Bad Pond are …
– Jamie Lenman
– Saint Agnes
– A.A. Williams
– Gender Roles
– CLT DRP
– Yumi and the Weather
For this very special episode of Riot Act, Steve is joined by two of our collective favourites; Max Cavalera and Greg Puciato. Known for their individual work in bands like Sepultura, Soulfly, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Black Queen and Cavalera Conspiracy, the duo join us to talk about the second album from their most super of supergroups, Killer Be Killed. We hear about the formation of the band, that dates back to the last decade, the way in which Max and Greg roped in Mastodon’s Troy Sanders and Coverge’s Ben Koller, and how they finally feel that KBK is a proper band that are (fingers crossed) in it for the long haul.
Remfry took the opportunity to sit down with Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil to talk about their 9th studio album ‘A Celebration of Endings’, as well as the band’s radical Glasgow Barrowlands livestream and Biffy Clyro’s ability to infiltrate the mainstream despite being a really odd band.
Remfry also had the chance to ask Simon about a number of other projects he’s put his name to during lockdown including Empire State Bastard, Tippy Toes and a new Marmaduke Duke record.
Remfry tootled down to Brighton to speak to Annie Dorrett, vocalist with raging electro-punk newcomers CLT DRP (it’s pronounced Clit Drip … do clits drip?) to discuss the lyrical themes of their brilliantly acerbic and candid debut album Without the Eyes. They discuss a whole bunch of pertinent themes (body shaming, toxic masculinity, ‘controversial’ artwork etc) as well as taking some interesting tangents into discussing Disney movies and musical theatre … you have been warned!
It’s time for another special Riot Act interview podcast. This week Steve sat down with Will Gould from Southampton’s premier horror punks Creeper to talk about their long awaited second album Sex, Death and The Infinite Void. Will reveals the context that the album was created in, from Creeper “splitting up” onstage at Koko in London at the end of 2018, the pressure they felt to follow up Eternity in Your Arms, the curse that surrounded everyone who worked on the album, the influence of America on its creation and how the band ended up embracing the long forgotten sound of Pulp, Suede and Brit-pop to make the finest album of their career
Remfry and Steve return to an idea as old as Riot Act itself as they pick 8 covers each to discuss over almost 3 hours. The songs that bands decide to cover and the way that they cover them can tell you a lot about the band itself, something that the boys dissect at length.
Together, they look at covers of songs by the likes of The Beatles, Refused, The Prodigy, Nina Simone, Sunny Day Real Estate, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, Nirvana, Iron Maiden, Weezer, Deftones, The Police, Killing Joke and Frank Sinatra
As part of our 2nd birthday celebrations, we welcome on to Riot Act for the first time former Editor in Chief and OG Metal Hammer Podcast presenter Gill to fill him in on what on earth has been happening in the world of heavy metal in the past 9 years since he moved to Norfolk to be a farmer (or something).
Steve and Remfry go through the main events of the metal calendar from 2011 to present and along the way, give Gill 8 albums to listen to so he has an overview as to what the hell has been happening in this crazy world of heavy metal. Those albums are The Satanist by Behemoth, Statues by Black Peaks, Devil is Fine by Zeal & Ardor, Mareridt by Myrkur, Leather Teeth by Carpenter Brut, Prequelle by Ghost, amo. by Bring Me the Horizon and Underneath by Code Orange.