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.
Bonjour is in an incredibly tetchy mood this week, doing everything she can in an attempt to sabotage the podcast and muscle her way in on the reviews. Maybe she’s bitter about the fact that Steve’s not been able to pay her all that much attention this week, as it’s the first catch up show of 2019. And blimey Charlie there is a veritable feast of fantastic albums that the Riot Act crew have missed over the last 5 months.
Steve and Remfry look back over 8 albums they missed by Sharon van Etten, Idiot Pilot, Latitudes, Teeth of the Sea, Cartograpghs, Herod, Lotus Eater and SeeYouSpaceCowboy
On top of that, there are an additional two album reviews from opposite ends of the Riot Act spectrum both out this week courtesy of The National’s ‘I Am Easy To Find’ and Full of Hell’s ‘Weeping Choir. There’s also live reviews of Brutus, Employed to Serve, Loathe and Devil Sold His Soul.
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.
There are new songs by Tool (and, since recording, a release date for their new album of August 30th) but Steve and Remfry don’t wanna listen to no shitty phone recording fool! All the same, they find reason to talk about it cause ya know … Tool!
They also review new albums by Employed to Serve, The Get Up Kids and We Never Learned to Live as well as having a discussion around the new Amon Amarth album and their proclamation that they would like to take the heavy metal baton once the Metallicas and Iron Maidens of the world croak … but are they capable of doing so?
All this plus possibly the most acerbic trade-off of them all as two titans of rock go head to head in the form of AC/DC … and Reel Big Fish. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap goes up against We’re Not Happy Til You’re Not Happy, an album that lives up to its title by not making Stephen Hill happy. Warning: features fudge eating.
Shout out to Elliot Holt for providing us with our sixth Rioteers Review in the form of Frank Turner’s 4th full-length studio album England Keep My Bones. It was a record of transformation for Turner in a myriad of ways; he played his 1,000th show, headlined Wembley Arena and christened his band The Sleeping Souls all whilst promoting this album. It marks the point where a punk with an acoustic guitar from Winchester managed to infiltrate the mainstream and become inescapable, to the joy of some and the ire of others.
This week there’s a plethora of great albums to discuss from the likes of Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, The Wildhearts, The Physics House Band and a collaboration between Marissa Nadler and Stephen Brodsky. Steve also went to see Ho99o9 live, whilst Remfry attended shows by Restorations and Devin Townsend.
This week’s trade off come courtesy of Acid Bath’s ‘When the Kite String Pops’ and Beach Slang’s ‘The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us’ and there’s a detour into mainstream pop territory as the boys discuss rising star Billie Eilish.
Steve is pitting Britain vs. America in Trade-off this week, as the quintessentially British The Verve goes up against rootin’ tootin’ Americana savages Hootie and the Blowfish. Spoiler, Britain win ….
There are also reviews of new albums by The Flaming Lips, The Damned Things and Lost in the Riots and Remfry recounts his version of events at Daughters London headline show.
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
Remfry somehow managed to secure himself another trip to The Netherlands in as many months, so that he could report back to you about festivities at Roadburn 2019. Space cake may or may not have been consumed. Remfry goes into details about the bands he saw including Cave In, Daughters, Mono and the Jo Quail Quintet, A.A. Williams and more.
Back in the room with Steve, the boys review new albums from The Chemical Brothers, Sunn O))) and Memory of Elephants and trade-off this week comes courtesy of Graham Coxon’s Happiness is Magazines and Down I Go’s You’re Lucky God, That I Can Not Reach You.
In an uncharacteristic move for an old cynical punk, Stephen Hill went to see Marks-and-Spencer-core fatigue merchants Doves and Mancunian poptastic royalty Take That and was able to make a surprising comparison between the two. Remfry went to the more usual Riot Act fare of IDLES and Memory of Elephants.
The boys also review new releases from Idlewild, Inter Arma and Blood Command and this week’s trade-off is DevilDriver’s Outlaws ‘Til the End, Vol 1 and Damien Rice’s 9.