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133 – Architects, Julien Baker, NoFX and Glitterer

Remfry’s so excited about the prospect of Mogwai getting a number 1 album this week that he’s changed his t-shirt! Who saw that coming!? Steve’s happy for Mogwai but even happier to discover that Remfry has more than one t-shirt. 

The rest of the news covers the full range of the good, the bad and the ugly as The Former Boss of the United States of America and The Boss start a podcast together (good), Daft Punk announce they’ve split up after 28 years (bad) and Reading & Leeds strongly indicate that they will be back this summer, leading a whole slew of UK festivals to announce they will also be returning in 2021 (ugly). Oh and in altogether terrifying news, some fart-hat has decided to make a biopic about Robbie Williams … starring Robbie Williams.

Reviews this week are For Those Who Wish to Exist by Architects, Little Oblivions by Julien Baker, Single Album by NoFX, and Life Is Not a Lesson by Glitterer.

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CA26 Type O Negative – October Rust

It’s that time where we delve into another classic album here on Riot Act, and this week Steve and Remfry go slow, deep and hard into the career of one of the 90’s most unique bands; New York alternative goth metallers Type O Negative and their 1996 masterpiece October Rust.

We start by looking at both alt-metal and goth, what they were, how they formed and just how unlikely a pairing they were for commercial success back in the early 90’s, before looking at Type O’s entire career; from the controversy, the addition of melody and romanticism, the subtle humour, the infiltration of the mainstream, the problems of frontman Peter Steele that led to darker and less accessible material later in their career and his tragic death in 2010. Plus we go through every track on the record and try and work out just what it is that made Type O Negative one of the most enduring cult bands of the 90’s.

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132 – Mogwai, Slowthai, Nothing, Nowhere. and The Hold Steady

Steve and Remfry review four new releases this week including As the Love Continues by Mogwai, TYRON by Slowthai, Trauma Factory by Nothing, Nowhere. and Open Door Policy by The Hold Steady. 
#westandwithmorbid

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RR27 Candlebox – Self Titled

Thanks to the suggestion from Rich Hobson, Remfry and Steve are returning to their favourite era … the early 90s. But lo! What is this!? An album from ‘the best decade of all time’ that neither Steve nor Remfry have heard? What folly is this? Of course,Candlebox were the butt of many jokes once the grunge movement exploded, particularly with the release of their 1993 self-titled album … but do they deserve such scorn? It’s like clear gravy baby!

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Riot Act 131 – Hayley Williams, God is an Astronaut, Lüt and Black Country, New Road

Remfry and Steve look at six new releases, including FLOWERS for VASES / descansos by Hayley Williams, Ghost Tapes #10 by God is an Astronaut, The Things They Believe by Loathe, For the First Time Ever by Black Country, New Road, The Thule Grimoires by The Ruins of Beverast and Mesmark by Lüt. 


They also take a look at the nominees for this year’s Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame and Steve is infuriated that Tina Turner isn’t already in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. But not as infuriated as he is with Weetabix, and their suggestion of putting baked beans on the whole-grain wheat breakfast cereal.

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CA25 Sigur Rós – ()

Our latest pick in the Classic Albums series sees Remfry and Steve delve into hitherto untrodden territory as Remfry finally indulges his post-rock leanings by picking (), the third full length album from Icelandic’s second biggest musical export Sigur Rós.


Sigur Rós are one of the few bands of the 21st century who have created a unique, strong identity. The term ‘Sigur Rós-esque’ has become a shortcut for journalists to describe music that is ethereal, sentimental and epic, but no band has gone to quite the same extremes to capture a specific sound as Sigur Rós did with (). We explore how Sigur Rós use Minimalism, Negative Space and ‘Hopelandic’, an invented ‘language’ of meaningless words and syllables, help the listener to impose their own interpretations on the songs. 


Sigur Rós inspire hyperbolic sentiments in people, leading one critic writing for Melody Maker to describe their music as ‘like God weeping tears of gold in heaven.’ We explore how the band provoke such extravagant descriptions in some, whilst simultaneously leading others to dismiss them as ‘forehead-slappingly pretentious’. Whichever side of the line you fall, it’s difficult to deny that Sigur Rós have created an evocative sound that is completely unique to them. 

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130 – Foo Fighters, Cult of Luna, Weezer and Madlib

Some big releases are reviewed this week as Steve and Remfry delve into six new releases, including Medicine at Midnight by Foo Fighters, The Raging River by Cult of Luna, OK Human by Weezer, Sound Ancestors by Madlib, We Are Always Alone by Portrayal of Guilt and Dark Flannel by Memory of Elephants. 


And news verges from the horrific to the ridiculous as we discuss the grim allegations that have come out against Marilyn Manson and the lawsuit taken out against Taylor Swift by a Utah theme park that just so happens to share a name with the latest album from the pop sensation. 

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S33 – Steven Wilson

In a special Riot Act Podcast exclusive, Steve sat down with the UK’s own prog overlord, former Porcupine Tree leader and all round music obsessive Steven Wilson to chat about his new album The Future Bites. 

We discuss the albums themes, with that awkward feeling of being an avid consumer against consumerism being among them, the records more pop like sensibilities, taking us into discussions on everyone from Talk Talk to Pet Shop Boys to The Weeknd, what the definition of progressive music is in the year 2021 and, of course, both of the Steve’s love and admiration for Taylor Swift. 

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129 – Steven Wilson, Tribulation, Martin Gore and Accept

It’s a crossover episode as Remfry and Steve team up with fellow journalist / podcaster Tom Dare from the Hell Bent For Metal podcast. Alongside Tom, we review new releases including The Future Bites by Steven Wilson, Where the Gloom Becomes Sound by Tribulation, The Third Chimpanzee EP by Martin Gore, Too Mean To Die by Accept and Gas Lit by Divide and Dissolve. 


And as it’s a crossover episode, we throw in one of Hell Bent For Metal’s features in the form of Camp Classic, where we pick a work from metal’s history which the gay community might see differently to the straight folk in the room. And this week’s pick is the video to Sonne by Rammstein. 

There’s also brief discussion around The Flaming Lips’ super cool Oklahoma ‘bubble’ show and the cancellation of Glastonbury and what that rather inevitably means for UK festivals of a similar size in 2021.

LINKS Drumtalk’s Sean Reinert (Cynic) Tribute https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKJdCM-ngGE

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RR26 Death From Above 1979 – You’re A Woman, I’m a Machine

Steve and Remfry dissect the 2004 debut album from Canadian rock duo Death From Above 1979. Just catching the tail end of the Garage rock revival, ‘You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine’ was released to very positive reviews, particularly amongst the indie press (5/5 on Alternative Press, 10/10 on Drowned in Sound, **** in Mojo and Uncut). The boys discuss their experiences seeing Death From Above live, their split, their resurgence and comeback almost a decade later.