Gig Review: Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band/Andrew Robert Eustace Band (Oran Mor Glasgow, 17/02/18)

By Cameron Arndt Thanks to a co-headline billing, Saturday night at Oran Mor Glasgow provided an intriguing opportunity to compare and contrast two blues-based bands. There are obvious similarities – for one thing both bands seem to have joined forces in order to use up as much header space on my article as possible… The ‘Andrew Robert Eustace Band’ and ‘Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band.’ Gone are the simple days of ‘The Beatles’ or ‘The Kinks’ as a name …

Album Review: The Truth (Laurence Jones)

By Cameron Arndt, pics © Christie Goodwin Laurence Jones releases his 6th album on Friday 9th March, and it’s a big leap forward in his sound, as well as his evolution as a musician. Having recently signed a new record deal with Top Stop Music he decamped to the former Sony Records Studio in Miami with his band to record the album with the label’s owner, Gregory Elias. The Truth finds the 25 year old in contemplative form lyrically, and …

Album Review: Sleepwalkers (Brian Fallon)

By Cameron Arndt, all images © Brian Fallon or as noted That exchange is, I think, a rather brilliant encapsulation of both the legend and reality of Brian Fallon. Throughout his career with The Gaslight Anthem he peppered their big, punk-driven Americana with evocative images from a different time – reaching back to an America of the 1950s and 60s for tales of ‘dimestore saints’ entreaties to ‘turn the record over’ and, of course, that startling ’59 sound, coming through on …

Preview: Rock & Roll Traffic Presents… The Naked Feedback, Highway 491 and Chris Small (Dreadnought Rock Bathgate, 23/02/18)

‘Rock & Roll Traffic Presents…’ is back for 2018 with another showcase of excellent bands – performing in excellent venues! For our first trick we’ve lined up the visceral and vital uncontested kings of swedge rock, The Naked Feedback, West Lothian’s own raw and rockin blues trio Highway 491, and all the way from Perth top notch multi-instrumentalist Chris Small of Red Pine Timber Co. All three will be taking the stage at the legendary Dreadnought Rock Bathgate on Friday …

Album Review: A Deeper Cut (The Temperance Movement)

By Ritchie Birnie, pics © The Temperance Movement I am very protective of The Temperance Movement (TTM), I class these boys as one of my own – even though it is only Phil (Campbell, lead vocalist) who is Scottish. I have watched this band go from strength to strength and although this has meant the amount they visit Glasgow for gigs has dropped from about three times a year to basically an annual show, it is something I will never bemoan …

Single Review/Interview: Heavy Water (Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band)

Review & Interview by Cameron Arndt, promo pics © Gerry Jablonski Band, Live pics © Stuart Stott, taken at Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms, April 2017 Review We have a listen to the Gerry Jablonski Band’s new single – with an exclusive interview with the group’s harmonica specialist Peter Narojczyk further down the page. In an era where ‘the single’ has been devalued to the point of being an excuse for a free download, the herald of a new video or simply a blatant plea …

Album Review: Perfection Kills (Dan Patlansky)

By Cameron Arndt Dan Patlasnky’s strong, intriguing new album continues an organic progression from his previous two releases, Dear Silent Thieves (2015) and Introvertigo (2016). Like both of those records, Perfection Kills contains an abundance of fiery guitar playing, delivered with great tone and a sense of style. Also like those two records, Patlansky seems to be focusing more and more on the songs and songwriting, and this has resulted in his catchiest album yet. Opener Johnny sets the template, it’s …

Gig Review: King King/The Gerry Jablonski Band (Queen’s Hall Edinburgh, 26/01/18)

By Cameron Arndt, pics courtesy of and © Mark Holloway/Waysted Photography King King return to Edinburgh – and indeed Scotland – for the first time in a good while, and are given a hero’s welcome by a sold out crowd at the Queen’s Hall. This is a rescheduled date – after the tour planned to coincide with the release of newest album Exile & Grace in October was postponed due to mainman Alan Nimmo’s post-surgery vocal issues. Happily, reports have suggested …

Album Review: Sorry For The Good Times (Red Pine Timber Company)

By Cameron Arndt, live pics by CA [Return to New/Recent Releases January 2018 article.] On their second album Red Pine Timber Company go bigger, louder and more intense, while also descending deeper into incisive introspection and lyrical musings on difficult subjects. You’d be hard pressed to find another band in Scotland right now with such an expansive sound. Red Pine’s sonic template boasts an ever-shifting fusillade of instruments, employed by a large cast of top class musicians. The solid backbone of …

Album Review: A World Without Evil (The King Lot)

By Cameron Arndt, all images © The King Lot [Return to New/Recent Releases January 2018 article.] The King Lot’s much anticipated second album finds the West Lothian three piece in typically confidant, imperious form. Much has happened since the release of 2015’s self titled debut, including 2016’s charity assault on the Christmas charts with a cover of Tyketto’s Wings, an ever increasing live reputation which has included shows with everyone from Dan Reed to The Answer, Inglorious and the aforementioned Tyketto, and …