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 …

Album Review: This Is Sammy Hagar (Sammy Hagar)

Review by Cameron Arndt Last year Sammy Hagar released this new collection in the US, and it was finally given a UK release last week (March 10th). ‘Oh no, not another hits collection from a classic rock artist!’ some of you might say. Some might even say ‘Oh no, not Sammy Hagar!’ However, anyone not willing to give this record a chance would be making a grave mistake. Comprised of cuts from some of the frontman’s lesser-known solo albums, there …

New Single/Tour Dates: Broken Machine (Ash Wilson)

By Cameron Arndt,  All photos © Phil Wilson Lincolnshire’s Ash Wilson has launched the brand new music video for the single Broken Machine, taken from his exceptional upcoming debut record of the same name. The single’s out on Friday 17th March with the album following on Friday 21st April 2017, and Ash hits the road to support it from 20th March. Get all the info on his upcoming tour dates at the bottom of the page. Broken Machine Single Have a read of our full review of …

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 …

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 …

Album Review: Flames (Bonafide)

By Cameron Arndt Sweden’s Bonafide return to celebrate their 10th anniversary with 14 shows in 14 days (kicking off at Glasgow’s ABC 2 this Sunday) to support 7th album, Flames. On the surface it’s a hooky, energetic classic rock record, yet there’s a sleek modern edge to their sound which sets them apart from any number of 70’s rock copyists, as well as an intriguing undercurrent of blues and soul, and a willingness to stray from the formula which makes this album a …

Album Review: Live At Freak Valley (Krissy Matthews)

Review by Cameron Arndt Krissy Matthews releases this, his first live record, on April 14th 2017 and it’s a blast. Recorded at the brilliantly-named Freak Valley Festival in Siegen, Germany, it’s a high octane mix of hard rocking tracks, grounded in a clearly displayed knowledge – and love – of the blues. Backed by rattling bass and cracking drums, Matthews rips out visceral vocals and fierce guitar licks to a loudly appreciative audience over the course of 11 tracks – …

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 …

Album Review: Broken Machine (Ash Wilson)

Review by Cameron Arndt Broken Machine is an exceptional debut album, loaded with excellent performances, and even better songs. It sets out mining a seam of dynamic blues/rock, but infuses this with some heavier fare, tender balladry, and even hints of funk and soul. Plenty of unexpected twists make for a fascinating and involving listen. Living, as I do, way up in the wilds of Scotland, it can be quite easy for an artist like Ash Wilson, from Lincolnshire, to escape …

CD/DVD Review: Michael Schenker Fest “Live” Tokyo

Review by Cameron Arndt, Tokyo show photos by and © © Emili Muraki I got through the first four tracks of Michael Schenker’s new live CD in the car this morning, before arriving at my destination. As I reluctantly turned the engine off, a thought popped into my head: This is magic! …and magic it is. As it says on the back of the box, ‘Like a miracle Michael Schenker returns to Japan.‘ In August 2016 the German axeman assembled an unparalleled …