Music Review: Rise Up (Rainbreakers)

By Cameron Arndt Rise Up, the second EP from Shrewsbury based quartet Rainbreakers, follows the critical success of last year’s Blood Not Brass is released tomorrow and sees the band take big steps forward in developing their sound. While the building blocks were apparent on the first EP, it was a little more in-your-face, favouring angular chords and Stevie Ray Vaughen licks. On Rise Up, however, the edges are smoothed out a little while the group’s songwriting has been pushed up …

News: Nikka Costa releases new single, ‘Nothing Compares 2U’

American soul singer Nikka Costa released her version of the Prince classic Nothing Compares 2U on Friday 24th March. It’s taken from her highly anticipated album Nikka & Strings, Underneath and In Between which is due out later this year and showcases the extensive arrangments and lush production values that will feature on the album – here they take the track from a subtle piano-led beginning featuring Nikka’s bright, soulful and intense vocals to a stirring cresendo featuring massed strings and choral background vocals. …

Album Review: Stolen Hearts (Erja Lyytinen)

Review by Cameron Arndt Finnish singer/guitarist Erja Lyytinen releases her 10th studio album, Stolen Hearts, on Friday 7th April. It’s her first studio album since 2014’s Elmore James tribute, The Sky Is Crying, and she’s thrown everything at this one – with stellar results. It was recorded and mixed by multi-platinum selling engineer, Chris Kimsey, who’s worked with artists including The Rolling Stones, Peter Frampton, INXS, Bad Company. Not only that but the vocals were recorded on the same desk …

Gig Review: Dan Reed Network/VEGA (Oran Mor – Glasgow, 08/03/17)

Written by Keith Reid, edited by Cameron Arndt All photos courtesy of and © Martin Bone As with my previous trip to Glasgow (to review Tyketto at the ABC) there were three other bands in town this evening, namely Black Star Riders, GUN and The Backyard Babies at the O2 ABC. A sizable crowd had, however, selected Oran Mor as their venue of choice and the Dan Reed Network as their band this Wednesday night, and they were not to …

Interview: Dan Reed (Dan Reed Network)

Interview by Cameron Arndt The Dan Reed Network return to the UK in March 2017 to tour in support of their superb recent album, Fight Another Day (2016). They’ll be supported on all dates (except Sheffield) by UK melodic rock band. VEGA, and play Glasgow’s Oran Mor on March 8th. Find the full list of tour dates and relevant links at the bottom of this page. Fight Another Day was released on the 3rd of June 2016 and marked a return …

Music Review: Honest Man (Matt Andersen)

Review by Cameron Arndt Honest Man is an apt title for Canadian singer/songwriter Matt Andersen’s new album, for it’s a record filled with direct, raw and sincere songs, each delivered with empathy and intensity. The ten tracks contain touches of Americana, folk, rock, soul and R&B, but really it’s a release that refuses to be pigeonholed. What really ties it all together are Andersen’s adventurous spirit and tremendous, impassioned singing voice. Based in New Brunswick, Andersen is rapidly becoming known …

Live Review: Marco Mendoza (Hard Rock Cafe, Glasgow 13/02/17)

Review by Cameron Arndt, All pictures provided courtesy of and © Mark Rutherford except where noted Marco Mendoza loves playing music, loves touring, and loves meeting the fans. It hasn’t been too long since he came this way with his solo band – last May in fact – but with a few months off from Dead Daisies duty he decided to head back on the road once again. Even though it’s only been seven months since he visited Glasgow, this gig was …