Two guys with two guitars, Edinburgh’s Hot Tin Roof stay true to their title with this bare bones set of originals and a few standards. It’s a formula which suits them. Even if their crunchy, up tempo cover of ‘Nobody Knows You’ is the highlight, they’re more comfortable on their own compositions; heavier numbers which owe as much to Rock as they do to Blues, they allow guitarist Gavin Jack to take the lead, impressing with formidable slide skills and satisfying solos. Bandmate Andy McKay-Challen plays rhythm and sings with a faux Southern growl which suits the harder tunes but feels forced when they slow things down down. Confident and competent, they’re at their best when the music heats up.
The Jazz Bar, 6-8, 13-15, 20-22 Aug, 1.00pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Dave Fargnoli]