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CA25 Sigur Rós – ()

Our latest pick in the Classic Albums series sees Remfry and Steve delve into hitherto untrodden territory as Remfry finally indulges his post-rock leanings by picking (), the third full length album from Icelandic’s second biggest musical export Sigur Rós.


Sigur Rós are one of the few bands of the 21st century who have created a unique, strong identity. The term ‘Sigur Rós-esque’ has become a shortcut for journalists to describe music that is ethereal, sentimental and epic, but no band has gone to quite the same extremes to capture a specific sound as Sigur Rós did with (). We explore how Sigur Rós use Minimalism, Negative Space and ‘Hopelandic’, an invented ‘language’ of meaningless words and syllables, help the listener to impose their own interpretations on the songs. 


Sigur Rós inspire hyperbolic sentiments in people, leading one critic writing for Melody Maker to describe their music as ‘like God weeping tears of gold in heaven.’ We explore how the band provoke such extravagant descriptions in some, whilst simultaneously leading others to dismiss them as ‘forehead-slappingly pretentious’. Whichever side of the line you fall, it’s difficult to deny that Sigur Rós have created an evocative sound that is completely unique to them. 

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Riot Act

53 – Thy Art is Duran Duran

After a few weeks of quite unusual shows, we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming, with Steve and Remfry reviewing new releases by Volbeat, Russian Circles, Lingua Ignota, Thy Art Is Murder and Down I Go. Steve also recounts his experience seeing Uniform and Bad Breeding on the hottest day of the year and Remfry talks about his experience at Sigur Rós’s free ambient Hyde Park ‘Liminal’ show, plus there’s further news and speculation on the long awaited Tool album. 

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Riot Act

03 – Live Evil: The Bloodstock 2018 Review

It’s a bumper live review episode of Riot Act this week as Stephen and Remfry have spent the last week seeing… well, pretty much band ever! From Pianos Become The Teeth to Danzig, from Larry And His Flask to Iron Maiden, and all culminating in a full review of Bloodstock Open Air, the UK’s premier metal festival.

We also review the new album from Foxing, take a retrospective look at Ian Brown’s Music Of The Spheres and Sigur Rós’ Kveikur, and we try to recite the alphabet backwards… although no one really knows why.

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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!