Gig Review: Raveneye (Glasgow Garage, 08/04/17 supporting Hellyeah)

Written by Kristaps Baumanis, all photos courtesy of and © Iain Mitchell Photography On 08/04/17 yours truly had the privilege to go see a Raveneye show. Actually, it was a triple bill that saw Raveneye and Sanguine supporting Hellyeah on the UK leg of their world tour for new album Undeniable. But I was there mainly to see Raveneye. They are a power-rock three piece from Milton-Keynes. Raveneye are an already an established act – partially thanks to frontman Oli Brown’s …

Gig Review: Joe Bonamassa (The Usher Hall Edinburgh, 18/04/17)

By Cameron Arndt and Garry Murrie, all photos courtesy and © Martin Bone (Martin Bone Photography) Hot on the heels of last year’s ‘Salute To The British Blues Explosion’ show at the Glasgow Clyde Auditorium, Joe Bonamassa returns to Scotland to kick off his 2017 UK tour with a night at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall. This time he’s brought with him a stellar 7-piece band – including long-time Letterman show drummer Anton Fig, Stevie Ray Vaughen’s former Double Trouble keyboard player Reese …

Onstage And Backstage…with Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band (Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh, 07/04/17)

Onstage And Backstage #3, Part 2 By Cameron Arndt, photos courtesy of and © Stuart Stott except where noted. ‘GERRY JABLONSKI IS NOT A BLUES PLAYER’ are the words I felt compelled to scrawl in my notebook as the Aberdeen-based guitarist’s set with The Electric Band reached a peak of pyrotechnic soloing a week past Friday. But let me immediately qualify that statement – it does not for one second mean that Jablonski can’t play the blues, nor does it mean that …

Onstage And Backstage…with The Giles Robson Band (Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh, 07/04/17)

  Onstage And Backstage #3, Part 1 By Cameron Arndt, photos courtesy of and © Stuart Stott except where noted. The Giles Robson Band strictly adhere to the 12 bar blues format, with a stripped to the bone guitar/bass/drums line-up backing vocalist/harmonica maestro Giles Robson. But it’s within this format that they showcase their own method of modernising the blues as they push, strain and tear at the walls of the box they’ve put themselves in, resulting in a thrilling, vital, downright …

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 …

Gig Review: Sari Schorr & The Engine Room (Cottiers Glasgow, 26/03/17)

Review by Cameron Arndt, all photos courtesy of and © Martin Bone Just over halfway through Sari Schorr’s headline set at Glasgow’s Cottiers Theatre on Sunday, deep in the middle of a showstopping version of T-Bone Walker’s Stormy Monday, the frontwoman belts out the line ‘Sunday I go to church’ then, with a grin and a look round at the converted kirk which is tonight’s venue exclaims, ‘Yeah we do!’ It’s typical of Schorr’s exuberant, cheerful attitude tonight and, one suspects, …

Onstage & Backstage… with The Howling Lords & Jack Rabbit Slams (13th Note Glasgow, 12/02/17)

Onstage & Backstage #2 Written by Cameron Arndt, pics by CA except where noted Sunday 12th February presented an intriguing proposition for us. Stornaway-based bluesy hard rock duo, The Howling Lords, were appearing at the 13th Note, Glasgow on their tour to promote their recently released self-titled debut album, and had invited West Lothian grungy, sleaze rock three piece Jack Rabbit Slams along as support. On the face of it, not necessarily an obvious match up, but something that interested …

Gig Review: The Temperance Movement (Fat Sam’s Dundee, 17/03/17)

Review and pictures by Cameron Arndt Following an initial batch of acoustic shows last year, The Temperance Movement returned for a mini-tour of four acoustic dates in Scotland last week. It was an intriguing proposition, as their back catalogue contains a number of songs which would clearly work well in an acoustic setting. Even more interesting was how they would approach their heavier, fuzzed-up blues rock numbers. Having missed last year’s Glasgow show we took to the road last Friday …

Gig Review: Bad Touch/Broken Witt Rebels – Roadstars ’17 (O2 ABC2 Glasgow, 18/03/17)

Review By Cameron Arndt, Pics courtesy Ritchie Birnie and Martin Bone, © as noted. The 2017 edition of the Planet Rock Roadstars tour finally arrived in Glasgow this past weekend. It’s a show that’s been highly anticipated here at Rock And Roll Traffic and, going by the reaction of Glasgow’s gig-going population on Saturday, we weren’t the only ones looking forward to it. As this is a co-headline tour the two bands are taking turns to play first. Tonight, Birmingham’s Broken …

Gig Review: Black Star Riders/Gun (O2 ABC – Glasgow, 15/03/17)

Review by Cameron Arndt, Photos courtesy of and © Mike Bruce (MB Photos Scotland) Black Star Riders are currently criss-crossing the UK headlining a superb line-up in support of their third record, Heavy Fire. Scotland’s own, The Amorettes, have supported on select dates, but for two nights in Glasgow we’re treated to a co-headline bill including the city’s finest, GUN. Support comes from Backyard Babies who kick off the first of the packed shows at the excellent O2 ABC on Sauchiehall Street. The Swedes …