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 …

Music Review: The Cairds EP (The Cairds)

Review by Gillian Thomson, edited by Cameron Arndt All pictures courtesy of and © The Cairds Three piece rockers, The Cairds, hail from Kilmarnock and formed in 2015. They mix in a wide range of influences to create their own brand of gritty but melodic indie rock. After a successful 2016, which included three shows at the prestigious King Tut’s in Glasgow, they’re releasing their self-title debut EP on February 17th 2017. It contains four tracks of bright, inventive rock n roll, …

Music Review: Down To The River EP (Black Cat Bones)

Review by Cameron Arndt All pictures and images provided by and © Black Cat Bones Liverpool’s Black Cat Bones formed in 2013, and burst out of the blocks in 2015 with debut EP False Promises and Wasted Time, dispensing their high octane brand of rock with plenty of attitude, and giving no quarter to any listener who could’t stand the pace. Since their inception in they’ve made a name for themselves, playing at the O2 Academy and the famous Cavern …

Music Review: Cheap N Nasty EP (Jack Rabbit Slams)

Review by Cameron Arndt, Jack Rabbit Slams have the (un?)holy trinity of the attitude, the look and, vitally, the songs to make a big noise in the Scottish music scene. Which is fortunate as their Facebook page lists their band interests as ‘making very, very loud music and having a damn good time doing it!’ The three piece play straight up, heavy rock and roll with notable swagger and plenty of hooks. Their debut EP, Cheap N Nasty, was released …

Album Review: Lyver Riots (Barstow Bats)

Review by Dean Anderson (The Naked Feedback), edited by Cameron Arndt If you are a fan of Miles Kane, Oasis or Paul Weller, then chances are the Barstow Bats are for you. Hailing from Dumfries, they have shared stages with everyone from Primal Scream to Nile Rodgers, Honeyblood to The View. They are led by songwriters, Andy Rendall and Steven McKie, who’s partnership dates back to their school days. Both contribute guitar and vocals to the album. Following the 2013 …

Album Review: Age Of Heroes (Elmo Karjalainen)

Review by Cameron Arndt It’s been quite a while since I properly gave some time to a guitar-oriented, fully instrumental album. However, the new record from Finnish guitar virtuoso and composer, Elmo Karjalainen, really made me sit up and take notice. Despite the obvious touchstones of the trio of Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Yngwie Malmsteen, Karjalainen crafts a record that is his very much his own, infusing the songs with a melodic sensibility and a rich vein of humour which …

Album Review: Heavy Fire (Black Star Riders)

Review by Cameron Arndt On their third album, Black Star Riders have again delivered a strong record full of great riffs, good tunes, some interesting lyrics, and some nods to the past. Happily, they’ve also taken a few steps forward as well. The band have a fine line to walk. Since forming in 2010 as an ‘offshoot’ of the latter-day line up of Thin Lizzy, they have had to balance the need to please hardcore fans of the Irish heroes, with …

Song Review: Burn The Sun (The Elephant Men)

Review by Cameron Arndt The new track from The Elephant Men is fast, it’s raw, and it’s punishing. The band say they combine rock, metal, punk and folk to create ‘the mother of all cacophony.’ They’ll get no argument here! Formed in late 2015, they have since been gigging on the local scene and ‘splitting eardrums wherever [they] plug in!’ On Burn The Sun, singer Terry Martin’s visceral lead vocal bleeds punky energy over the punishing hard rock backing of …

Interview: Marco Mendoza

Interview by Cameron Arndt, 18/01/17 (Photos provided by Marco Mendoza, except where noted) Over the past 20 or so years, Marco Mendoza has been the go-to bass player for some of the most legendary rock bands and artists in history. He’s covered the low end in Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake, and joined up with Journey’s Neal Schon in Soul SirkUS. He’s also played for Ted Nugent, Black Sabbath’s Bill Ward, ex-Dokken guitarsit George Lynch among many others, he was a founder member of …

Monthly Roundup: January 2017

It’s been a pretty rock & roll-filled start to the year, both here on Rock And Roll Traffic (naturally!), and in the wider world. Huge tours by Black Sabbath, Rival Sons, Glenn Hughes and Tyketto have kept us busy in recent weeks, as well as plenty of new music. Here’s our first regular monthly roundup showing you everything we’ve featured in the last four weeks – hit the titles to go to the article in question. Maybe you missed some …