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RR31 Bloc Party – A Weekend in the City

Steve and Remfry discuss A Weekend in the City, the 2007 sophomore album from Bloc Party, as suggested by Luke (Spunknuts?). Both the Riot Act boys LOVE their debut album Silent Alarm, but how does the follow-up fare 13 years after it’s initial release? They also discuss the band’s forays into electronica, the Radiohead comparisons that came as a result of that plus the generally harsh critical reaction that Bloc Party seem to inspire.

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RR30 Placebo – Self Titled

Originally posted to Patreon – June 2nd 2020

Remfry and Steve discuss the self-titled debut album released by Placebo, as suggested by Cameron Sheppard. Released on 17th June 1996, Steve and Remfry discuss how the band exploded in a cloud of glitter and dewy panda-eyed cynicism into a British culture obsessed with Britpop and lad culture as well as the relative merits of this record when put up against the rest of the band’s catalogue. Oh and Steve brings up the time that Brian Molko claimed that Caprice tried to ‘crack on to him’ (allegedly). 

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RR29 Helmet – Betty

Originally posted to Patreon – May 26th 2020

Steve and Remfry discuss the 3rd full length studio album from Helmet, Paige Hamilton’s edgy alt-metal riff lords. Suggested by Chris Schwarten and Max Ellis, the album was released June 21st 1994. Coming out during a period of transition from grunge to nu-metal, Hamilton’s razor sharp riffs would go on to influence the nu-metal movement’s groove and bounce

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RR28 London Grammar – Truth is a Beautiful Thing

Riot Act goes pop (sort of) at Elliot Holt’s suggestion as Steve and Remfry discuss the sophomore album by indie-electro pop trio London Grammar, who (confusingly) are from Nottingham. Steve gets personal, antagonises David Cameron and does an appalling Northern Irish accent whilst Remfry sits and listens in a sulk (even though he’s not in a sulk at all).

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RR27 Candlebox – Self Titled

Thanks to the suggestion from Rich Hobson, Remfry and Steve are returning to their favourite era … the early 90s. But lo! What is this!? An album from ‘the best decade of all time’ that neither Steve nor Remfry have heard? What folly is this? Of course,Candlebox were the butt of many jokes once the grunge movement exploded, particularly with the release of their 1993 self-titled album … but do they deserve such scorn? It’s like clear gravy baby!

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RR26 Death From Above 1979 – You’re A Woman, I’m a Machine

Steve and Remfry dissect the 2004 debut album from Canadian rock duo Death From Above 1979. Just catching the tail end of the Garage rock revival, ‘You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine’ was released to very positive reviews, particularly amongst the indie press (5/5 on Alternative Press, 10/10 on Drowned in Sound, **** in Mojo and Uncut). The boys discuss their experiences seeing Death From Above live, their split, their resurgence and comeback almost a decade later.  

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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.