Music Review: Resonate (Glenn Hughes)

  By Cameron Arndt Resonate is Glenn Hughes’ first solo album since 2008’s First Underground Nuclear Kitchen. He’s not been idle in the years since then though and has spent much of the last decade pursuing a more rock n roll direction after the funk/soul of that last solo LP. These efforts have taken in three albums with his supergroup, Black Country Communion, and one with it’s short-lived offshoot, California Breed. Hughes can be a somewhat polarising, even contentious figure, …

#1. Hill Country Blues – John Murphy (Dixie Fried)

Roads To Rock N Roll #1 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 …

Single Review: Cannelure (The Naked Feedback)

By Cameron Arndt The Naked Feedback’s debut single, Cannelure, is their first new material since their debut EP – Vol 1, a great, unashamed slab of hook-filled hard rock, overlaid with passionate vocals and atmospheric guitar – was released in May this year. The band formed in Blantyre in 2013 and have since established a name for themselves gigging on the Glasgow music scene. They describe their music as ‘Swedge Rock’ – I await someone explaining that to me… Regardless …

Album Review: On Air (Queen)

By Cameron Arndt This band needs no introduction: their huge anthems, explosive stadium tours, and brilliantly inventive videos are the stuff of legend. Likewise the sad loss of their iconic frontman, Freddie Mercury, and the exploits of the surviving band members are well known. Recent CD/DVD releases, Live At The Rainbow, 74 (2014) and A Night At The Odeon, 75 (2015), have catered to their early live shows, providing long awaited official versions of popular bootlegs. Personally I count them as probably …

Song Review: The Fables

    By Cameron Arndt The Fables are a rock and roll band who formed in 2013 and write songs with ‘honest, gritty lyrics covering the darker side of life and love in Glasgow.’ They’ve recently released two tracks online ahead of a planned EP and full album next year. The songs, Sleeping On The Floor and Not For Me were recorded at Foundry Music Lab in Motherwell with Sandy Jones – who’s worked with groups such as the LaFontaines and Wet …

On With The Show: A Decade Of Y&T

By Cameron Arndt (edited by Kyle Arndt) I’m not exactly sure when I first saw Y&T, but I do know I’ve seen them every year since! In a world that is constantly changing, where nothing is certain, and bad things happen every day, it’s nice to know that once a year, every year, they will return to Central Scotland and, no matter what’s happened in the intervening 12 months, they’ll put on a damn good rock show. This is a …

CD/DVD Review: King King Live (2016)

By Cameron Arndt (Edited by Kyle Arndt) It’s a chilly weekday night in November 2013 and we’re at The Tunnels in Bristol on the third of four days travelling to gigs all over England. On stage, King King are midway through their always excellent version of Eric Clapton’s Old Love. We’re standing right in front of Alan Nimmo as he plays his solo, and begins edging the guitar volume down in tiny increments. The guitar gets quieter and quieter yet, …

The Tribute Industry: Scourge Of The Music Business… Or Fun For All Involved?

By Cameron Arndt, edited by Kyle Arndt In my very first article I made a few notes on so-called ‘tribute records’ where a group of famous (or not so famous) artists team up to make a covers album of songs by an iconic band or musician – sometimes when they’re recently deceased, sometimes when they’re still very much alive. This occasionally results in amazing new interpretations of songs – I gave examples of Dave Meniketti’s version of AC/DC’s Night Prowler, …

Known Unknowns: Death In Music

By Cameron Arndt (Edited by Matthew Currie) I know, morbid subject for my first ever article, right?! Facing death is a theme that features heavily in popular culture –books, movies and TV shows to name a few – but it is also a sad reality of life. As someone who enjoys writing and performing songs about all sorts of subjects, the handling of mortality in music is of particular interest to me. How do songwriters who spend their lives crafting …