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CA12 Cave In – Antenna I Part 2

In the second part of our look into the mighty mighty Bostonians Cave In, Remfry dives deep into Antenna, the band’s third studio album and their first (and last) on major label RCA. Continuing their streak of confounding fan expectations and creative exploration, Antenna marked yet another stylistic shift in their sound. Some longtime fans balked, but Cave In’s dedicated free-thinking fans were treated to 12 slabs of melodic, hook-laden songs of exquisite quality. Steve and Remfry discuss the major-label post-harcore boon of the early 2000s, the interlinking classic EP Tides of Tomorrow and Remfry’s experience seeing the band opening for Foo Fighters in 2003 as well as their stunning tribute to bassist Caleb Schofield at Roadburn Festival in 2008. Available over on patreon.com/riotactpodcast.

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CA12 Cave In – Jupiter I Part 1

On this week’s Classic Albums Series podcast, Steve and Remfry travel back in time (and space, LOL!) to dig into the second album from Boston metalcore brutes turned space rock innovators Cave In; 2000’s masterpiece Jupiter. We look at the Boston scene of the late 90’s and how Cave In risked the ire of punk rockers to create, in our opinion, the first ever amalgam of hardcore and prog rock, the influence it had on the scene, the legacy of the record and why we believe that Cave In deserve a place in this list despite not being the most commercially successful band. Plus, we hear from Cave In’s own Stephen Brodsky, who answers some of our questions and reminisces on the creation and recording of the record

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105 – General Apathy and Major Boredom

New releases come courtesy of Alanis Morissette, The Fall of Troy, Jaye Jayle, Orbit Culture and Concrete plus Steve and Remfry consign Limp Bizkit’s 4th studio album Results May Vary to the Broken Records bin, as well as getting in a little moan about the reaction to Biffy Clyro replacing Iron Maiden at Download Festival. 

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104 – International Melting Black Jazz Society

It’s a very varied show this week as Remfry and Steve review new releases by Creeper, Imperial Triumphant, Taylor Swift, Alain Johannes, Fall of Messiah and a split between NoFX and Frank Turner. There’s sad news as we pay tribute to Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green and hip-shaking Mick Jagger swaggers his way into Broken Records with his sophomore solo album Primitive Cool

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S24 – Creeper (w/ Will Gould)

It’s time for another special Riot Act interview podcast. This week Steve sat down with Will Gould from Southampton’s premier horror punks Creeper to talk about their long awaited second album Sex, Death and The Infinite Void. Will reveals the context that the album was created in, from Creeper “splitting up” onstage at Koko in London at the end of 2018, the pressure they felt to follow up Eternity in Your Arms, the curse that surrounded everyone who worked on the album, the influence of America on its creation and how the band ended up embracing the long forgotten sound of Pulp, Suede and Brit-pop to make the finest album of their career

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S23 – Covers Special #1

Remfry and Steve return to an idea as old as Riot Act itself as they pick 8 covers each to discuss over almost 3 hours. The songs that bands decide to cover and the way that they cover them can tell you a lot about the band itself, something that the boys dissect at length.


Together, they look at covers of songs by the likes of The Beatles, Refused, The Prodigy, Nina Simone, Sunny Day Real Estate, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, Nirvana, Iron Maiden, Weezer, Deftones, The Police, Killing Joke and Frank Sinatra

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S22 – Gill Returns

As part of our 2nd birthday celebrations, we welcome on to Riot Act for the first time former Editor in Chief and OG Metal Hammer Podcast presenter Gill to fill him in on what on earth has been happening in the world of heavy metal in the past 9 years since he moved to Norfolk to be a farmer (or something). 

Steve and Remfry go through the main events of the metal calendar from 2011 to present and along the way, give Gill 8 albums to listen to so he has an overview as to what the hell has been happening in this crazy world of heavy metal. Those albums are The Satanist by Behemoth, Statues by Black Peaks, Devil is Fine by Zeal & Ardor, Mareridt by Myrkur, Leather Teeth by Carpenter Brut, Prequelle by Ghost, amo. by Bring Me the Horizon and Underneath by Code Orange.

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CA11 U2 – The Joshua Tree I Part 1

Although here at Riot Act we don’t believe that podcasts can be free (we believe that podcasts are sacred), with the world awakening this morning to a special dawn, a dawn that signifies exactly two years since Riot Act was born, Stephen Hill and Remfry Dedman present you with a very special gift to signify this occasion. 

A free, whether you asked for it or not, double header Classic Album series podcast on Irish megastars U2. In the first part we look at the bands 1987 behemoth The Joshua Tree, an album that turned U2 from hotly tipped and much loved arena rock heroes to the single biggest band on planet Earth. From the coming of Age at Live Aid in 1985, to the exploration and discovery of American artists that inspired the album, to the double Grammy winning, multi-million selling success that came in the aftermath of the record, we look at the story of one of the biggest albums of all time. Then we delve into the backlash that came U2’s way as the pressure the band felt and the fatigue the public felt toward the band threatened to destroy them.

Two specials, two albums, one band, that you never asked for, we’re giving it to you regardless. Happy birthday us. You’re very welcome.

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CA11 U2 – Achtung Baby I Part 2

Although here at Riot Act we don’t believe that podcasts can be free (we believe that podcasts are sacred), with the world awakening this morning to a special dawn, a dawn that signifies exactly two years since Riot Act was born, Stephen Hill and Remfry Dedman present you with a very special gift to signify this occasion.

In part 2 we look at the bands first record of the 90’s, and potentially the album that saved U2’s career; 1991’s Achtung Baby. Starting from the existential crisis that gripped U2 in the aftermath of the poorly received Rattle And Hum project, to the Berlin sessions that were full of soul searching, radical musical direction changing and eventually where U2 found the inspiration for the next chapter of their career, and ending up looking at the band embracing excess, irony and rock superstardom as a means to hit back at their detractors. We look at the influence of the album on artists as diverse as Nine Inch Nails and Jack White, how it stands up today and how U2 ended up inside a lemon on the next stage of their journey. 

Two specials, two albums, one band, that you never asked for, we’re giving it to you regardless. Happy birthday us. You’re very welcome.

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103 – Panic at the Disco for Grown-Ups

It’s our second catch up in a row and this week, Remfry and Steve have decided to focus mainly on some of the bigger releases of the year that we’ve missed, including Rina Sawyama, Static-X, Rufus Wainwright, Mother Vulture and Laura Marling. Rufus Wainwright and Static-X together AT LAST!

There’s some crap news as we discuss the demise of Q Magazine and we pay tribute to Tim Smith of Cardiacs, who tragically passed away earlier this week from dystonia. And Broken Records takes a lighter turn than it has done in weeks, as we take a look at Dee Dee King AKA Dee Dee Ramone’s 1989 hip-hop solo record ‘Standing in the Spotlight’.