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
Steve and Remfry both ventured out to their first UK festival of the year in the form of Slam Dunk. They bring you their review through a very heavily Riot Acted-tinted perspective (i.e. atypical). Speaking of festivals, they also discuss a couple of interesting additions to the Glastonbury line-up and Steve reports back from Wembley Arena where he saw grunge-metal legends Alice in Chains.
Album reviews this week come courtesy of Her Name is Calla, Cave In, Royal Republic and Cursed Earth and Trade off comes courtesy of Hope Fading Nightly by Tellison and The Hardest Way To Make A Living by The Streets.
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.