S30 – Vlad Matveikov (Small Pond / InTechnicolor / Bad Pond Festival)

Remfry sat down for a lengthy, ramble chat with his good friend Vlad Matveikov to talk about the music industry at large and where we are at the end of 2020. They cover topics that have affected the industry at large this year, how Covid-19 affected the industry, the impact of livestreams and the ongoing debate about streaming platforms and how bands make money from their art. 

Vlad is one of the founders of Small Pond, a record label, studio and practise space based in Brighton. Bands who have released music through Small Pond include CLT DRP, Bitch Falcon, Wild Cat Strike, Natalie Evans, The Physics House Band, Mutiny on the Bounty, Luo and Kint. Remfry asks Vlad about how he came to Brighton, build a recording studio and practise space from scratch with absolutely no previous building experience and setup Small Pond as a record label and successful venture that has helped to nurture some of the most talented, forward-thinking acts on the South Coast. 

They also discuss Bad Pond Festival, an annual event that is streaming live for free on Saturday 19th December. The stream will also feature pre-recorded interviews by Remfry that will air between sets. 

Bands playing Bad Pond are …
– Jamie Lenman
– Saint Agnes
– A.A. Williams
–  Orchards
– Gender Roles
– Yumi and the Weather

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89 – A Blanket of Nihilism

There’s a charged frisson of disagreement regarding a couple of the records this week with reviews of new releases by Enter Shikari, Oranssi Pazuzu, The Black Dahlia Murder, Sugar Horse and Wild Cat Strike.

But that’s nothing compared to the righteous anger of Ticketmaster customers, after the US website discreetly changed the wording of their terms and conditions to state that customers could only get a refund if shows were completely cancelled, a pretty contemptible move at a time when so many shows are being postponed (rather than cancelled) due to the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19. Steve and Remfry wag their fingers and drag the ticket giant to the naughty step, but should the same punishment be dished out to Bob Dylan for his widely-derided 1970 album Self-Portrait? The boys discuss that and more for this week’s Broken Record. 

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56 – Anything Gaze (The ArcTanGent Review Special)

We’ve (Remfry) has been banging on about it all bloody year and finally ArcTanGent 2019 is upon us! And we’ve brought along a couple of guests in the form of Brady ‘C**t’ Deeprose and Dan Nightingale, who are (selfishly) in two bands; C**jurer and Curse These Metal Hands. 38 bands are reviewed including Nordic Giants, Møl, Raketkanon, Pijn, Coheed and Cambria, Car Bomb, Carpenter Brut, The Beft, Sleep Token, LLNN, Palm Reader, Three Trapped Tigers, Bossk, We Never Learned To Live, And So I Watch You From Afar, Caspian, Cult of Luna, Brutus, Black Peaks feat. Jamie Lenman, The St. Pierre Snake Invasion, Frontierer and Meshuggah

Listen: iTunes / Spotify / Soundcloud

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12 – Silly Billy and the Infinite Weirdness (feat. Greg Puciato and Steven Alexander from The Black Queen)

Steve and Remfry went to see the original Smashing Pumpkins line-up (shhhh, don’t talk about Darcy!) at London’s most soulless shameful shit-shed Wembley Arena… turns out there was A LOT to talk about! Remfry managed to catch a bunch of other shows as well, including much-hyped masked marauders Sleep Token, Part 1 of Brighton label Small Pond’s Enjoy Sugoi festivities and The Black Queen in Nottingham.

Speaking of which, Greg Puciato and Steven Alexander from The Black Queen both sat down with Remfry before the show to talk about their new album Infinite Games, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Chris Cornell (amongst other things). Album reviews this week come from Greta Van Fleet, Tom Morello, Shining and mewithoutyou and this week’s trade-off is Grade’s fourth and final album Head First, Straight To Hell in exchange for Wild Throne’s one and only album Harvest of Darkness.

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11 – Static-X Kicked Over Coal Chamber’s Sandcastle (feat. The Dirty Nil)

We’ve surreptitiously designated this week ‘Canada Week’ in honour of Remfry sitting down with Luke and Kyle from Hamilton, Ontario alt-rock trio The Dirty Nil to discuss their 5 favourite Canadian punk bands. Sticking with the ‘Canada’ theme, Steve and Remfry also review Fucked Up’s latest double album opus ‘Dose Your Dreams’, alongside Echo & The Bunnymen’s re-imagination record The Stars, The Ocean & The Moon’ and the debut album from one of our 12 Unsung Heroes of 2018 (all the way back in the glory days of episode one) Wild Cat Strike.

Steve and Remfry also discuss the frankly pathetic attempt made by Shaggy 2 Dope (he of Insane Clown Posse) to drop kick Fred Durst in the head, the Nirvana ‘reunion’ and why it is most patently NOT a reunion and the validity of covering Twenty One Pilots on a future show. Plus, there’s a hideously unfair Trade Off, where Steve receives Ilenkus’s 2014 album ‘The Crossing’, whilst Remfry gets to the ‘pleasure’ of wrapping his forever damaged ears around Clawfinger’s 1997 self-titled album … he’s not been the same since.

Riot Act

01 – Romantic Caravans and the 12 Unsung Heroes of 2018

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…