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.
Steve’s in a sing-song mood this week, giving his very personal renditions of songs by Will Haven, Die Antwoord and Dream Theater. Remfry, for the most part, sits bemused. Elsewhere there are reviews of the new albums from Architects, The Prodigy and Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers as well as live reviews of Slayer’s final London show, Cancer Bats, Anti-Flag, Palm Reader and Will Haven. Speaking of which, Steve sat down with guitarists Jeff Irwin (Will Haven) and Andy Gillan (Palm Reader) for a six-string love in. Trade off this week comes courtesy of Die Antwoord and Hindsights.