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S35 (Part 2) Riot Act vs. Pop, Collaborate & Listen – Top 5 90s One Hit Wonders

It’s our third birthday, so here we present to you a very special surprise podcast with some very special guests. We are joined by Krister Geer and Dave Fensome from the Pop, Collaborate and Listen Podcast to discuss and dissect the fine art of the one hit wonder, specifically during the very best decade to be a one hit wonder artist… obviously we’re talking about the 1990’s.

Krister, Dave, Steve and Remfry have all picked our five favourite one hit wonders, and we also spend some time (a little too long if we’re honest) on trying to work out just exactly what it is that makes a one hit wonder. Does a second single count? Do they need to achieve a certain chart placing? Is it just as simple as being the one song that we all remember? We posit all those questions before getting into our choices. Some are legit bangers, some are hugely underrated and long forgotten gems, some are established and beloved anthems… and some are Remfry’s choices. Still, bit of a laugh innit!

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S35 (Part 1) Riot Act vs. Pop, Collaborate & Listen – Top 5 90s One Hit Wonders

It’s our third birthday, so here we present to you a very special surprise podcast with some very special guests. We are joined by Krister Geer and Dave Fensome from the Pop, Collaborate and Listen Podcast to discuss and dissect the fine art of the one hit wonder, specifically during the very best decade to be a one hit wonder artist… obviously we’re talking about the 1990’s.

Krister, Dave, Steve and Remfry have all picked our five favourite one hit wonders, and we also spend some time (a little too long if we’re honest) on trying to work out just exactly what it is that makes a one hit wonder. Does a second single count? Do they need to achieve a certain chart placing? Is it just as simple as being the one song that we all remember? We posit all those questions before getting into our choices. Some are legit bangers, some are hugely underrated and long forgotten gems, some are established and beloved anthems… and some are Remfry’s choices. Still, bit of a laugh innit!

Part 2 out on Wednesday…

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S34 – Bossk (w/ Tom Begley)

It’s been a minute since we’ve released any interview Specials what with one thing and another but we’re back with a very special chat indeed as Remfry sat down with Tom Begley, the mastermind and low-end rumble provider from post-metal stoner legends Bossk. We’re here to discuss their second full-length album Migration, a record that had a very unorthodox gestation. We discuss the collaborative nature of the record, how the band wrote music over noisescapes that were provided by Japanese band Endon, the guest spots from Johannes Persson from Cult of Luna and Josh Mckeown from Palm Reader, the circumstances behind the delay of vinyl that is affecting bands on a global scale, plus the future of Bossk and the exciting prospect of even more new Bossk music coming sooner than people might think.

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S33 – Steven Wilson

In a special Riot Act Podcast exclusive, Steve sat down with the UK’s own prog overlord, former Porcupine Tree leader and all round music obsessive Steven Wilson to chat about his new album The Future Bites. 

We discuss the albums themes, with that awkward feeling of being an avid consumer against consumerism being among them, the records more pop like sensibilities, taking us into discussions on everyone from Talk Talk to Pet Shop Boys to The Weeknd, what the definition of progressive music is in the year 2021 and, of course, both of the Steve’s love and admiration for Taylor Swift. 

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S32 – Riot Act Christmas Single Bonanza (w/ Tom Peters from Alpha Male Tea Party)

SURPRISE!!!

We’ve been beavering away behind the scenes for the last couple of months to create a Christmas Carol Medley performed by a veritable feast of guests to raise money for a fund setup by Music Venues Trust for venues that didn’t receive funding from the UK Government bailout.

 
Remfry sat down with our arrange meister general Mr. Tom Peters from Alpha Male Tea Party, who has painstakingly arranged four carols together for our band of uber-musicians to perform. They talk about bringing all the disparate elements of the medley together, forming an uber group consisting of members of Alpha Male Tea Party, Delta Sleep, The Physics House Band and InTechnicolor to bring the instrumentals to our monstrous medley of festive fun. 


Joining them on vocals are members of SikTh, Her Name is Calla, False Advertising, Hebe Jones, El Moono, Congé and Better Than Mending. They also discuss the choice of carols, Good King Wenceslas, Ding Dong Merrily On High, O, Little Town of Bethlehem and Silent Night. 

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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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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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S26 Biffy Clyro (w/Simon Neil)

Remfry took the opportunity to sit down with Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil to talk about their 9th studio album ‘A Celebration of Endings’, as well as the band’s radical Glasgow Barrowlands livestream and Biffy Clyro’s ability to infiltrate the mainstream despite being a really odd band. 

Remfry also had the chance to ask Simon about a number of other projects he’s put his name to during lockdown including Empire State Bastard, Tippy Toes and a new Marmaduke Duke record. 

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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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S24 – Creeper (w/ Will Gould)

It’s time for another special Riot Act interview podcast. This week Steve sat down with Will Gould from Southampton’s premier horror punks Creeper to talk about their long awaited second album Sex, Death and The Infinite Void. Will reveals the context that the album was created in, from Creeper “splitting up” onstage at Koko in London at the end of 2018, the pressure they felt to follow up Eternity in Your Arms, the curse that surrounded everyone who worked on the album, the influence of America on its creation and how the band ended up embracing the long forgotten sound of Pulp, Suede and Brit-pop to make the finest album of their career