Music Reviews: New/Recent Releases January 2018

NEW/RECENT RELEASES january 2018 It’s 2018, it’s January and we’re back with another big batch of new/recent releases, SIX varied and excellent EPs and albums in fact. There’s a couple of crackers released tomorrow (from The King Lot and Red Pine Timber Co) as well as few that have been out for a wee while (including EPs from Black Cat Bone and Das Plastixx). Plenty to get your teeth into! So, click one of the links below to jump to …

Gig Review: Red Pine Timber Company (Perth Concert Hall, 28/12/17)

By Cameron Arndt, pics by CA I’d been aware of Red Pine Timber Co for some time. I’d watched them from afar, as it were, regarding the burgeoning reputation of the Perth Country/Rock collective from the Ivory Tower (eh…. sort of…) of Glasgow as they released their first album a few years back, played at numerous festivals and released videos which were as strong aesthetically as the songs were thematically and melodically. By misfortune or happenstance I never managed to …

Album Review: What Happens Next? (Joe Satriani)

By Cameron Arndt I’ve tended to dip in and out of Joe Satriani’s work in recent years. Much as I still enjoy the genre at times, space-age instrumental guitar rock just doesn’t grab me as much as it used to. Ten years ago I was always on hand for a new album from Satriani – or Vai, Petrucci, Morse and others – but now I guess I’m more drawn to songs with lyrical meanings… and simpler music, being honest! That …

Gig Review: Extreme/Dan Reed Network (O2 Academy Glasgow, 14/12/17)

By Keith Reid, pics by Billy Doyle It may have been slippery (not when wet though!) conditions outside the O2 Academy in Glasgow this Thursday evening but for the crowd that formed a sizeable queue outside the venue the music inside would warm their hearts and hands. Dan Reed Network Dan Reed Network were first to take the stage on this co-headlining tour with compatriots Extreme, a tour that your reviewer was informed about whilst I was driving the lead …

NEWS: The Temperance Movement New Album/Tour

Following last year’s excellent acoustic tour (read our review of the Dundee show here), and similarly well received ‘Small Rooms, New Tunes’ jaunt in November, British bluesy rock n rollers The Temperance Movement have finally announced their brand new studio album for February 2018, which will be supported by a European headlining tour. Following a whirlwind few years in which they released two Top 20 albums, toured around the world and shared the stage with rock megastars The Rolling Stones, the band are finally back, …

The Best Of 2017

By Cameron Arndt 2017 – much like 2016 – wasn’t easy. In the music world alone we’ve very recently seen the sad passing of Malcolm Young and Tom Petty – two absolute legends who will be much missed. There have been many more losses besides those two, and plenty of other heartache to go around. But we’re not here to mope on such things today. Today we’re going to celebrate some of the very best new albums released, and some …

Gig Review: GUN/Mason Hill (Glasgow Barrowlands, 02/12/17)

By Cameron Arndt (Pics by CA) GUN’s annual Barrowland’s blowout is fast becoming an essential pre-Christmas tradition. 2017’s sell out show at the legendary Glasgow venue is the capper to an incredible 12 months for the band that has seen them crack the UK Top 20 with their best received record in decades – the hard rocking, tune-filled Favourite Pleasures. The band launched the album with packed acoustic shows in record stores around the country, and have recently appeared online/on …

Gig Review: Tyketto/Bigfoot (La Belle Angele – Edinburgh, 25/11/17)

By Keith Reid, edited by Cameron Arndt, all pics © and courtesy John McIntyre Bigfoot interview by Cameron Arndt. On a cold November Saturday evening, Tyketto rolled into Edinburgh with Wigan-based heavy melodic rockers Bigfoot in tow to take the stage at La Belle Angele in support of their Frontiers Records album Reach. Both bands were fresh from their performances at WinterStorm in Troon the previous evening. Bigfoot Bigfoot got things underway, playing a selection of material from their excellent self-titled …

Gig Review: Mr. Big/The Answer (O2 ABC, Glasgow – 22/11/17)

By Cameron Arndt, pics by CA It’s been some time since Mr Big played in Scotland. Their last headline gig in Glasgow – at the same venue as tonight, the O2 ABC, in 2011 – was something of a revelation for me. Impressed with their then-current What If record I’d gone along and been blown away by the songs, the atmosphere and the musicianship. In recent years singer Eric Martin has played an acoustic show in Edinburgh, while bass player …

Interview: Brian Downey (Alive & Dangerous, Thin Lizzy)

Interview by Cameron Arndt 2018 marks the 40th Anniversary of Thin Lizzy’s iconic Live And Dangerous album (it was recorded in 1977, but released in 1978). In 2017 the band’s stock has arguably never been higher. Offshoot band Black Star Riders have just released their third album of original Lizzy-inspired hard rock, while the original band’s biting twin lead guitar style has influenced huge bands like Iron Maiden, Metallica and countless others through the years – and of course frontman …