Music Reviews: New/Recent Releases August 2017

NEW/RECENT RELEASES AUGUST 2017 With a million things going on in July, we didn’t get a chance to post a round up of reviews. Don’t worry though, that just means there’s all the more for August! Once again we’ve got a tonne of top class music for you, with reviews by Cameron Arndt and Chris Small. Click one of the links below to jump to a specific review, or scroll through and find something new! Over The Covers EP (Brownout) …

Interview/Feature: Matt Pearce & Nik Taylor-Stoakes (Voodoo Six)

Interview/Article by Cameron Arndt It’s late summer of 2014. By any reasonable expectation the five members of Voodoo Six should have been on a high following the critical success of 2013’s Songs To Invade Countries To record, and the ensuing tour as main support to Iron Maiden. The band had played in sold out arenas all over Europe, to great acclaim. They followed this up with their own, smaller, but no less well received headlining tour in the UK. Thoughts …

Album Review: In The Loop (Highway 491)

By Chris Small I’ve been aware of Highway 491 for some time now. The Glasgow-based group have evolved over the past five years from playing weekly jam sessions to becoming a powerful trio and have played shows all over the country. They excel at keeping things simple and tight – two things I think blues/rock should be. But can you go even simpler? Yes you can, by unplugging the guitars and throwing away half the drum kit. Which is exactly …

Interview: Pure Grief On New Double A-Side ‘Hearse Me/Part Liquid’

Wick/Thurso three-piece Pure Grief last week released their excellent new double A side single, Hearse Me/Part Liquid – as well as a video for the first of the two tracks. As with their previous releases, including last year’s dual singles Pure and Grief,  Hearse Me subverts the downbeat nature of the band’s name, the song title and even the somewhat desolate setting of the video with another supremely catchy slab of heavy alt rock. Part Liquid, meanwhile, channels Biffy Clyro …

Album Review: Make Way For The King (Voodoo Six)

By Cameron Arndt Voodoo Six take line up changes and a long hiatus in their stride as they return with a powerful, raucous 4th album… Following the release of 2013’s acclaimed Songs To Invade Countries To – and that year’s triumphant jaunt supporting Iron Maiden in massive arenas all over Europe on the metal giant’s Final Frontier Tour – Voodoo Six looked poised to conquer the world themselves. Unfortunately the enforced retirement of frontman Luke Purdie (for health reasons) put a …

New Release Singles: The Naked Feedback, Chris Small and Pure Grief

For reasons of which we are not aware, there seems to have been a good lot of great new singles/videos released in the past week or so by bands from up, down and across the country. While we can’t be sure of the cause of this phenomenon, (if it can indeed be called a phenomenon) we thought we’d take the opportunity to gather together a few of our favourites for you to check out… Rather Be Me (The Naked Feedback) …

Album Review: Time And Emotion (Robin Trower)

By Cameron Arndt I didn’t know Robin Trower ever sang. Or, in fact, that he could sing. Being honest, I’ve not got a completely in-depth knowledge of his career in general, so it would have been fairly easy for this fact to escape me. Beyond his celebrated ‘Hendrixian’ Bridge Of Sighs era, a passing familiarity with Procol Harum, and his work with Jack Bruce I’m a bit lost. The only time I’ve caught the man live was during the Seven …

On & Offstage… at the Edinburgh Blues & Rock Festival (Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 29/07/17)

On & Offstage #6 Review/Interviews by Cameron Arndt, all photos courtesy and © Stuart Stott After a successful first year in 2016, the Edinburgh Blues & Rock Festival returned to the Corn Exchange last week boasting another sterling – and surprisingly eclectic – line-up of some of the best blues/rock talent that Scotland, Britain, and indeed the world has to offer. This time Rock And Roll Traffic was there to catch all the action, sample the atmosphere backstage, and grab many …

News/Preview: Highway 491 Announce ‘In The Loop – The Acoustic Sessions’

HIGHWAY 491 ANNOUNCE NEW RECORD IN THE LOOP: THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS Released 2nd September 2017 via Rock & Roll Traffic Recordings Glasgow blues rockers Highway 491 are pleased to announce the release of their new CD, In The Loop – The Acoustic Sessions. Recorded in April/May 2017 in Glasgow and engineered/produced by guitarist Cameron Arndt the songs were mastered by Village Mastering UK and will be released on September 2nd via Rock & Roll Traffic Recordings. The nine tracks were …

News/New Video: Black Country Communion Announce New Album, Tour Dates & Release New Video

Black Country Communion the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, release their long awaited and highly anticipated fourth album, “BCCIV” via Mascot Records on Friday September 22nd 2017. This is the band’s first studio album since 2013’s “Afterglow”. BCC have this week issued a new in-studio video for the first track from the new record, Collide, and the hard-rockin’ number is sure to please fans of the band: Just like its three predecessors, “BCCIV” was …