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Classic Albums

CA21 Foo Fighters – The Colour and the Shape (Part 2)

In this second part of our Foo Fighters Classic Albums double, Remfry and Steve dive deep into The Colour and The Shape, the sophomore album released 20th May 1997.

The Colour and The Shape marks the first recording Foo Fighters made as a band rather than Dave Grohl solo. The recording was fraught with difficulty however, with initial sessions being scrapped almost entirely. When the band re-convened, there were even more problems which led to drummer William Goldsmith leaving the band disgruntled.

Despite these difficulties, The Colour and the Shape has become the band’s most enduring album, with mega songs My Hero, Monkeywrench and Everlong still integral parts of their set today. Remfry and Steve dive deep into the album track by track and we discover that Steve doesn’t really like Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street (bonkers!)

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Classic Albums

CA21 Foo Fighters – Self-Titled (Part 1)

For the first part of this double Classic Albums series we take a look at the humble beginnings of Foo Fighters and how Dave Grohl went from ‘the goofy kid that played drums for Nirvana’ to frontman of one of the biggest bands in modern rock.

There were tempered expectations for the 1995 self-titled album, written and recorded (almost) entirely by Grohl. Many critics seemed downright offended that a drummer (A DRUMMER!!!) would have the NERVE to step out from behind the drum stool and play guitar … AND SING!! AT THE SAME TIME!! MADNESS!

It didn’t take long for Grohl to make those critics look rather silly and 25 years on, the songs on Foo Fighters’ debut album (This is a Call, I’ll Stick Around, For All the Cows, Alone + Easy Target, Exhausted) still sound brilliant, despite (or maybe even because of) their raw, ragged production. The self-titled album served as a reminder that fuzzed-up guitars, a sweet melody and above all else, great songwriting is really all you need to deliver an album that will endure for many years to come.

Remfry leads the chat and covers the Pocketwatch demo, how Eddie Vedder gave Grohl his first big break post-Nirvana, the Robert Lang Studio sessions that would result in the self-titled record, track-by-track analysis, the chaotic Reading ‘95 show and the critical reaction; the good, the bad and the Christgau.

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Riot Act

123 – Riot Act Albums of the Year 2020 (10-1)

It’s the epic three hour conclusion to Riot Act’s Albums of the Year 2020 as Steve and Remfry recount their albums of 2020 from 10 to the predictable and inevitable no.1 album of the year. 
We also look into the worst albums of the year, the most disappointing of the year and the surprises of the year. 

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S30 – Vlad Matveikov (Small Pond / InTechnicolor / Bad Pond Festival)

Remfry sat down for a lengthy, ramble chat with his good friend Vlad Matveikov to talk about the music industry at large and where we are at the end of 2020. They cover topics that have affected the industry at large this year, how Covid-19 affected the industry, the impact of livestreams and the ongoing debate about streaming platforms and how bands make money from their art. 


Vlad is one of the founders of Small Pond, a record label, studio and practise space based in Brighton. Bands who have released music through Small Pond include CLT DRP, Bitch Falcon, Wild Cat Strike, Natalie Evans, The Physics House Band, Mutiny on the Bounty, Luo and Kint. Remfry asks Vlad about how he came to Brighton, build a recording studio and practise space from scratch with absolutely no previous building experience and setup Small Pond as a record label and successful venture that has helped to nurture some of the most talented, forward-thinking acts on the South Coast. 


They also discuss Bad Pond Festival, an annual event that is streaming live for free on Saturday 19th December. The stream will also feature pre-recorded interviews by Remfry that will air between sets. 

Bands playing Bad Pond are …
– Jamie Lenman
– Saint Agnes
– A.A. Williams
–  Orchards
– Gender Roles
– CLT DRP
– Yumi and the Weather

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Rioteers Review

RR24 No Devotion – Permanence

Originally On Patreon – April 21st 2020

On this week’s Rioteer’s Review, suggested by Michael Perry, Steve and Remfry discuss the debut (and currently) only album by No Devotion, the collaboration cobbled together by 5 ex-members of Lostprophets and Thursday frontman Geoff Rickley. They discuss the origins of the record, the controversy surrounding it and how Permanence could be held up as one of the key albums to establish the current trend and love for 80s new wave synth sounds. 

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122 – Riot Act’s Albums of the Year 2020 (20 – 11)

Could it really be that time of year again? Yeah, 2020 sucked for most of us, but good golly did we have an excellent soundtrack to accompany the gloom this year. Steve and Remfry count down their Top 20 albums of 2020 and kick things off with spectacular style with numbers 20 – 11. They also talk about their respective song and EP of the year in the first part of our end of year countdown. 

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S29 – Killer Be Killed (with Max Cavalera and Greg Puciato)

For this very special episode of Riot Act, Steve is joined by two of our collective favourites; Max Cavalera and Greg Puciato. Known for their individual work in bands like Sepultura, Soulfly, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Black Queen and Cavalera Conspiracy, the duo join us to talk about the second album from their most super of supergroups, Killer Be Killed. We hear about the formation of the band, that dates back to the last decade, the way in which Max and Greg roped in Mastodon’s Troy Sanders and Coverge’s Ben Koller, and how they finally feel that KBK is a proper band that are (fingers crossed) in it for the long haul.

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Classic Albums

CA20 System of a Down – Self-Titled (Part 1)

It’s another double Classic Album Series podcast, and this week we go in on one of the weirdest multi-platinum selling bands in history; Armenian/American metal oddities System Of A Down. In part one we look at the band’s self-titled debut album from 1998. Starting with the formation of the band, and their various and wide ranging musical inspirations, we look at the nascent nu-metal scene that was building in LA around the time, their relationship with super producer Rick Rubin and the impact the band made when the record was released. Steve talks about his various experiences seeing the band around the time, and we touch on what happened in the scene when they vanished completely for 18 months after the record, which sets us up nicely for part 2!

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CA20 System of a Down – Toxicity (Part 2)

In the second part of our 2 part look at nu-metal megastars System Of A Down we concentrate on their breakthrough second album, and legitimate and time genre classic, Toxicity. We start by looking at what had happened in the scene during SOAD’s absence, the pop-punk and nu-metal boom now at its absolute commercial peak, and how System were seen as yesterday’s men before their glorious return. We speak about the recording of the record, how 30 plus songs needed to be trimmed down to fit one singular album, and the release and incredible success the band achieved. Success that gave them their first number one album, on the week of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America, and turned them from cult metal band into festival headlining superstars. We close up by looking at the band’s legacy, where they went from here, and just how unlikely it was that System Of A Down became one of the biggest band of their generation without compromising their sound at all. 

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121 – Palm Reader, Billie Joe Armstrong, Hatebreed and Clutch

Steve’s in a festive mood because it’s Thanksgiving and nothing gets him feeling more jolly than celebrating the concentrated slaughter of millions of people… ahhh bliss! But there’s genuinely something to celebrate as the long awaited 4th album from Palm Reader is out. Remfry and Steve review that alongside new albums by Billie Joe Armstrong, Hatebreed and Clutch. And we also correct our errors from last week when stating that there are no bands left to reform … you’ve come back to us in your droves and we cycle through the bands you’d like to see reform who haven’t done so yet. 

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