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RR25 Them Crooked Vultures – Self-Titled

Originally posted to Patreon – April 28th 2020

It’s our 25th Rioteers Review and what a super group of musicians we have to talk about for you my friend, as Steve and Remfry discuss Them Crooked Vultures, the 2009 self-titled debut from Messers Homme, Grohl and errr … Paul-Jones? They discuss the album, seeing the band play Download and whatever happened to that proposed follow-up album?

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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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RR23 Screaming Trees – Sweet Oblivion

Originally On Patreon- April 14th 2020

In this Rioteer’s Review, suggested by Max Ellis, Remfry and Steve discuss the 1992 sixth studio album by psychedelic ‘grunge’ underdogs Screaming Trees. They discuss the band’s involvement in the Singles soundtrack, pour yet more worship upon Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan (as per) and attempt to get to the bottom of why Screaming Trees never ‘hit big’ in the same way as their contemporaries Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains. 

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RR22 OST (Compiled by Trent Reznor) – Natural Born Killers

Steve and Remfry discuss the Original Soundtrack to controversial Oliver Stone directed and Quentin Tarantino scripted satirical black comedy Natural Born Killers. Compiled by Trent Reznor, who reportedly watched the film 50 times, it’s contains an incredibly varied smorgasbord of musicians including Leonrad Cohen, Dr. Dre, Patti Smith, Nine Inch Nails, Bob Dylan, L7, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Peter Gabriel and Jane’s Addiction. 

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RR21 Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

Originally on Patreon 21/01/20

Remfry and Steve discuss the sophomore album from massively influential lo-fi psychedelic indie folk rockers Neutral Milk Hotel. They discuss the themes of the record including loss of innocence, esoteric lyricism and Anne Frank, the influence the album has had on a variety of artists from Arcade Fire to mewithoutYou and it’s status amongst the music journalist ‘elite’ as the Sgt. Pepper of the 90s. There’s also a lot of talk about semen … sorry about that.  

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RR20 thisGirl – A Short Strut To the Brassy Front

Originally on Patreon – Dec 17th 2019

For our twentieth Rioteers Review, Scott Bamford has suggested that we talk about Rotterdam post-hardcore mob thisGIRL’s 2002 debut full-length album A Short Strut to the Brassy Front. Steve recounts his memories of playing shows with the band ‘back in t’day’ with rowdy Will Haven imitators Stegal and Remfry keeps peddling out the same old rubbish joke, much to the annoyance of Steve. 

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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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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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RR17 Mark Lanegan Band – Bubblegum

Originally On Patreon – 12/06/2019

Steve and Remfry take on an excellent suggestion by Max Ellis of one of our favourite vocalists Mark Lanegan. Released in 2004, Lanegan’s sixth full-length solo album was his most commercially successful to date, featuring a myriad of guests including PJ Harvey, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, Joshua Homme, Nick Oliveri, Greg Dulli and Chris Goss amongst a plethora of others. 

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RR16 Kyuss – Welcome to Sky Valley

Steve and Remfry discuss the phenomenal third studio album from desert rock legends Kyuss. The band invented and perfected stoner rock, a sub-genre that has since gone on to inspire countless bands and entire festival bills (no Kyuss? No Desertfest!) Alongside 1992’s Blues for the Red Sun, Welcome to Sky Valley is generally considered their greatest record.