Album Review: Change My Game (Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado)

By Cameron Arndt, all pics © Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado Quite by chance I caught Thorbjørn Risager And The Black Tornado live a few years ago at the blues festival in the small town of Sierre, nestled in the mountains above Lake Geneva in Switzerland. In a stunning setting the band made the most of a warm and sunny early evening slot and, although the crowd – many of whom were there to see headliners Nazareth – weren’t really warmed …

Album Review: BCCIV (Black Country Communion)

By Cameron Arndt After a five year hiatus Black Country Communion (BCC) have reconvened and on the 22nd September release BCC IV, having returned to the convention of numbering their albums after previous record Afterglow (2012) – which should have been ‘III’. That’s not all that’s reverted to first positions, as the band are all friends again after a stormy split following the release of Afterglow which unfortunately played out in the music press. We’ll not dwell on negatives from the past …

Album Review: Exile & Grace (King King)

By Cameron Arndt, all photos © Rob Blackman King King are a band much in demand. With deservedly rapturous responses to their third album (2015’s Reaching For The Light) ringing in their ears they’ve spent much of the last two years criss-crossing Europe on tour, gathering an army of fans wherever they go. Last year they finally recorded and released a much requested live album and DVD, which quickly proved another triumph. This seemed to only heighten the clamor for more …

Album Review: Truth Is A Wolf (Mollie Marriott)

By Cameron Arndt I wanted to write this review without mentioning Mollie Marriott’s famous father. This is her album after all, and should certainly be judged on it’s own merits. However, her career leading up to this has been such that a few names can’t help but be dropped – not many singers have performed at a memorial concert to their father alongside stars like Paul Weller, Zak Starkey and Deborah Bonham. Plus Mollie Marriott also appeared at Ronnie Lane’s …

Gig Review: Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band/Taped Live (Nice & Sleazy, Glasgow – 25/08/17)

By Cameron Arndt, Pics by CA On the 26th August I was faced with a small problem. I was fortunate enough to be asked to go along and see – for a fourth time this year – Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band. No problem there, I knew from experience a great show was guaranteed and, even a mere month after catching them in Edinburgh at the Corn Exchange, I was no less excited for seeing them again. No, the …

Album Review: Favourite Pleasures (GUN)

By Cameron Arndt, photos © GUN GUN’s seventh album, their third since reforming with bass player Dante Gizzi switching to lead vocals, barrels right out the gate with She Knows. It’s a blast, an uptempo rocking number with a tumultuous riff, infectious melodies and scorching solos. In short, it’s classic GUN. It’s difficult to think of another band who have so successfully, and so consistently, married hard rock riffs with insanely memorable poppy melodies – and it soon becomes aparent that …

Music Reviews: New/Recent Releases August 2017

NEW/RECENT RELEASES AUGUST 2017 With a million things going on in July, we didn’t get a chance to post a round up of reviews. Don’t worry though, that just means there’s all the more for August! Once again we’ve got a tonne of top class music for you, with reviews by Cameron Arndt and Chris Small. Click one of the links below to jump to a specific review, or scroll through and find something new! Over The Covers EP (Brownout) …

Interview/Feature: Matt Pearce & Nik Taylor-Stoakes (Voodoo Six)

Interview/Article by Cameron Arndt It’s late summer of 2014. By any reasonable expectation the five members of Voodoo Six should have been on a high following the critical success of 2013’s Songs To Invade Countries To record, and the ensuing tour as main support to Iron Maiden. The band had played in sold out arenas all over Europe, to great acclaim. They followed this up with their own, smaller, but no less well received headlining tour in the UK. Thoughts …

Album Review: In The Loop (Highway 491)

By Chris Small I’ve been aware of Highway 491 for some time now. The Glasgow-based group have evolved over the past five years from playing weekly jam sessions to becoming a powerful trio and have played shows all over the country. They excel at keeping things simple and tight – two things I think blues/rock should be. But can you go even simpler? Yes you can, by unplugging the guitars and throwing away half the drum kit. Which is exactly …

Interview: Pure Grief On New Double A-Side ‘Hearse Me/Part Liquid’

Wick/Thurso three-piece Pure Grief last week released their excellent new double A side single, Hearse Me/Part Liquid – as well as a video for the first of the two tracks. As with their previous releases, including last year’s dual singles Pure and Grief,  Hearse Me subverts the downbeat nature of the band’s name, the song title and even the somewhat desolate setting of the video with another supremely catchy slab of heavy alt rock. Part Liquid, meanwhile, channels Biffy Clyro …