AGITATORS ANONYMOUS the Alan Averill Podcast
Looking back at the last 20 months pt. 1
Season 1, Ep. 78
In E 78 AA looks back over the pandemic, lockdown and his own predictions, misgivings, rants, thoughts of the last 20+ months and tries to assess what he kinda sorta got correct and what he might have got wrong, it's a ramble across where we seem to be right now, how shaky the ground is, is the dust settling, is the fog clearing, all those kinda cliches, did we lose our minds and is this the moment to start trying to piece them back together? Normal pessimistic service is resumed after a few weeks of only talking music!
a chat w/ Jonas from KATATONIA
Season 1, Ep. 77
Episode 77 is a chat with Jonas Renske from KATATONIA! a continuation of various backstage chats we've had over the years, we delve into the formation of the band, early recordings, musical influences, writing techniques, changes in direction, playing live, touring and all sorts of other things. It's a deep dive into the world of Katatonia and Jonas is as thoughtful and deep as one might expect!!
The origins of an accidental 30 year musical career?.....
Season 1, Ep. 76
This year is somehow the 30th anniversary of Primordial! so this is the first of a few ramshackle, sprawling stream of consciousness casts about how that happened, how we felt as young men starting on that journey, what our aspirations were if any, those early years, the romance is always portrayed as a 'this is our ticket outta here....' kinda narrative but if anything it was a small % of that but mainly a haphazard, unplanned, directionless journey that somehow stayed the course and before you know it you stand at the end of 30 years looking back trying to make some sense of it all! this if the first of my attempts to sense make how we got here!
a chat w / Christian from PORTRAIT
Season 1, Ep. 75
Episode 75 is a chat with Christian from Portrait, guitar player, Swede and sometime man with both moustache and fringe.....but you can only see that over on the videocast on my Youtube channel! We discuss the 4th industrial revolution, the live music industry unwittingly being used as bait to make regular people meet the demands and restrictions of state and governance, Swedens approach to lockdown, 90's Iron Maiden and what being a musician might mean in the years ahead.....Portrait's new album is called 'At one with none' on Metal Blade Records.....
Season 1, Ep. 74
Returning in 74 after a technical glitch which meant AA missed a week this is the long promised and perhaps unwise look at the history of Afghanistan, from the Anglo-Afghan war in 1839 through to the present day, thoughts on the recent withdrawal, some dark and off the beaten track observations and what this means for US/Western influence in the modern world. Along with some thoughts on the new Iron Maiden and why AA ain't you nor your bands keeper!!! back in the game.....
THE 1ST GIG BACK......The pleasure is to play, makes no difference what you say.....
Season 1, Ep. 73
In E 72 I dissect the first Primordial gig in 20 months back after lockdown in London last weekend, how did they prepare? choose the setlist, travel procedures. how was it to step back into a busy bar and talk to strangers once again? do shots at the bar with people ya don't know, realising it was something you hadn't done in 20+ months. Anxious? Nervous? Hesitant? How was it to stand on the stage again and get back in the ring, all those things answered.
a chat w/ Chris from Winterfylleth
Season 1, Ep. 72
In E 72 I chat with my old mate Chris from Winterfylleth, one of the most stirring and genuine bands of the last decade or so, genuine Pagan Metal in the true definition of the word! What it was like returning to the stage at Bloodstock and then a deep dive into the weeds over politics, cancel culture, the polarisation of the black metal scene during the pandemic, the erosion of the middle ground, nuance and reason and why both of us are misunderstood gentlemen in a vulgar world :)have it large!!!!
Do a few festivals signify the return of live music?
Season 1, Ep. 71
Does the return of a smattering of festivals across the continent signify the return of live music on some level or are they simply allowed to happen with restrictions simply because they are in the open....will we be back to square one once summer is over gridlocked with health concerns over riding social society and no indoor concerts allowed? this is the question. AA examines the possibilities, discusses a rumour Ireland is going to close the doors on gigs, musicians and the whole industry until next April, mulls over Wino's statement about Psycho Las Vegas, tackles some Vaccine rumours and wonders will we all be playing in tents in 2022......
Are musicians competitive or jealous ? and other such questions.....
Season 1, Ep. 70
In E 70 AA answers some questions that came into his dm's, are musicians competitive? do they watch each others sets, do you want people to succeed or fail, does playing with a great band make you raise the bar of your own performance? when do you believe you are actually a musician and not a hobbyist and how to accept and the pressure and make the best of the personal/creative/musical tools at your disposal.