Remfry and Steve take a metaphorical trip to Palm Desert in the first part of our special on Queens of the Stone Age, covering thie 1998 self-titled debut. But they’re not alone, as Audience Please Podcast host and QotSA super-fan Adam Vallely joins them to dissect probably the most underappreciated record in the QotSA back catalogue. Together, they cover the transition from Kyuss to Queens, Joshua Homme’s desire to leave the stoner rock tag behind and how Queens of the Stone Age began (and remain) above their peers
Steve and Remfry cast their critical eye over new albums by Bright Eyes, Blues Pills, Primitive Man and I Like Trains, whilst also taking the opportunity to catch up on some live stream reviews from the past few weeks, including Biffy Clyro’s performance of A Celebration of Endings at Glasgow’s Barrowlands, Code Orange’s Mud TV Under the Skin Acoustic set and Nick Cave’s Idiot Prayer solo performance at a ‘deserted’ Alexandra Palace. And Broken Records continues to sink to hitherto unprecedented depths of despair as we cast BrokenCYDE’s 2009 debut full-length ‘I’m Not a Fan but the Kids Like It!’ into the fiery pits of Broken Record hell. Let’s hope they never crawl back out …
Originally On Patreon – 12/06/2019
Steve and Remfry take on an excellent suggestion by Max Ellis of one of our favourite vocalists Mark Lanegan. Released in 2004, Lanegan’s sixth full-length solo album was his most commercially successful to date, featuring a myriad of guests including PJ Harvey, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, Joshua Homme, Nick Oliveri, Greg Dulli and Chris Goss amongst a plethora of others.
Remfry and Steve are hot (in a temperaturial sense … we’re not THAT vain). Despite the heat, we don’t complan (much) and crack on with reviewing new releases by Biffy Clyro, Fontaines D.C., TE Morris and Jo Quail and Poisonous Birds. Plus we exalt Razorlight to their rightful position in Broken Records.
They also abandon all hope at the absolute twattery of attendees at Sturgis Biker Rally … no, not because they paid money to watch appalling ‘All-Star’ Shrek-wreckers Smash Mouth, but because seemingly the overwhelming majority of the crowd appeared mask-less amid an ongoing, global coronavirus pandemic …. blithering idiots!
There’s also sad news in the form of producer extraordinaire Martin Birch’s passing as well as LG Petrov’s diagnosis with un-curable cancer. If you’d like to help donate to the cause, visit Petrov’s Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-petrov
In the second part of our look into the mighty mighty Bostonians Cave In, Remfry dives deep into Antenna, the band’s third studio album and their first (and last) on major label RCA. Continuing their streak of confounding fan expectations and creative exploration, Antenna marked yet another stylistic shift in their sound. Some longtime fans balked, but Cave In’s dedicated free-thinking fans were treated to 12 slabs of melodic, hook-laden songs of exquisite quality. Steve and Remfry discuss the major-label post-harcore boon of the early 2000s, the interlinking classic EP Tides of Tomorrow and Remfry’s experience seeing the band opening for Foo Fighters in 2003 as well as their stunning tribute to bassist Caleb Schofield at Roadburn Festival in 2008. Available over on patreon.com/riotactpodcast.
On this week’s Classic Albums Series podcast, Steve and Remfry travel back in time (and space, LOL!) to dig into the second album from Boston metalcore brutes turned space rock innovators Cave In; 2000’s masterpiece Jupiter. We look at the Boston scene of the late 90’s and how Cave In risked the ire of punk rockers to create, in our opinion, the first ever amalgam of hardcore and prog rock, the influence it had on the scene, the legacy of the record and why we believe that Cave In deserve a place in this list despite not being the most commercially successful band. Plus, we hear from Cave In’s own Stephen Brodsky, who answers some of our questions and reminisces on the creation and recording of the record
New releases come courtesy of Alanis Morissette, The Fall of Troy, Jaye Jayle, Orbit Culture and Concrete plus Steve and Remfry consign Limp Bizkit’s 4th studio album Results May Vary to the Broken Records bin, as well as getting in a little moan about the reaction to Biffy Clyro replacing Iron Maiden at Download Festival.
It’s a very varied show this week as Remfry and Steve review new releases by Creeper, Imperial Triumphant, Taylor Swift, Alain Johannes, Fall of Messiah and a split between NoFX and Frank Turner. There’s sad news as we pay tribute to Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green and hip-shaking Mick Jagger swaggers his way into Broken Records with his sophomore solo album Primitive Cool
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