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25 – Crash Bang Pow Wallop Kabuki Bukakke

It’s another week of great music and jovial chat from the Riot Act chaps, who this week discuss one of the most eagerly anticipated debuts of 2019 by political agit-hardcore punks Fever333 and the brand new album from Japanese post-rock stalwarts Mono.

There’s also chat about Idles’ unexpected BRIT Award nomination, and this weeks Trade Off leads to some positive purrings on Fink and his album Perfect Darkness, alongside some frankly utterly bewildering chat on the legend that is Prince and his bonkers 1989 Batman soundtrack, which gets way too sexy/disrespectful to a great man. Depending on your outlook of course.

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S04 – Jonah Matranga on Far’s Water & Solutions

Despite only ever achieving limited commercials success, Sacramento California’s Far have had a profound influence on a wide range of rock bands including Biffy Clyro, Incubus, Thursday, Jimmy Eat World, Finch, Funeral For a Friend and Deftones. With the release of their forth full-length album Water & Solutions in 1998, Far created their ultimate musical statement, a concise blend of emotive hooks and hardcore sonics that before sadly splitting up barely a year later.

Remfry say down with Far frontman Jonah Matranga to discuss the making of the album, how it came to have such a profound influence on what became the burgeoning emo movement of the mid 2000s and the reasons that Water & Solutions doesn’t suffer from the crass commercialisation of sincerity that plagued that scene. Whilst Far split up shortly after W&S was released, it was merely the beginning for Matranga, who went on to form a number of other projects including Onelinedrawing, New End Original, Gratitude, I is Another and Camorra. Alongside Nick Cave, Bruce Springsteen, PJ Harvey and David Bowie, Matranga was one of the 5 artists we highlighted back on Episode 00 in our ‘Venn Diagram of Riot Act’ episode.

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24 – Fridge Reach-Around

This week, Steve and Remfry discuss the sobering topic of HMV going into administration for a second time and what that could potentially mean for the music industry at large (spoiler, it’s not good). In addition, they talk about some surprising and welcome additions to NME’s ‘Essential new artists for 2019’ as well as the sheer ridiculous situation that has forced Kate Bush to come out and proclaim she’s not a Tory supporter (as if anyone sensible cared). 

There are also album reviews of Swervedriver’s ‘Future Ruins’ and Soilwork’s ‘Verkligheten’ and Trade-Off this week comes courtesy of Agnes Obel’s ‘Citizen of Glass’ and Kruger’s ‘Adam and Steve’.

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23 – Paper, Scissors, BROS

It’s the first Riot Act of 2019 and as is usually the case for this time of year, there ain’t all that much going on, so Remfry takes the opportunity to crowbar in a record that he’s become utterly obsessed with over Christmas. Speaking of the festive period, Stephen spent most of it watching and re-watching BROS: After the Screaming Stops, the music documentary that’s garnered a massive audience overnight after its televisual premier on BBC Four. Who knew it would turn out to be the funniest film about music since This is Spinal Tap? Elsewhere, Remfry casts his mind back to the end of 2018 to review Clutch’s debut show at Brixton Academy and Trade Off makes its long awaited return with Steve hearing Rough Hands’ Moral Terror for the first time and Remfry listening to Tim Armstrong’s A Poet’s Life.

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S03 – Holy Roar Records (with Alex Fitzpatrick & Sam Robinson)

Remfry sat down with Holy Roar Records founder Alex Fitzpatrick and label assistant Sam Robinson to discuss the label that in 2018 alone brought you stunning releases from Rolo Tomassi, Møl, Conjurer, Svalbard, Boss Keloid, Pijn, Talons, Ohhms, Slow Crush, Secret Cutter, Modern Rituals, Garganjua, Giver, Group of Man, Portrayal of Guilt and Burning Vow.

Over almost 2 hours, they discuss the history of the label, and how they’ve built them up to be rock’s premier UK underground label for dark, heavy and extreme music. We discuss successes, mistakes, highs, lows and dive head-first into a lengthy diversionary diatribe about music streaming wherein Alex single-handedly devises an idea to save the music industry at large.

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22 – The Big Fat Alternative Quiz of the Year 2018

It’s the first ever Riot Act Big Fat Alternative Quiz of the Year and we’ve roped in eight guests to pit their wits against a plethora of questions about the year in music, including Matt Reynolds (Haggard Cat), Em Foster (Nervus/Milk Teeth), Brady Deeprose (Conjurer), Hannah Boulton (Bledig), James Spence (Rolo Tomassi), Lizzie Coulson (KLAE), Andy Gillan (Palm Reader) and Will Gardner (Black Peaks).

Chaos reigns across 2½ hours and 42 questions as booze is consumed, Jaffa Cakes are flung, Steve loses the will to live and Remfry is ousted as a massive sexist.

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S02 – The World According To Jamie Lenman Xmas Special

It’s only ruddy bloody Christmas isn’t it, and we couldn’t leave our faithful followers in the lurch when it came to delivering a Riot Act Christmas special. And who better to deliver such a sermon than our very own regular special guest Mr Jamie Lenman.

In the fourth edition of The World According to Jamie Lenman, the moustachioed wunderkind extols the virtues of Chas and Dave’s Christmas Carol Album, featuring the cockney duos’ renditions of prominent Chrimbo classics such as Good King Wenceslas Looked Out, We Three Kings and O Come All Ye Faithful! Ditch the Queen’s speech this year and gather the family* round the wireless to hear the dulcet tones of Chrimbo Jimbo.

*Unless your family don’t like swears … in which case, maybe listen to it without Granny.

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21 – Riot Act’s Albums of the Year 2018 (10-1)

It’s part two of Riot Act’s Albums of the Year 2018 extravaganza and there is a multitude of questions to be answered. Who will be Steve’s Number One? Who will be Remfry’s Number One? Will Muse be in Steve’s worst albums of the year? Will Muse be in Remfry’s worst albums of the year?

As well as all that excitement, the boys shout out their gigs of the year and there’s some news regarding tea sponsorship. Turns out if you ask, you shall receive. Merry Christmas you filthy animals!

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20 – Riot Act’s Albums of the Year 2018 (20-11)

As we reach the end of the year it’s time for Steve and Remfry to look back on the last twelve months and whittle it down to the cream of the crop. That’s right, it’s the first annual Riot Act Top 20 Albums of the Year podcast. This week the boys kick off with numbers 20 to 11 and also discuss the records that just missed out, the best EPs of 2018 and what genre, in their humble opinion, has dominated the world of alternative music this year. WARNING: May contain Cardi B references.

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S01 – Roadburn Festival (with Becky Laverty)

It’s Riot Act’s first official special, and in the time-honoured tradition of shouting about the things we’re passionate about, we’ve decided to dedicate 90 minutes to the very special and unique Roadburn festival. Taking place annually in the serene city of Tilburg in The Netherlands, Roadburn seeks to constantly explore and push the boundaries of what heavy music is. From the sonically pulverising likes of Thou or At The Gates to the thematically weighty themes of Emma Ruth Rundle or Anna Von Hausswolff, Roadburn is a 4-day haven that actively works with the artists they host in order to bring patrons one-of-a-kind shows that have never been seen before and in many cases, will likely never be seen again.

Remfry sat down with Queen of Roadburn (perhaps not her official title) Becky Laverty to discuss Roadburn’s history, her experiences of the festival as a punter, and they try to pin down exactly what it is about Roadburn that has made it such an extraordinary place for heavy music fans for almost 20 years.