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
Steve and Remfry are joined by Employed to Serve mic-abuser and Holy Roar Records impresario Justine Jones this week to review new albums by Five Finger Death Punch, Nova Twins, Sightless Pit, Toundra and Intronaut. Steve waxes lyrical about one of the best new bands he’s seen live in a long long time and there’s discussion around a topic raised last week of musicians who had better careers solo than in bands
This week on Riot Act, Remfry watched some live music in the form of Alexisonfire at Ally Pally and The St. Pierre Snake Invasion at The Black Heart and Steve watched some “live” music at the Bring Me The Horizon day of All Points East festival who brought with them a veritable bunch of other bands who, for the most part, don’t seem to understand the basic concept of live music.
New albums come courtesy of Jane’s Addiction / Porno For Pyros legend Perry Farrell, Pelican, Motanka and Pleaides and in possibly the oddest trade-off so far, Steve listens to BRITN3Y by BRITNEY and Remfry endures Morbid Angel’s Illud Divinum Insanus.
Bonjour is in an incredibly tetchy mood this week, doing everything she can in an attempt to sabotage the podcast and muscle her way in on the reviews. Maybe she’s bitter about the fact that Steve’s not been able to pay her all that much attention this week, as it’s the first catch up show of 2019. And blimey Charlie there is a veritable feast of fantastic albums that the Riot Act crew have missed over the last 5 months.
Steve and Remfry look back over 8 albums they missed by Sharon van Etten, Idiot Pilot, Latitudes, Teeth of the Sea, Cartograpghs, Herod, Lotus Eater and SeeYouSpaceCowboy
On top of that, there are an additional two album reviews from opposite ends of the Riot Act spectrum both out this week courtesy of The National’s ‘I Am Easy To Find’ and Full of Hell’s ‘Weeping Choir. There’s also live reviews of Brutus, Employed to Serve, Loathe and Devil Sold His Soul.
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.
Stephen and Remfry discuss the world of alternative music this week off the back of some painful experiences. Remfry had his ears ruined by seeing Employed To Serve, Rough Hands, and Leeched. Stephen is smarting from an operation on his… well, you’ll see! It’s pretty gross. Let’s move on.
The boys review the latest records from Scars On Broadway, Dirty Projectors, Night Verses, Birds In Row, and the debut EP from Urne. There is also talk about some questionable decisions made by The Smashing Pumpkins on their recent 30th anniversary show, the theological metaphors surrounding the stunning new Behemoth video, and we are joined by our first ever guest; Therapy? frontman Andy Cairns who gives us an in depth look at their hugely underrated 2000 album Suicide Pact, You First.