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187 – Charli XCX, Weezer, Animals as Leaders and Helpless

Cover your mouths and don’t get too close to Remfry! Riot Act is here again, but poor Remmers is still suffering from the deadly COVID. Steve is fine, although he is pretty certain he’s going to get it in the next few days, so something to look forward to next week.

We’ve managed to cast our ears over the latest releases from Charli XCX, Weezer, Animals As Leaders and Helpless, plus we talk about a whole bunch of recent events involving Ghost and Maneskin impressively taking even broader steps into the mainstream, Standon Calling’s gender balanced festival bill and Aaron Lewis from Staind TELLING IT HOW IT IS! FINALLY! What a divvy.

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186 – Bad Movies, Great Soundtracks

It’s another stacked week here at Riot Act Towers. Steve and Remfry have been busying themselves with a whole host of things; watching Gang Of Youths blow the roof off at Brixton Academy, reviewing new albums from Cypress Hill, Feeder and Gloson, chewing the fat over news about Dolly Parton, The Rolling Stones and Jack White and picking one fantastic soundtrack each from a terrible movie.

Yes, while The Crow: City of Angels and Batman Forever were both pretty crud, the soundtrack that accompanied them were both full of some of our favourite artists doing some legit bangers. Korn, Nick Cave, Deftones, Sunny Day Real Estate, Massive Attack, U2, Hole, White Zombie, Bush, Filter, Method Man, Seal and PJ Harvey (twice) are just some of the artists featured over these two corking soundtracks.

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185 – Kojey Radical, Drug Church, Ho99o9 and the new video from Rammstein

This week is chock-a-block with news, from Sergio Vega announcing that he’s left Deftones (some time ago as it transpires) to The Prodigy announcing their first tour since the tragic death of the twisted firestarter himself Keith Flint. Then there’s the intriguing idea behind Arcade Fire distributing the sheet music for their new songs across a bunch of collectible postcards, as well as the potentially worrisome news that Bandcamp have been bought out by Epic Games, the videogame and software developer behind the likes of Fortnite, the Unreal engine and Rocket League (although, let’s not start bemoaning the death of bandcamp JUST yet eh?). Oh and on top of all that, Rammstein sent the internet into a spin by premiering the video for new single Zeit.

As well as all that, Steve and Remfry find the time to fit in reviews of the new records from Kojey Radical, Drug Church and Ho99o9, plus they talk about their little adventure down to Kingston-upon-Thames to watch the utterly brilliant Biffy Clyro smash a (broadly) acoustic set.

NPR Feature: A Tale of Two Ecosystems: On Bancamp, Spotify and the Wide-Open Future

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184 – Studio 666 and Bands that make Movies

It’s that time again, Riot Act is here, your weekly look at the world of music, and it’s been an incredibly eventful one don’t you know! On this week’s show Steve and Remfry have been to the movies (sort of) they both watched the brand new Foo Fighters film Studio 666 where the alt rock megastars take on some demonic force in their recording studio. It is a mad enough idea, but is it any good you ask?! Well, we’ll be more than prepared to tell you, whilst also having a quick trawl through the archives of other similar films starring bands, from Eminem to The Spice Girls, Michael Jackson turning into a spaceship to Kiss meeting the Phantom of the park, we look at the bizarre history of band movies.

We also discuss the latest album releases from Tears For Fears, Sylvaine and Beachheads, review a varied set of gigs from the Rolo Tomassi, Pupil Slicer and Heriot triple header, Nordic Giants ambitiously cinematic show and Dave’s triumphant O2 spectacular and talk about new music… sort of, from those greedy buggers Tool!

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183 – RIP Mark Lanegan & Jamal Edwards

It’s a rather different show on Riot Act this week. Steve and Remfry spend the majority of the show paying tribute to a musical hero in the aftermath of the news of Mark Lanegan’s passing at the age of 57. From Screaming Trees to Queens of the Stone Age to his solo material and guest appearances on releases from the likes of Cult of Luna, Manic Street Preachers and The Armed, Lanegan has been one of our most covered artists on this show and we have seldom been anything other than awestruck by his magnificent voice, poignant lyrics and vast range and brave decision making as an artist. So it felt right that we dedicate the majority of the show to talk about our feelings on losing him.

There is more sad news as we also pay tribute to Jamal Edwards, who also passed away at the age of 31 this week, and talk about his incredible work in helping the early careers of everyone from Dave and Stormzy to Ed Sheeran and Rita Ora. We also discuss the latest releases by Bambara and Blood Incantation, ask why Tool are charging nearly £600 for a vinyl and examine the damage done to the O2 Arena in London after Storm Eunice ripped parts of its roof off.

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182 – Deluxe Editions of Classic Albums (Part 1)

Welcome to another episode of Riot Act, where Steve and Remfry have had a slightly quieter week than the uncharacteristically busy start to the year that 2022 has thus far brought.

Still, there’s been plenty going on, with one of the most talked about Super Bowl halftime shows ever from Dr Dre and Co., Ed Sheeran and Cradle of Filth discussing their odd but inevitable collaboration, a surprise pair of Nine Inch Nails shows being announced in the UK and Remfry going out to Dapper Laughs’ (yes really) old stomping ground of the Clapham Grand to see Frank Turner. Turner’s latest album, which could well be number one in the UK album charts this weekend, and the new record from And So I Watch You From Afar are also discussed. Plus we look at a pair of deluxe re-releases from a pair of classic records that actually prove to be far more than just a cynical cash in, courtesy of Jimmy Eat World’s Bleed American and Therapy?’s Infernal Love.

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181 – Cult of Luna, Zeal & Ardor, Eddie Vedder and Wovenhand

Your favourite dose of alternative music chat is back, it’s Riot Act, that’s us, we’re here, we’re back… hi. It’s been a busy week away from Riot Act towers for Steve and Remfry this week, which has meant we haven’t been able to give you individual reviews on the massive albums that are released this week, so (old school!) we’re doing it here! We look at new releases from Cult of Luna, Zeal and Ardor, Eddie Vedder and Wovenhand. Plus there’s chat about the recent Knocked Loose and Terror show in London and a comprehensive review of this weeks BRIT Awards (because we know you love that!), which was… not as bad as it could have been actually.

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180 – One Album Wonders (Part I)

Hello you! You’re about to listen to Riot Act, your favourite weekly music podcast. Steve and Remfry are here once again, and this week they are celebrating those one album wonder bands by picking a pair of long lost but exceptional records that represent the only full lengths released by their creators. Both Sona Fariq and Man Will Surrender might have only given us one album (THANKS WARNER!) but as you’ll hear, what great albums they were. We also namecheck some similar artists that you suggested to us on our social media as well. Because we’re nice!

We also look at the latest releases from Nordic Giants, Maverick Sabre and El Moono, chat about the recent live shows we witnessed from Turnstile and Zetra, say farewell to The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and speak some more about the car crash that is Spotify right now.

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179 – RIP Meat Loaf: The Story of Bat Out of Hell

Welcome to Riot Act, your weekly dose of music chat and opinion from that guy Stephen Hill and the other guy Remfry Dedman. And, yes, you’re right, we should pay tribute to the late, great Meat Loaf, who sadly passed away last week just as episode 178 went live. We are obviously going to do that (you could say you took the words right out of ours mouths), and what better way to celebrate the iconic career of the man than by deep diving into the fascinating story of his most definitive album? We try and unravel the madness of his multi-platinum selling, genre denying and defying 1977 debut album Bat Out of Hell.

There’s also talk on new albums from the likes of Yard Act, 40 Watt Sun, Grivo and Zetra, and we also pick a side on the ongoing Spotify tug of war between Joe Rogan and Neil Young.

Bat Out of Hell – The Story Behind the Album

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178 – RIP Every Time I Die

Welcome to another weekly instalment of Riot Act, your dose of news and opinions on all recent alternative music shenanigans. It’s been a wild time putting the show together this week, as both Steve and Remfry are reeling from the news that one of hardcore’s most beloved and inspirational bands have split up. We talk through the Every Time I Die split before paying tribute to them as best we can by each choosing five songs from their illustrious back catalogue to create our own personal ETID super playlist.

That’s not all though, there’s also chat on recent releases from Elvis Costello, Comeback Kid, Toundra and Som, live reviews of Idles and Haggard Cat, the surprising (if fairly minor) rise in CD sales and how old and confused we feel by the recent announcement of the emo*-tastic When We Were Young one day festival in Las Vegas later this year.

*NOT REAL EMO!