It’s an episode 100 bonanza, as Steve and Remfry review new releases by HAIM, A.A. Williams, Phoxjaw, Hum and Glorious and they beam up William Shatner to our Broken Records pit of despair (if you can beam one up to a pit) covering his 1968 album The Transformed Man.
Steve and Remfry discuss COVID-19, how it’s affecting the music industry and how it’ll affect Riot Act (don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere). They also review new albums by Myrkur, Hyborian, Telepathy and Birthmarks and live reviews of Palm Reader, Employed to Serve, A.A. Williams and Turnstile. Plus, our first album for Broken Records is Six Feet Under’s Graveyard Classics II
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.
We’ve (Remfry) has been banging on about it all bloody year and finally ArcTanGent 2019 is upon us! And we’ve brought along a couple of guests in the form of Brady ‘C**t’ Deeprose and Dan Nightingale, who are (selfishly) in two bands; C**jurer and Curse These Metal Hands. 38 bands are reviewed including Nordic Giants, Møl, Raketkanon, Pijn, Coheed and Cambria, Car Bomb, Carpenter Brut, The Beft, Sleep Token, LLNN, Palm Reader, Three Trapped Tigers, Bossk, We Never Learned To Live, And So I Watch You From Afar, Caspian, Cult of Luna, Brutus, Black Peaks feat. Jamie Lenman, The St. Pierre Snake Invasion, Frontierer and Meshuggah
Remfry is joined by Ben Tipple, a freelance journalist who has worked for Kerrang!, Metro, Punktastic, GoldFlakePaint and DIY, to review one of the best festivals the UK has to offer, 2000muthafuckinTrees. Remfry and Ben review 42 bands over the course of 3+ hours including Every Time I Die, Jamie Lenman, The Armed, Holding Absence, Phoxjaw, Mongol Horde, Therapy? Milk Teeth, Raketkanon, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, Haggard Cat, Puppy, Drug Church, Rolo Tomassi and probably for the first and last time You Me At Six.
It’s an absolutely monumental week this week, partly cause there’s a lot of brilliant new music out but mainly because Remfry’s gallivanting off to that bloody Europe next week and alas, he won’t be present to wax lyrical about it all for you. But we have another treat for you all in store next week…more details on the show.
But nevermind that because on this episode are reviews of new albums by Baroness, Dinosaur Pile Up, The St Pierre Snake Invasion, Bokassa, Heart of a Coward and Jambinai. Cor blimey guv, that’s a hell of a lot of great music to get through (and some not so great music depending on whose opinion you value more). There’s also an extensive review of Portals Festival and a discussion around the Frank Turner / The Armed controversy.
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.
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.
This week’s episode of Riot Act comes with a twist! Usually, it’s Steve who is the grumpy one, but this week Remfry is going in on EVERYONE, presumably due to his less than flattering inclusion on the Batman Soundtrack Wikipedia page. He GROANS about Architects’ glorious Wembley triumph! He MOANS about Shaun Ryder and his Black Grape chums sounding too 90s on ‘It’s Great When You’re Straight, Yeah!’ after he was given them on Trade Off! He SLAMS Flint thugs King 810… He likes A.A. Williams and Puppy though. Steve is happy enough to talk about everything, including Remfry’s Trade Off pick ‘We Walk Unbalanced’ by Chronicles Of Adam West. Back to usual next week no doubt.