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.
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 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.