It’s another eclectic (egg-leg-tic?) week on Riot Act with modern heavy metal, alt-country Americana, shoegaze-y alt-rock and a post-rock-pop album all getting a look in but Remfry’s most excited to talk about the new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical for some unfathomable reason, which leads Steve to recall a (slightly in-accurate) fact about Lord Webber and Timmy Mallet (it was Webber’s wife who challenged him, not Simon Cowell). Still … Steve has never let the truth get in the way of him bringing up Bombalurina’s classic Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini before and he’s not about to start now (Patreons, expect a Classic Album on Bombalurina’s seminal masterpiece Huggin’ An’a Kissin’ imminently).
We also discuss the brief internet shitstorm that’s surrounded Jacob Bannon’s iconic Jane Doe artwork for the utterly sublime Converge album of the same name but rather than simply pretend we’re experts in the field of copyright and trademark like seemingly every other twazzock on the internet, we’ve consulted a real IP lawyer who actually knows what they’re talking about. In a shocking turn of events, it turns out that most people commenting on said story don’t have a clue what they’re talking about.
Speaking of people on the internet who don’t have a clue what they’re talking about, Pitchfork have ‘re-appraised’ some records they reviewed in the past … except they haven’t. They’ve simply got other people to appraise them who think different things to the people who initially appraised them, which feels like a colossal waste of everybody’s time.
Albums reviewed this week are In the Court of the Dragon by Trivium, In These Silent Days by Brandi Carlile, Modern Escapism by blanket and Windflowers by Efterklang