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169 – Limp Bizkit, The War on Drugs, JPEGMAFIA and Rivers of Nihil

Welcome to another week of alternative music news, reviews and opinions courtesy of us here at Riot Act. Steve and Remfry start, pretty much immediately, by excitedly reviewing the recent Biffy Clyro gig at the Forum in London, before delving into this weeks releases, discussing the news that U2 have released a rubbish song (much to Steve’s disappointment but not shock), Porcupine Tree have reformed and that some Slipknot fans have set fire to a mosh pit… or something. We also pay tribute to legendary music writer Malcolm Dome, who we were very sad to learn passed away this week. RIP to the man who coined the term thrash metal and who has given both of us literally tens of thousands of words on some of our favourite music ever.

We then catch up on some recent releases that we feel are worth talking about from a truly mixed bag; Limp Bizkit, The War On Drugs, Don Broco, Jónsi, JPEGMAFIA, Marissa Nadler, Teethgrynder, Rivers of Nihil, Tom VR and Can’t Swim all have their latest albums discussed and dissected. There’s a lot of chat about the saxophone too. Nice.

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Biffy Clyro – The Myth of the Happily Ever After

Welcome to a special Riot Act Reviews podcast, an opportunity for Steve and Remfry to take a look at some of the more notable recent releases in the world of alternative music.

We cast a critical eye over the 9th studio album from Scottish alternative rock megastars Biffy Clyro; The Myth of the Happily Ever After. Coming just a year after their previous album, A Celebration of Endings, Biffy are back, and it’s not too surprising to see them. After all, this is a band who have often made a point of releasing a companion piece alongside their recent records, but on this occasion A Celebration of Endings “sister” album might be the first of its kind to stand up proudly on its own. Certainly it is being marketed that way, and, rather than the unconstructed and half baked group of experimental ideas that many bands are left with at the end of their album sessions, The Myth of the Happily Ever After does feel much more coherent and thought out than a mere b-side record. But how does it stand up to scrutiny alongside the rest of Biffy’s stellar back catalogue?

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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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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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107 – Bright Eyes, Blues Pills, Biffy Clyro and Nick Cave

Steve and Remfry cast their critical eye over new albums by Bright Eyes, Blues Pills, Primitive Man and I Like Trains, whilst also taking the opportunity to catch up on some live stream reviews from the past few weeks, including Biffy Clyro’s performance of A Celebration of Endings at Glasgow’s Barrowlands, Code Orange’s Mud TV Under the Skin Acoustic set and Nick Cave’s Idiot Prayer solo performance at a ‘deserted’ Alexandra Palace. And Broken Records continues to sink to hitherto unprecedented depths of despair as we cast BrokenCYDE’s 2009 debut full-length ‘I’m Not a Fan but the Kids Like It!’ into the fiery pits of Broken Record hell. Let’s hope they never crawl back out …

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106 – Sea-Shanty Sgt. Peppers

Remfry and Steve are hot (in a temperaturial sense … we’re not THAT vain). Despite the heat, we don’t complan (much) and crack on with reviewing new releases by Biffy Clyro, Fontaines D.C., TE Morris and Jo Quail and Poisonous Birds. Plus we exalt Razorlight to their rightful position in Broken Records.

They also abandon all hope at the absolute twattery of attendees at Sturgis Biker Rally … no, not because they paid money to watch appalling ‘All-Star’ Shrek-wreckers Smash Mouth, but because seemingly the overwhelming majority of the crowd appeared mask-less amid an ongoing, global coronavirus pandemic …. blithering idiots!

There’s also sad news in the form of producer extraordinaire Martin Birch’s passing as well as LG Petrov’s diagnosis with un-curable cancer. If you’d like to help donate to the cause, visit Petrov’s Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-petrov 

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S23 – Covers Special #1

Remfry and Steve return to an idea as old as Riot Act itself as they pick 8 covers each to discuss over almost 3 hours. The songs that bands decide to cover and the way that they cover them can tell you a lot about the band itself, something that the boys dissect at length.


Together, they look at covers of songs by the likes of The Beatles, Refused, The Prodigy, Nina Simone, Sunny Day Real Estate, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, Nirvana, Iron Maiden, Weezer, Deftones, The Police, Killing Joke and Frank Sinatra

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43 – No Mash to Heat Up Your Beans

It’s a bumper week this week what with obtuse Scottish arena rock botherers Biffy Clyro shocking us all by releasing a new album in the form of a soundtrack to feature film Balance, Not Symmetry. Steve and Remfry cast their critical eye upon it, as well as new albums by Rammstein, Morrissey, Destrage and Petrol Girls

There’s also sad new to impart from the Slipknot camp and Steve has an unsolicited theory as to the identity of their new member, plus trade-off goes from the sublime to the utterly turgid with The Hold Steady’s Boys and Girls in America and Collapsed Lung’s Cooler both being discussed.

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Riot Act

00 – The Venn Diagram of Riot Act Music

Welcome to Riot Act. A brand new podcast for fans of alternative music hosted by Stephen Hill and Remfry Dedman. In this four hour plus opening episode we go through numerous sub-genres, from prog rock to hardcore punk and everything in-between, to compile the ultimate guide to alternative music.

If you love passionate, in depth music chat, bizarre sperm metaphors, and podcasts being interrupted by cats then this might just be your new favourite thing on the internet!