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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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    203 - Jack White, Working Men's Club, Mercury Noms, Sam's top 20 albums ever!

    203 - Jack White, Working Men's Club, Mercury Noms, Sam's top 20 albums ever!

    Welcome back to another informative look at the world of music from us here at Riot Act. It's the final week of lovely Sam Sleight's stand in tenure, and as such we have given him free reign to run us through his 20 favourite albums of all time. And there are some absolute cracking picks in there, if we do say so ourselves.
    Before we get to that Steve and Sam talk about brand new albums from both Jack White and Working Men's Club, discuss the relative merits of the recent Mercury Mercury Prize nominations, cross their fingers for both a Kinks and Pulp reunion in 2023 and then recoil in horror at the new that there is another Red Hot Chili Peppers double album careering our way. Have we really not suffered enough?!


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    • 2 hr 40 min
    202 - Woodstock '99, Ithaca, RZA as Bobby Digital, Oceans of Slumber

    202 - Woodstock '99, Ithaca, RZA as Bobby Digital, Oceans of Slumber

    Oh happy days, Riot Act is back. It's your weekly delve into the world of alternative music, and this week Steve is once again joined by lovely Sam Sleight to talk about new albums from Ithaca, RZA as Bobby Digital and Oceans of Slumber.
    Before that we pay tribute to both Paul Ryder and Mariusz Lewandowski, both of whom sadly passed away recently, and end the show by looking back at Woodstock 99 on its 23rd birthday. Obviously it was a very controversial, tragic and infamous festival, and much of the blame of what went wrong is laid at the feet of some of the musicians on the bill. While we can't say that those pointing the fingers are being fair or reasonable in that assessment, we thought that maybe there would have been a more suitable way to book the festival to keep the ethos and aura of the original Woodstock more present in people's minds. So both Steve and Sam have fantasy booked the two main stages on all three days of the festival to see what might have been.


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    • 2 hr 33 min
    201 - Black Midi, Interpol, FKA Twigs, Final Light, Totally Unicorn, Wormrot

    201 - Black Midi, Interpol, FKA Twigs, Final Light, Totally Unicorn, Wormrot

    We are back with another episode of Riot Act, your weekly Duran Duran love in... sorry, dose of alternative music news. Steve is joined once more by Sam Sleight, who actually does have to listen to Steve ranting on about seeing Duran Duran live last week, alongside Nile Rodgers, Pearl Jam, Pixies and Warmduscher at the BST shows in Hyde Park.
    We also talk about the reformation of Porno for Pyros, pretty good, and the proposed reformation of, can't believe we're writing this, Pantera, which is far from good.
    There's also album reviews from the new releases by Black Midi and Interpol, before Sam picks four albums that we have yet to cover on RA thus far this year from FKA Twigs, Final Light, Totally Unicorn and Wormrot. Nice.


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    • 2 hr 1 min
    200 - ... And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Moor Mother, Coheed & Cambria, Bad Breeding

    200 - ... And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Moor Mother, Coheed & Cambria, Bad Breeding

    Welcome back to Riot Act, where all of the best alternative music chat... and some chat about Louise Redknapp, takes place. Remfry has swanned off to Europe to follow Pearl Jam about, so Steve has once again roped in Sam Sleight to do a cover shift for him.
    The pair have plenty to talk about, as there are new albums from ... And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Moor Mother, Coheed and Cambria and Bad Breeding on the agenda, plus we both went to see Knuckles of Ice (AKA a reformed Heck) at The Fighting Cocks in Kingston, which was nice. Before we end the show, inspired by a bunch of new people getting into Metallica thanks to their recent appearance on Stranger Things, talking about the songs that have most benefitted from being used in film, television and games over the years... that's, weirdly, where Louise comes in.


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    • 1 hr 44 min
    199 - Conjurer, Greg Puciato, Blood Command and Glastonbury Highlights

    199 - Conjurer, Greg Puciato, Blood Command and Glastonbury Highlights

    Welcome back to your favourite music podcast, so we heard anyway, it’s Riot Act isn’t it. Obviously. Steve and Remfry have been taking part in what has been one of the most memorable weeks of live music Britain has seen for many years, it’s been Glastonbury, which we watched loads of on the tv (shout out the BBC), Steve saw Elton John at Hyde Park and Remfry saw Converge’s Blood Moon show at Alexandra Palace Theatre. There is also chat on the new albums from Conjurer, Greg Puciato and Blood Command. Plus we discuss the return of one of the most brilliant and influential metal bands of our lifetime; Knuckles of Ice are BACK!


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    • 2 hr 19 min
    198 Porcupine Tree, Alexisonfire, Nervus and Zola Jesus

    198 Porcupine Tree, Alexisonfire, Nervus and Zola Jesus

    Welcome back to Riot Act, your weekly dose of music reviews, chat and gossip. This week Steve and Remfry take a listen to brand new music from Porcupine Tree, Alexisonfire, Nervus and Zola Jesus, before getting a mixture of excited and not at all bothered by news of a full tour by the original line up of the Sugababes and a documentary about Motley Crue’s Vince Neil.
    Then we turn our attention to Nine Inch Nails, who recently completed a full tour of the UK which included a stop at London’s Brixton Academy that Steve saw, but also both of our hosts saw their two night stint at the very aesthetically pleasing Eden Project in Cornwall. Both of the events were completely different in many ways, and we discuss them all, before music about other venues across the world that are as delightful to look at as the massive orb filled greenhouse that we spent the weekend in.
    That should be enough to satisfy you, right? No? Want more? Okay, some people were arrested for partying in a pig pen in a place called Methwold in Suffolk. You’re very welcome.


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    • 1 hr 26 min

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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!

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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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