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If you’re here then we’d like to assume you are a music fan with impeccable taste, and appreciate the job we’re trying to do in promoting the very best in alternative music.

Both Stephen and Remfry (that’s us) have written and spoken millions of words about our favourite bands in everything from The Independent and The Guardian to Metal Hammer and Team Rock Radio, and beyond. We have dedicated large chunks of our lives to passionately promoting our favourite music, but never has there been an outlet that offers us the opportunity to rep for all the many genres of alternative music that we adore. Until now. Whether you are a fan of brutal death metal or wistful singer songwriters, three chord punk rock or sprawling prog epics, we believe that music in all of its forms deserves to be celebrated. So we started Riot Act to do exactly that.

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    • 4.9 • 260 Ratings

If you’re here then we’d like to assume you are a music fan with impeccable taste, and appreciate the job we’re trying to do in promoting the very best in alternative music.

Both Stephen and Remfry (that’s us) have written and spoken millions of words about our favourite bands in everything from The Independent and The Guardian to Metal Hammer and Team Rock Radio, and beyond. We have dedicated large chunks of our lives to passionately promoting our favourite music, but never has there been an outlet that offers us the opportunity to rep for all the many genres of alternative music that we adore. Until now. Whether you are a fan of brutal death metal or wistful singer songwriters, three chord punk rock or sprawling prog epics, we believe that music in all of its forms deserves to be celebrated. So we started Riot Act to do exactly that.

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    Billy Talent - Crisis of Faith

    Billy Talent - Crisis of Faith

    We’re back with another Riot Act Reviews, the show where we cast our critical eye over a brand new release from a sizable or interesting artist.
    Today we’re looking at the 6th studio album from Canadian stadium punk lads Billy Talent, Crisis of Faith. Billy Talent are both sizable AND interesting, particularly if you’re German, but both of our hosts scratch their heads and try to remember the bands previous album, 2016’s Afraid of Heights, but can’t quite put their finger on having any prior knowledge of it. That’s not to say we have no prior love of BT, in fact their earlier material is very close to the heart of one of us, but that was the past, and can the Billy Talent of 2022 match up to their wiry, yelping and anthemic best of the 2000’s?
    https://billytalent.tmstor.es/?lf=116807cff6d6a83d5c61fc8e34f9e763 (Like Billy Talent? Pick up some merch or pre-order the record why dontcha!?)
    https://youtu.be/3mlGOGfoYNM (Billy Talent - End Of Me feat. Rivers Cuomo (Official Music Video))
    https://youtu.be/Nq1MTaw2X6s (Billy Talent - Reckless Paradise - Official Lyric Video)


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    • 25 min
    Earl Sweatshirt - Sick!

    Earl Sweatshirt - Sick!

    On this Riot Act Review Steve and Remfry talk you through their opinions on the latest album from Chicago born rapper Earl Sweatshirt, Sick!... that’s the name of the album by the way, we’re not just really excited about it. It’s been an interesting life that Mr Sweatshirt has lived, and now, with this being his first release since parting ways with former label Columbia and the promise of more “riskier” material, we get to hear just what he’s been up to in the last three and a bit years. Turns out, like all of us, he’s been stuck in lockdown, and Sick! is another kind of conceptual piece regarding his thoughts on state of humanity during the COVID19 pandemic. At least, that’s what he has said, with a record this slight, its ten tracks clocking in a just over the 24 minute mark, this dreamy and fronted by a man with a fairly lackadaisical flow, it isn’t always that easy to tell. Still, we do our best to decipher it all here.
    https://earlsweatshirt.lnk.to/sick (Like the sound of the record? Why not pick up a copy?)
    Videos
    https://youtu.be/S0yn-5Asyxs (Earl Sweatshirt - Titanic (Official Video))
    https://youtu.be/RRA4zbSR8V4 (Earl Sweatshirt - Old Friend)
    https://youtu.be/vK3V-3jv58w (Earl Sweatshirt - Sick!)


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    • 26 min
    RR42 Hundred Reasons - Ideas Above Our Station

    RR42 Hundred Reasons - Ideas Above Our Station

    Original posted September 16th 2020 on https://www.patreon.com/riotactpodcast (https://www.patreon.com/riotactpodcast)
    Steve and Remfry go very in-depth (almost Classic Album-worthy in-depth) on an album that was very hotly anticipated at the time, the debut from Aldershot melodic post-hardcore heroes Hundred Reasons. As suggested by Tierney, this Rioteer's Review provides an opportunity to merrily skip down memory lane as both Steve and Remfry were heavily invested in the scene that Hundred Reasons (debatably) spawned.
    They discuss the hype leading up to the record, the resounding success and sadly, what seemed inevitable decline of a band who, for just a sweet short summer in 2002 looked like they might dominate the entire universe (spoiler ... they didn't).
    All that plus, we discover the revelation that Remfry's never heard the saying 'keen as mustard' and Steve stays on brand by obsessing over a band that no-one's even vaguely heard of and oly ever released one(!) demo.


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    • 1 hr 47 min
    177 - Halsey, Iglooghost, Violet Cold and a few others we missed from 2021

    177 - Halsey, Iglooghost, Violet Cold and a few others we missed from 2021

    Welcome to episode 177 of Riot Act, the alternative music podcast … so alternative in fact that Steve brings up Gangham Style within 30 seconds of pressing record … THAT’S how alternative we are!
    We’ve had a few weeks off over the Christmas period which has given both Steve and Remfry a little time to listen to some of the records they’d intended to in 2021, but didn’t get round to. We bring you some mainly great releases we missed, a couple of ok ones and one particularly stinky one to round things off.
    In the news, we discuss Metallica’s dogs, Glastonbury’s profits and the sad passing of Woodstock founder Michael Lang. Plus, we sift through a few records coming up in the next few months that we can say with absolute 100% assurance that we have not heard, no sir, not us, move right along, nothing to hear here ...
    Woodstock Videos
    https://youtu.be/Ahb0J5YEWxg (Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer - 8/14/1994 - Woodstock 94)
    https://youtu.be/BwH3tUwGh0E (Green Day - When I Come Around @ Live Woodstock 1994 HD)
    https://youtu.be/fGl1ItUFPaU (Nine Inch Nails - Head Like A Hole - 8/13/1994 - Woodstock 94 (Official))
    https://youtu.be/WKYc_NYcp_0 (Metallica - For Whom The Bell Tolls - 8/12/1994 - Woodstock 94)
    https://youtu.be/ZymOiXCTrN8 (The Allman Brothers Band - The Same Thing - 8/14/1994 - Woodstock 94 (Official))


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    • 1 hr 46 min
    Wilderun - Epigone

    Wilderun - Epigone

    Welcome back to Riot Act Reviews, another chance for Steve and Remfry to chew the cud over a new and exciting album from the alternative music landscape. On this episode we look at Epigone, the 4th full length album from Boston based proggressive metallers Wilderun.
    We reviewed the band’s 3rd album Veil of Imagination on episode 102 of the show and were very impressed by their blend of extreme metal styles, progressive elements and classical orchestration. We maaaaaay have said they sounded a bit like Opeth in that review but then hey … that’s no bad thing is it!.
    This time around, the “O band” do come up again, but there is definitely a sense of expansion beyond Veil of Imagination, with psychedelic elements, classic American folk and some evocative synth work added to their already very dynamic palette of extreme metal, classic prog and some truly stirring Michael Kamen-esque orchestral flourishes.
    https://wilderun.lnk.to/Epigone (Order yourself a physical copy of Epigone why don't you?)
    Videos
    https://youtu.be/pdpWEpIDKCc (Passenger)
    https://youtu.be/MQAPmNybgfA (Identifier)
    https://youtu.be/lcRWxBPjDPQ (Distraction I)


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    • 37 min
    The Weeknd - Dawn FM

    The Weeknd - Dawn FM

    Welcome to the first Riot Act Review of Twenty Twenty Two! This week it’s quite an unusual event, as Steve and Remfry have a ma-hoo-sive new release to chat about in the usually notoriously quiet first week of the year. We go in-depth on Dawn FM the surprise released 5th album from Canadian electro, soul and pop singer songwriter The Weeknd.
    He may well be one of the most famous musicians on the planet right now, but The Weeknd is not your typical Riot Act artist, with one of our hosts having only vaguely dipped his toe into the back catalogue and the other having no prior knowledge of his work at all. Still, this is already a hugely significant release and Dawn FM is a pretty good place to start getting into The Weeknd, as its creator has spoken about the album being a brighter and lighter version of much of his previous material. As well as some seriously seductive and instantaneous 80’s inflected soul pop being present here we also get a varied plethora of famous voices lending their talents to the album, with the likes of Lil Wayne, Tyler The Creator, Quincy Jones and (we’re not making this up) JIM CARREY all lending their voices. The result is an album that is destined to be one of the biggest of the year in any genre … but, is it actually any good?


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    • 55 min

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260 Ratings

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New Music and Insightful Opinions

It’s really clear how much preparation and thought goes into these shows, which are free every week and usually over 2 hours in length.

You are in good hands, every week Remfry and Steve bring a bunch of new reviews from a pretty wide variety of bands under the ‘alternative’ umbrella. They have an easy rapour and though it might not be for everyone, I really relate to their sense of humour and always have a laugh listening each week.

As the podcast has grown, so has their enthusiasm and appetite for interesting new music and as a consequence both Steve and Remfry have seemly expanded their tastes and tested each other to listen to things outside of their comfort zones. This benefits the listener, as it encourages the audience to do the same. As a result I have heard some really great new artists and albums that I would not have otherwise come across.

Also, as a side note, I have been really impressed by the audio quality on these podcasts. They kept going all through the pandemic, recording in separate locations and managed to keep the quality of the recording clear and without weird delays. It might sound like a small detail, but they have clearly put effort into this and it makes for a much nicer listening experience.

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