Gig Review: Mason Hill/Massive Wagons (Cathouse – Glasgow, 03/03/17)

Written by Gillian Thomson, edited by Cameron Arndt, Photos by Michael Bruce (MB Photos Scotland) Mason Hill hit the Cathouse with an almighty bang on Friday 3rd March, playing a blinding show at their sold out hometown venue. Support came from Massive Wagons, who opened with their own superb set of heavy, catchy rock n roll. Including belting numbers such as Tokyo and the amusing Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum – sample lyric, ‘Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum, I smell the blood of a rock n roll band’ …

Single Review/Kickstarter Info: Hollow Tree (Red Pine Timber Company)

By Cameron Arndt Perth-based Scottish Americana collective, Red Pine Timber Company, are poised to return in 2017 with their eagerly awaited second record. The follow-up to 2014’s critically acclaimed Different Lonesome, the band recorded and self-produced the new LP at Perth’s Clearwater Studios. The band have gone from strength to strength in the years since their debut record was released, with excellent shows including three sold out headline slots at Perth Concert Hall, and an inventive online presence which has …

#: Americana/Jazz – Chris Marshall (Red Pine Timber Company, Solo)

 Roads To Rock N Roll #6 One of the most interesting features in Classic Rock’s – sadly recently discontinued – Blues Magazine was ‘The First Time I Met The Blues’ where a musician was asked what got them interested in blues  music in the first place. While it’s perhaps a little foolish to try to pin an artist down to a particular genre, in this series we’re going to attempt to do it anyway! What we’re really interested in is …

Music Review: The Cairds EP (The Cairds)

Review by Gillian Thomson, edited by Cameron Arndt All pictures courtesy of and © The Cairds Three piece rockers, The Cairds, hail from Kilmarnock and formed in 2015. They mix in a wide range of influences to create their own brand of gritty but melodic indie rock. After a successful 2016, which included three shows at the prestigious King Tut’s in Glasgow, they’re releasing their self-title debut EP on February 17th 2017. It contains four tracks of bright, inventive rock n roll, …

Music Review: Down To The River EP (Black Cat Bones)

Review by Cameron Arndt All pictures and images provided by and © Black Cat Bones Liverpool’s Black Cat Bones formed in 2013, and burst out of the blocks in 2015 with debut EP False Promises and Wasted Time, dispensing their high octane brand of rock with plenty of attitude, and giving no quarter to any listener who could’t stand the pace. Since their inception in they’ve made a name for themselves, playing at the O2 Academy and the famous Cavern …

Music Review: Cheap N Nasty EP (Jack Rabbit Slams)

Review by Cameron Arndt, Jack Rabbit Slams have the (un?)holy trinity of the attitude, the look and, vitally, the songs to make a big noise in the Scottish music scene. Which is fortunate as their Facebook page lists their band interests as ‘making very, very loud music and having a damn good time doing it!’ The three piece play straight up, heavy rock and roll with notable swagger and plenty of hooks. Their debut EP, Cheap N Nasty, was released …

Album Review: Lyver Riots (Barstow Bats)

Review by Dean Anderson (The Naked Feedback), edited by Cameron Arndt If you are a fan of Miles Kane, Oasis or Paul Weller, then chances are the Barstow Bats are for you. Hailing from Dumfries, they have shared stages with everyone from Primal Scream to Nile Rodgers, Honeyblood to The View. They are led by songwriters, Andy Rendall and Steven McKie, who’s partnership dates back to their school days. Both contribute guitar and vocals to the album. Following the 2013 …

Song Review: Burn The Sun (The Elephant Men)

Review by Cameron Arndt The new track from The Elephant Men is fast, it’s raw, and it’s punishing. The band say they combine rock, metal, punk and folk to create ‘the mother of all cacophony.’ They’ll get no argument here! Formed in late 2015, they have since been gigging on the local scene and ‘splitting eardrums wherever [they] plug in!’ On Burn The Sun, singer Terry Martin’s visceral lead vocal bleeds punky energy over the punishing hard rock backing of …

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 …

Music Review: The Fantastic Terror EP (The Super Pumas)

By Cameron Arndt The Super Pumas inhabit a genre-hopping territory where catchy melodies and big tunes meet modern guitar rock, loud beats and even some flecks of indie. The Fantastic Terror EP is the Inverclyde trio’s first release since forming in late 2015 – though they are no strangers to the live scene, formed as they are from ex-members of Tragic City Thieves and Scarlet Blue. The EP contains four tracks, with a good bit of variation across the release. …