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 another incredibly busy week as Steve and Remfry review new releases by Thom Yorke, The Black Keys, Jamie Lenman, 3Teeth and Phoxjaw as well as live reviews of Converge, Weezer, Gojira, Rolo Tomassi, Will Haven and Conjurer (for the umpteenth bloody time!) They also discuss the Glastonbury headlines performances from The Killers, The Cure and Stormzy.
Remfry is away this week, sampling the delights of Amsterdam (more of that next week), but fear not, our good friend Matt Stocks is here to step into his shoes to talk through all the highlights of this years Download festival. Steve and Matt chat about the great (Clutch, Power Trip), the pathetic (Godsmack) and the Tool (Tool). Plus all the other high and lowlights. There’s also a trade off, featuring Kilkenny alt-rock underdogs Kerbdog’s On The Turn and the groundbreaking, proto-riot grrl punk rock of X Ray Spex Germfree Adolescents, and details of YOUR invite to Riot Act’s upcoming 1st birthday party.
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.
Remfry’s a little err … spaced out this week after a last minute trip to The Netherlands with ‘most horrible band in the music industry’ Conjurer has left him slightly frazzled. Oh and his tooth ruddy hurts! Steve’s alright though, although he does have a bee in his bonnet about early 00s indie rock. Too right frankly … it’s all s**t!
Elsewhere Stephen and Remfry review new albums by Dream Theater, The Specials and Minors and trade-off comes courtesy of Adebisi Shank and The Bravery.
It’s another week of looking back on some of 2018’s missed records on this week’s Riot Act. Steve and Remfry chat about this year’s releases from Car Seat Headrest, Thou, Basement, Wire Love, Ocean Wisdom, Nothing and also discuss whether The 1975’s new album really is a ‘Millennial OK Computer’. The trade off see’s the boys talking about the relative merits of Technique by New Order and Caspian’s Dust And Disquiet. And we truly live up to our status as an ‘alternative’ podcast, but exploring some truly alternative lifestyle practices… after all, what’s more alternative than beastiality?
It’s a big week for reviews this week as Steve and Remfry discuss the latest releases from some sizeable bands: Alice In Chains, Interpol, Death Cab For Cutie, Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood, and Idles. There’s also discussion on this year’s Heavy Music Awards, which band have made the most successful change in their sound, and on who is the REAL star of this show!
Most importantly Remfry sits down to chat with Frontierer about their incredible new album Unloved and how they are doing their best to shape heavy music into exciting new forms.
This week, Stephen and Remfry are putting two + two together as they get all mathematically minded whilst reviewing ArcTanGent 2018… well, Remfry does. Unfortunately, Steve didn’t put his workings in the margins and consequently turned up late and left early. What a plonker!
Elsewhere Remfry goes ballistic after seeing The Fever 333’s debut demonstration in London mere hours before the show was recorded and Steve goes stark raving bonkers over the new album from Mantar, as well as giving us a history lesson in art so offensive, even the Nazis disapproved of it!
The boys also review new albums from Jesus Piece and Leeched and verdicts are given on the latest Album Swap; Entombed’s Same Difference and Oceansize’s Effloresce. Plus comment is given on the new single from Sheffield metalcore abandoners Bring Me The Horizon.
It’s a bumper live review episode of Riot Act this week as Stephen and Remfry have spent the last week seeing… well, pretty much band ever! From Pianos Become The Teeth to Danzig, from Larry And His Flask to Iron Maiden, and all culminating in a full review of Bloodstock Open Air, the UK’s premier metal festival.
We also review the new album from Foxing, take a retrospective look at Ian Brown’s Music Of The Spheres and Sigur Rós’ Kveikur, and we try to recite the alphabet backwards… although no one really knows why.
After kicking Riot Act off in style with a podcast filled with some of the biggest names in music in episode 00, this week we cast our net into the furthest reaches of the musical landscape to bring you a dozen of 2018’s most exciting yet unheralded acts. There’s everything from gritty, earnest Americana to mind bogglingly savage tech-metal, and everything in between.
We also chat about our escapades over the last month. We both went to see Pearl Jam, Remfry went to see Palm Reader and Stephen went to a caravan for a few days with his wife. There’s probably a bit too much chat on that if we’re honest…