AGITATORS ANONYMOUS the Alan Averill Podcast
Livin Under Lock and Key
Season 1, Ep. 44
In AA E 44 Alan continues the theme of the 'do we have to agree with the artists we love' episode and discusses freedom of speech but mainly debates freedom, and the difference between what it means for people who maybe take it for granted and people who either have it to lose or are from countries that don't have it at all. Observations about the new Adam Curtis documentary and general musings on lockdown, liberty and brand loyalty!
Do we have to agree with the artists we like?
Season 1, Ep. 43
In E 43 AA rambles about John from Iced Earth's Capitol Hill guest appearance, do we have to agree with the beliefs, politics or actions of the artists that we like? if not, who decides who has the right to cancel them or decide for you if you can hear or see them? is that right? can live music possibly go underground in lockdown? is it even possible when we all carry our phones everywhere. How does art survive in a climate where every expression is potentially held to health and safety concerns and let's give it up for influencers rioting photos ops!
'Making Metal/Talking Singing' w/ JB from GRAND MAGUS
Season 1, Ep. 42
In Episode 42 I chat to my mate JB from Swedish Heavy Metal Titans GRAND MAGUSWe chat about writing under lockdown, singing technique, stage mishaps, vocal recording approaches, the touring life, where JB started his Heavy Metal journey and his old school attitude towards being creative! Long Live Rock N Roll my friends! An absolute pleasure to talk to one of the very greatest voices in modern Metal....
Great Reset or Great Rock n Roll Swindle?
Season 1, Ep. 41
In E 41 Alan finally gets round to tackling The Great Reset now that everyone is talking about it! Yet tries to hold the line and find the grey area between how a polarised society and mainstream media seem to view it, on the one hand those who see authoritarian conspiracy and on the other those who dismiss it as a figment of our imagination! Can we blame people really for being driven mad by it? considering they have been inside for a year in their own algorithm without the humanity that provides reason and judgement? A little from column A, B and C might be true. Also! get wrecked New Zealand!!!
Heavy Metal in a dictatorship
Season 1, Ep. 40
In E 40 I chat with my old mate Anton Reisenegger from 80s kult Chilean South American heroes Pentagram and also Criminal, Lock Up and the mighty Brujeria!!! We chat about growing up under a dictatorship, the military Junta of Pinochets Chile in the 70s and 80s, being the only white Gringo in the scene, the old South American metal scene, police brutality, revolution, how the lockdown and P demic is rolling out down in South America and his journey through life back to Europe where he lives now.
The stage represents freedom / so don't stop believin'.....
Season 1, Ep. 39
In E 39 AA reflects on current events in the US, reacts to a statement about touring and the hermit lifestyle from Nick Cave, considers the implications of the stage being taken from us, it's spiritual, magical, physical and emotional worth, why we feel awkward saying that in a modern world where music seems to be more and more reduced to a commodity that is has worth, and some dumb stories from touring the US, being propositioned by ladies of the night, run ins with meth heads and meeting Journey.....Don't stop Believin' folks.........
The, We don't care what you say.....FCK U! 2020 review
Season 1, Ep. 38
AA looks back over the dumpster fire of 2020, the year the world lost its mind, rakes the coals and sifts the ashes looking to make some sense of it and decide whether he lost his mind also, or not. The culture wars reaching boiling point, what the Arts really means to people, coping mechanisms, why Bruce Springsteen is sentimental schlock, digital authoritarianism, why no one cares, listening trends, books, keeping fit and not falling off the ledge! In the Immortal words of Scooter FCK 2020......
Why should we trust in the system?
Season 1, Ep. 37
In E 37 Alan discusses what it's like to release music under lockdown, how all roads lead to Rome and the music industry needs to know when bands can play again. Then in a more serious episode considers how we got here heading into lockdown again, is it possible to pull the brakes on endless rolling L Down, should we trust big Pharma, how class is still an important factor in society and how the narrative has been framed by the Pyjama party and Luxury hermits!
an chat w comedian STEVE HUGHES
Season 1, Ep. 36
In this Episode AA chats to an old and dear friend, comedian STEVE HUGHES, when an irresistible force meets an immovable object this is a long chat that puts the world to rights and then some! What Art means during the P Demic to the skill of letting go in lockdown, wokeness, cancel culture and being middle aged white dudes who might be wrong about everything and finish strongly on control and spirituality! Strap yourself in!!!