Gig Review: Y&T/Voodoo Vegas (The Garage, Glasgow – 03/11/17)

By Cameron Arndt, all pics courtesy and © Ritchie Birnie/Purple Skull Photography One of the first articles we published on Rock And Roll Traffic after starting out a year ago was something of a retrospective on one of the most consistently brilliant – and hard working – bands out there: Y&T tour constantly, and every year they make a welcome return to Scotland in October/November. For ten years or more we’ve been going along, and each and every year the show …

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 …

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 …

Album Review: Time And Emotion (Robin Trower)

By Cameron Arndt I didn’t know Robin Trower ever sang. Or, in fact, that he could sing. Being honest, I’ve not got a completely in-depth knowledge of his career in general, so it would have been fairly easy for this fact to escape me. Beyond his celebrated ‘Hendrixian’ Bridge Of Sighs era, a passing familiarity with Procol Harum, and his work with Jack Bruce I’m a bit lost. The only time I’ve caught the man live was during the Seven …

Interview/Feature: Michael Schenker Fest LIVE in Tokyo (Interviews with Michael Schenker, Gary Barden, Robin McAuley & Ted McKenna)

By Cameron Arndt, Tokyo show photos by and © Emili Muraki ‘You know, the Japanese people they understand the art of lead guitar playing and pure self-expression – and of course Scottish and English people understand, that’s where it comes from. There’s people all over the world who understand what I’m doing, but the commercial ‘wide mass,’ they don’t understand. But over 40-50 years I think people have been educated and they have started understanding more and more and I think …

Monthly Roundup: January 2017

It’s been a pretty rock & roll-filled start to the year, both here on Rock And Roll Traffic (naturally!), and in the wider world. Huge tours by Black Sabbath, Rival Sons, Glenn Hughes and Tyketto have kept us busy in recent weeks, as well as plenty of new music. Here’s our first regular monthly roundup showing you everything we’ve featured in the last four weeks – hit the titles to go to the article in question. Maybe you missed some …

Preview: Glenn Hughes UK Tour

  By Cameron Arndt This next week is packed full of awesome gigs, with a few big tours hitting the UK, and a lot to choose from. It all comes to a head in Glasgow next Tuesday (Jan 24th) when the city is gonna be bursting at the seams with awesome rock shows! At The Hydro, Black Sabbath headline their final EVER tour, with only five shows remaining after the Glasgow gig. They’ll be supported by fast rising stars, Rival Sons, …

Live Review: The King Lot & The Toi (Dreadnought Rock, 29-12-16)

By Cameron Arndt (all photos by Michael Bruce, MB Photos. Used with kind permission) Fresh from the excellent success of their charity single, Wings featuring The Jolly Boys, which reached 19 in the Scottish Christmas Chart and benefited the MS Society, The King Lot are in celebratory mood as they take the stage to cap off the year with a triumphant headline set at Dreadnought Rock, Bathgate. The Toi Earlier the raucous home crowd have been suitably warmed up by …

The Best Of 2016

By Cameron Arndt It’s been a year of uncertainty… tumultuous political happenings, distressing incidents, seemingly neverending celebrity deaths, including many in the music world, and – in the last month – the shocking demise of Team Rock, owners of Classic Rock Magazine, Metal Hammer and others who were the undisputed leaders in rock journalism. None of that is what we’re here for though and, through all the craziness, there’s been plenty of great new rock releases. Here we’ve collected just a few …

Music Review: Ellipsis (Biffy Clyro)

Biffy Clyro – Ellipsis (July 2016) By Cameron Arndt From Scottish alt-rock heroes to all-conquering festival headliners, Biffy Clyro are certainly one of the biggest bands in Britain right now. This brings with it certain pressures as each new album has to cater to a larger and larger demographic, with the mainstream fans after anthemic tunes, the record company looking for hit singles and the older fans starting to miss the choppy rhythms and raucous vocals of old. Their previous …