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RR19 Biffy Clyro – The Vertigo of Bliss

Originally on Patreon – November 26th 2019
After a relatively long hiatus (apologies for that) we’re back with Rioteer’s Review and we’ve got a corker for you here as suggested by Callum McMillan. Biffy Clyro’s second album The Vertigo of Bliss is remarkably different to the arena-bothering Biffy Clyro of today, far more acerbic, angular and generally ‘shouty’. Steve and Remfry discuss the band as they were then and talk about an album that remains one of the favourites in their back catalogue for a certain type of Biffy fan. 

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S25 – CLT DRP (w/ Annie Dorrett)

Remfry tootled down to Brighton to speak to Annie Dorrett, vocalist with raging electro-punk newcomers CLT DRP (it’s pronounced Clit Drip … do clits drip?) to discuss the lyrical themes of their brilliantly acerbic and candid debut album Without the Eyes. They discuss a whole bunch of pertinent themes (body shaming, toxic masculinity, ‘controversial’ artwork etc) as well as taking some interesting tangents into discussing Disney movies and musical theatre … you have been warned!

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Riot Act

110 – Marilyn Manson, The Pineapple Thief, Uniform and Ihsahn

New releases reviewed this week come courtesy of Marilyn Manson, The Pineapple Thief, Uniform, a collaboration between Richard Spaven and Sandunes and Ihsahn whilst Broken Records takes a look at Van Halen’s over-blown, over-stuffed, over-the-hill 11th album, confusingly titled III. 

Speaking of overuse of words that are prefixed by the word ‘over’, Remfry becomes over-excited by the fact that the first chord change in 7 years occurred during the performance of John Cage’s As Slow As Possible, a piece of music being performed in a church in Germany over a period of 639 years. He needs to get out more. Steve sobers him up with the news of Milk Teeth’s demise and breaking news as we went to record that Creeper drummer Dan Bratton has left the band. 


There is also devastating news as Holy Roar records, a label we’ve historically championed on the show, has dissolved due to disturbing and distressing rape allegations that have been made against the label’s founder. Remfry and Steve would like to reiterate that any form of sexual assault is unacceptable and their deepest sympathies go out to those who have had the courage to speak out. Some important links for those who have suffered or know anyone who has suffered at the hands of sexual abuse: 

https://www.mind.org.uk/need-urgent-help/using-this-tool

https://rapecrisis.org.uk/get-help/

https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/

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Classic Albums

CA14 Depeche Mode – Music For The Masses I Part 1

It’s time for Steve and Remfry to delve into their big box of classic albums and pull out another one of their all time favourite records. We’re going slightly off piste this week, as we delve deep into the career of electro pop innovators turned synth rock megastars Depeche Mode. In this first part, you might be surprised to learn, we have picked the band’s 1987 sixth album Music For The Masses. Sandwiched between the groundbreaking Black Celebration and the commercial juggernaut of Violator, MFTM is scandalously overlooked in the band’s back catalogue, and we discuss why it is the best (YOU HEARD ME, BEST) Depeche Mode album.

Starting with a quick potted history of the band, and of electronic music, we look at the ongoing improvements in the studio, the increasing involvement of Alan Wilder, how the finished album started to change the perception of the band, the tour that followed the record and, of course, the huge Pasadena Rose Bowl show that cemented the band as a stadium act and was captured on the infamous 101 live tour document. Before teasing the second part of this double bill, where we will be looking at Violator; Part two is available at patreon.com/riotactpodcast

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Classic Albums

CA14 Depeche Mode – Violator I Part 2

In the second part of our two part look at Basildon synth pop royalty Depeche Mode, Steve and Remfry dive deep into the bands 1990 album, and undoubted commercial peak, Violator. The boys discuss the, fairly amicable, way the record was conceived, written, and produced, the outside influences that turned Depeche Mode into one of the biggest bands in the world, namely; the more analogue sounds that new producer Flood brought to the record and the aesthetic that the bands unofficial fifth member Anton Corbijn created, and the massive commercial success that the band had always strived for finally coming to fruition in the aftermath of the records release.

We also look at what happened next, from the alt-rock inspired Songs Of Faith And Devotion album in 1993, the tour that nearly destroyed the band, the departure of Alan Wilder, vocalist Dave Gahan’s very public struggles with addiction and the band’s subsequent redemption. If you’re a fan of Depeche Mode, all you ever wanted, all you ever needed, is here, on this podcast. Available over on patreon.com/riotactpodcast.

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Riot Act

109 – Oceans of Slumber, Bill Callahan, ’68 and Pig Destroyer

In a surprise twist of events, Steve and Remfry actually have something positive to say about Reading and Leeds Festival, who have (controversially) decided to expand their line-up of headliners from 3 to 6. And speaking of live music, Remfry went to a gig … yes, a live gathering of people, joined together to gawp at someone playing music on stage … live … woo-hoo! And who better to see than friend of the show and ole Riot Act semi-regular Jamie Lenman for his first gig in 165 days eh?

Reviews this week come courtesy of Oceans of Slumber, Bloxx, Bill Callahan, Pig Destroyer and a surprise EP release from ’68.And finally, after a few weeks of utterly despicable grotty garbage on Broken Records, we take a look behind Hollywood actor Corey Feldman’s fifth (yep … fifth!) record Angelic 2 the Core: Angelic Funkadelic / Angelic Rockadelic, a double album that really needs to be heard to be believed! Oh and Steve becomes furious at Remfry’s appraisal of The Lost Boys, a film he’s finally got around to seeing just a short 33 years after it’s initial release. 

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Rioteers Review

RR18 Killing Joke – Self Titled

Originally posted on Patreon July 4th 2019

Steve and Remfry discuss Killing Joke’s seminal self-titled 1980 debut as well as the impact the band had on the likes of Fugazi, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Metallica, Foo Fighters and more. They also talk about the characteristics of post-punk and how Thatcher’s Britain became the nucleus for the genre.  

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Riot Act

108 – PVRIS, Ulver, Narrow Head and CLT DRP

There’s some sad news to begin with as Steve pays tribute to Riley Gale, the vocalist for Texan thrash metallers Power Trip, who tragically passed away earlier this week at the age of 34. RIP Riley and condolences to his friends and family. 

Remfry joins in to help review new releases by PVRIS, Ulver, CLT DRP, Narrow Head and Brotherhood of the Lake and Broken Records is forced to go to some really nasty, grotty places once again, as we take a look at Bad Blood, the sixth record from Jesus David Torres aka Dahvie Vanity, the despicable probable-nonce responsible for Blood on the Dance Floor.

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Classic Albums

CA13 Queens of the Stone Age – Rated R I Part 2

In the second part of our trip through the desert, Remfry, Steve and Adam dissect Rated R, the second album by Queens of the Stone Age. Looking to expand their musical horizons even further, Rated R showed huge progression and a desire to collaborate which would remain a vital part of the QotSA sound to this day. With the band inviting contributions from the likes of Mark Lanegan, Dave Catching, Chris Goss, Wendy Rae Fowler, Barrett Martin, Pete Stahl and Rob Halford, Rated R would become the most diverse and eclectic set of QotSA songs (and remains so to this day). The dissolution of the core duo behind QotSA 4 years later would affect the quality of the band’s output, but between 1998 – 2004, Queens of the Stone Age were the best ‘straight-ahead’ rock band in the entire world and Rated R was the apex of their creative endeavours (Songs for the what??) Available over on patreon.com/riotactpodcast.

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Classic Albums

CA13 Queens of the Stone Age – Self Titled I Part 1

Remfry and Steve take a metaphorical trip to Palm Desert in the first part of our special on Queens of the Stone Age, covering thie 1998 self-titled debut. But they’re not alone, as Audience Please Podcast host and QotSA super-fan Adam Vallely joins them to dissect probably the most underappreciated record in the QotSA back catalogue. Together, they cover the transition from Kyuss to Queens, Joshua Homme’s desire to leave the stoner rock tag behind and how Queens of the Stone Age began (and remain) above their peers