Music Reviews: New/Recent Releases October 2017

NEW/RECENT RELEASES OCTOBER 2017 Into October, and here’s another batch of excellent new and recent releases with work from the legendary Dave Arcari, debuts from Crimson Star and Mitch Underwood, and more. Click one of the links below to jump to a specific review, or scroll through and find something new! Live From Memorial Hall (Dave Arcari) Songs By Liz Jones (Broken Windows) Bay View EP (Crimson Star) The Space Between (Mitch Underwood) Seven Sounds EP (Taped Live) Dave Arcari: …

EP Review: Seven Sounds (Taped Live)

By Cameron Arndt, pics from Taped Live Facebook Page, © Taped Live We’ve discussed previously the apparent proliferation of two piece blues/rock bands going around these days. We also noted how it’s incumbent on such bands to find their own style and selling point within the format in order to differentiate themselves from the many potentially similar bands. The flipside of that is that the two piece set-up seems to be uniquely suited to allowing a duo to stretch themselves; the potential …

Gig Review: Voodoo Six + Support (Bannerman’s, Edinburgh – 22/09/17)

By Cameron Arndt, pics by Blaine Ferguson As powerful as recorded music can be, it’s no surprise that when you catch a band live it often has even more of an impact – not for nothing is touring now the most lucrative outlet for all sorts of rock bands, pop outifts, even large orchestral concert tours. A live show connects you with the music, with the band onstage. At their best you feel part of the action. Sometimes it can …

Interview: Alan Nimmo (King King)

Interview by Cameron Arndt   King King will return next month with the release of 4th album, Exile & Grace, on 6th October. It’s a spirited blast through ten self-penned new tracks that follow a more robust, rock & roll direction to their previous efforts – though with plenty of blues & soul in the grooves and seams of the music – read the Rock And Roll Traffic review here! It’s been a difficult leg in a whirlwind few years for …

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: 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 …

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: Make Way For The King (Voodoo Six)

By Cameron Arndt Voodoo Six take line up changes and a long hiatus in their stride as they return with a powerful, raucous 4th album… Following the release of 2013’s acclaimed Songs To Invade Countries To – and that year’s triumphant jaunt supporting Iron Maiden in massive arenas all over Europe on the metal giant’s Final Frontier Tour – Voodoo Six looked poised to conquer the world themselves. Unfortunately the enforced retirement of frontman Luke Purdie (for health reasons) put a …