Album Review: Infinite (Deep Purple)

By Cameron Arndt, all photos © Deep Purple/Ear Music After a long break from the studio Deep Purple return with their 20th album and, nearly 50 years into their career, the title, Infinite, seems somewhat appropriate. It includes ten tracks (nine new, one cover) and a cool new logo on icy cover art. I particularly like the ‘Deep Purple In Ice’ image behind the CD! Before we dig in to the new record, however, cards on the table: The band …

News/Preview: Joe Bonamassa announces ‘Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening’

As Joe Bonamassa wraps up his triumphant UK tour tonight in Sheffield he also announces the 23rd June release of a new CD/DVD/Vinyl collection capturing his superb acoustic show at the prestigious Carnegie Hall. How does he find the time? We really don’t know! Read our review of Joe’s excellent show at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall last week. Coming a few years after Bonamassa’s previous critically acclaimed acoustic outing At The Vienna Opera House this new release again sees the bandleader …

Introducing: Neon Suicide

By Cameron Arndt In an increasingly crowded field of two piece bands – from The White Stripes to The Black Keys, The Kills, Royal Blood, The Graveltones… – Glasgow’s Neon Suicide are eschewing the prevailing notion to take a stripped-back bluesy route in favour of something far more mixed and, indeed, up to date. Drummer Andy Paton and guitarist/singer Connor McWinnie have created a set of songs that mix the modern pop/rock stylings of the Arctic Monkeys with grungier/heavier elements …

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 …

Album Review: Fight And Flight (Tequila Mockingbyrd)

By Cameron Arndt Australian power trio, Tequila Mockingbyrd, recently signed to Off Yer Rocka Recordings, home of such acts as The Quireboys, Hellyeah, Bonafide and The Amorettes. Their debut album, Fight And Flight was released on March 24th and anyone who’s caught these ladies in concert – as we did on their recent UK tour with Bonafide – won’t be surprised to hear that it’s a no-holds-barred feast of riffs, hooks and attitude – with style to burn! The record …

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 …