Live Review: The King Lot & The Toi (Dreadnought Rock, 29-12-16)

By Cameron Arndt (all photos by Michael Bruce, MB Photos. Used with kind permission) Fresh from the excellent success of their charity single, Wings featuring The Jolly Boys, which reached 19 in the Scottish Christmas Chart and benefited the MS Society, The King Lot are in celebratory mood as they take the stage to cap off the year with a triumphant headline set at Dreadnought Rock, Bathgate. The Toi Earlier the raucous home crowd have been suitably warmed up by …

The Best Of 2016

By Cameron Arndt It’s been a year of uncertainty… tumultuous political happenings, distressing incidents, seemingly neverending celebrity deaths, including many in the music world, and – in the last month – the shocking demise of Team Rock, owners of Classic Rock Magazine, Metal Hammer and others who were the undisputed leaders in rock journalism. None of that is what we’re here for though and, through all the craziness, there’s been plenty of great new rock releases. Here we’ve collected just a few …

Music Review: The Book Of Souls (Iron Maiden)

Iron Maiden  – Book Of Souls (September 2016) By Cameron Arndt Iron Maiden’s previous album, The Final Frontier, was released way back in 2010. It was a good record, but for me never quite hit the heights of the preceding trio – the excellent Brave New World (2000), Dance Of Death (2003) and my favourite, A Matter Of Life And Death (2006). There were some great songs on it, but where El Dorado was classic Maiden, some tracks, like title …

Music Review: Ellipsis (Biffy Clyro)

Biffy Clyro – Ellipsis (July 2016) By Cameron Arndt From Scottish alt-rock heroes to all-conquering festival headliners, Biffy Clyro are certainly one of the biggest bands in Britain right now. This brings with it certain pressures as each new album has to cater to a larger and larger demographic, with the mainstream fans after anthemic tunes, the record company looking for hit singles and the older fans starting to miss the choppy rhythms and raucous vocals of old. Their previous …

Music Review: Sky Won’t Fall (Stevie Nimmo)

Stevie Nimmo – Sky Won’t Fall (March 2016) By Cameron Arndt I’ve seen Stevie Nimmo playing live twice, once as a guest of King King and then last year on the Nimmo Brothers 20th Anniversary Tour. His skills were certainly apparent on these occasions as he wonderfully complemented the playing of his brother, Alan, but until now I hadn’t taken the chance to listen to any of his recorded output. I’m a big fan of King King though and knowing …

Music Review: The Best Of 2015 (yep, 2015!)

In January 2016 I wrote a few articles based on my favourite records released the year before. I didn’t have anywhere to publish them at the time but kept them on file. With the site now up and running and 2016 rapidly coming to a close I thought I’d collect a few of the pieces together here – before I announce this year’s top albums! So here, in no particular order, are three of my top choices for 2015. Sure …

Music Review: Blue & Lonesome (The Rolling Stones)

By Cameron Arndt So that’s it then. They’re done. After years of people questioning why they continue, saying they’re too old, saying they haven’t released a decent album in 10, 20, 30 or whatever years, The Rolling Stones have finally reached that creative nadir: The Blues Covers album. It’s what all old bands do when they run out of inspiration, and here it is. Filled with classic songs that you’ve heard covered a million times… Sweet Home Chicago, Oh Pretty …

Single Review/Interview: Wings – In Aid of The MS Society (The King Lot Featuring The Jolly Boys)

Charity Single in aid of the MS Society. There are just a few days left to help the single hit the charts, buy Wings here now! By Cameron Arndt The King Lot are becoming increasingly well known around the UK after high profile support slots with acts such as The Answer, FM, Quireboys, and the Dan Reed Network. They’ve more than justified their inclusion in such company with electrifying live sets across the country, as well as last year’s release of their self-titled …

On & Offstage… with The Naked Feedback (‘Cannelure’ Single Launch, The Buff Club Glasgow, 06/11/16)

On & Offstage #1 By Cameron Arndt ‘It was honestly so stressful‘ says The Naked Feedback frontman, Dean Anderson, of the run up to the launch gig for their new single ‘It was a mad hectic rush to try and piece together what was left of the show.’  After three months of planning, around 50 advance tickets sold, and a good buzz online about their first release since the Vol I EP in May 2016, everything fell apart just one …

#2. Classic Rock – Toni Romàn (The Black Lights)

 Roads To Rock N Roll #2 One of the most interesting features in Classic Rock’s – sadly recently discontinued – Blues Magazine was ‘The First Time I Met The Blues’ where a musician was asked what got them interested in blues  music in the first place. While it’s perhaps a little foolish to try to pin an artist down to a particular genre, in this series we’re going to attempt to do it anyway! What we’re really interested in is …