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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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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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    194 - Kendrick Lamar, Cave In, Spice and RIP Vangelis

    194 - Kendrick Lamar, Cave In, Spice and RIP Vangelis

    Hello you, welcome back to the latest episode of Riot Act, the alternative music podcast, where you can get all the best news and opinions about all of the stuff that happened in the music world this week.
    Steve and Remfry have got a big one to start with, as we look at the huge new album from Kendrick Lamar, followed by new releases from Cave In and Spice. We then pay tribute to electronic music pioneer Vangelis, chat about Eric Clapton and Pearl Jam both getting Covid (we’re more sympathetic to one than the other to be fair), say nice things about Eddie Van Halen after it emerged that he gave a significant amount of money to charity before his death and we catch up with that lad who duped a bunch of influencers to go to Fyre fest. He’s getting out of prison early by all accounts! Good… for… him…?


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    • 1 hr 54 min
    193 - Arcade Fire, Moon Tooth and God Mother

    193 - Arcade Fire, Moon Tooth and God Mother

    Welcome to another Riot Act, your weekly dose of alternative music news and reviews. This week Steve and Remfry get all misty eyed at the news that Apple are discontinuing the iPod, it ends up in a big nostalgia trip all the way back to Soda Streams. Those were the days eh! There is also reviews on the latest releases from Arcade Fire, Moon Tooth and God Mother, plus there are live reports from recent shows from Foals and, you guessed it, Tool.
    We also talk about the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and reflect on the sad passing of Black Dahlia Murder frontmant Trevor Strnad and Nick Cave’s son Jethro Lazenby.


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    • 2 hr 3 min
    192 - Bloc Party, Puppy, Heriot and Ibiraki

    192 - Bloc Party, Puppy, Heriot and Ibiraki

    Welcome back to Riot Act, where you can hear a rather tired Steve and Remfry talk about both a busy week for music and a busy week for the pair of them. We gloss over the QandA’s, wrestling and DJ sets that the pair of us have partaken in, and instead get to the chat about new music we’ve been listening to from the likes of Bloc Party, Puppy, Heriot and Ibiraki, live shows from Low, Armand Hammer and, for the second week running, Tool and the news of Ozzy Osbourne getting COVID.
    Also we chat about the returning Tattoo The Earth festival… yeah, you heard, it’s back! You go 20 years without mentioning something and when you do it comes back within a week! It’s hardly the first time either, as we’ve proved with Crazy Frog, Mr. Blobby and Richard Blackwood, just us mentioning something on the podcast seems to be enough to inspire it to a glorious return. We're magic ... you're welcome.


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    • 1 hr 45 min
    191 - Rammstein, Pusha T, Fontaines D.C, Daniel Johns, Bob Vylan, Dalëk, Somali Yacht Club and Samora Pinderhughes

    191 - Rammstein, Pusha T, Fontaines D.C, Daniel Johns, Bob Vylan, Dalëk, Somali Yacht Club and Samora Pinderhughes

    After a week absence Riot Act returns with an absolutely bumper show. Steve and Remfry are kind of delighted that Machine Gun Kelly has decided that he’s not going to make rock music anymore. That’s alright innit! But they’re more interested in telling you about the music that they have seen/listened to in the last fortnight.
    So, there are reviews on a pretty massive bunch of releases from the likes of Rammstein, Pusha T, Fontaines D.C., Daniel Johns, Bob Vylan, Dalek, Somali Yacht Club and Samora Pinderhughes. Plus you finally get the compare and contrast of both nights of the recent Devin Townsend two night run at the Royal Albert Hall, and Remfry’s review (sans too many spoilers, chill out) of the start of Tool’s run around Europe. All in all, it’s a pretty big return to form if we don’t say so ourselves, and, hey look at this!, just the one mention of Jimmy Savile! We’re definitely BACK!!!


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    • 2 hr 42 min
    A Brief Pause

    A Brief Pause

    Just a quick update for you all ... thank you for listening.


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    • 9 min
    RR47 Kvelertak - Self-Titled

    RR47 Kvelertak - Self-Titled

    (Originally released via https://www.patreon.com/riotactpodcast (https://www.patreon.com/riotactpodcast) 22 October 2020)
    As suggested by Dougie Vale, Steve and Remfry take a deep dive into the 2010 self-titled album by Norweigan black n' rollers Kvelertak, an album that has oft been heralded as one of the finest debut albums of the 2010s. But the landscape of heavy music has changed somewhat in the prevailing years and Kvelertak never quite garnered the reputation that they were expected to amass (at least ... in the UK that is). What (if anything) went wrong?


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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

DBD321123 ,

Best music review podcast out there!

Delightfully opinionated and the sexiest music review podcast available! Keep up the good work over there... please. Seriously, I rely on this podcast to tell me what to/not to listen to. These guys are thorough, thoughtful, and leave no stone unturned. They’ve yet to steer me wrong!

user 4269 ,

Frances the Mute review is full of errors

I’m writing this review in the hopes that the creators get wind of the numerous mistakes and assumptions they’ve made in this episode. So far I’m about 10 minutes in and the amount of incorrect things shared is quite glaring:

*The songs did not originate from jam sessions. Omar was quite controlling over each part of each song and composed everything we hear on every album;

*The bits of FTM heard during “jams” on Scab Dates were actually the band intentionally going into a new segment of music, written by Omar, and then moving from that back into the song being performed. Basically a medley;

*The approach used by Miles Davis and Omar was not that the musicians were ignorant to the other parts as they recorded, it’s that they were tracked without the accompaniment of other instruments so they would perform as though their part was the main focus. It was an attempt to get the best performance from each musician because they played as if they had to carry the whole song themselves. Notice how the kick drum and bass line change at the same time and lock up throughout the various movements of the last song;

I stopped listening shortly after because I’m terrified that they’re going to continue to mangle the legacy of this album/band.

AdamYoe ,

IT’S A RIOT (Groan)!!!!

I had to briefly set aside my sticky, spackled “Batman” soundtrack to implore you to inhabit the twisted, brilliant minds of Riot Act. They have the conversations about music that I’d have with friends if I wasn’t a friendless goober. All jokes aside, these gents are reporting from behind the curtain. It’s hilarious, informative, passionate, and is responsible for the irresponsible amount of money I spent on music in 2018.

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