Bands to Watch #167: Your Vegas

By on Tuesday, 23rd March 2010 at 12:00 pm

Back in the summer of 2008 I went to see friend and local musician Shane Hines perform at one of my favourite small venues, Jammin’ Java in Vienna, VA. He always puts on a great show, but what I didn’t expect was to be blown away by the opener, Your Vegas.

Originally from a small town outside of Leeds, the anthemic rock band toured on a few indie singles, playing in small bars and clubs throughout the UK. After a proposed major label deal fell through, they decided to try their luck in the US, and it was there that they finally found their niche. Once a buzz started building around the band, they permanently relocated to the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. Guitarist Mat Steele said, “we all wanted to do the same thing—write great, uplifting tunes and play for as many people as we can, and hopefully make people happy. We finally found the opportunity to do that by moving to the States.”

After signing with Universal Republic, they recorded their amazing debut album, ‘A Town and Two Cities’ in New Jersey with producer David Bendeth (Paramore, the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Breaking Benjamin). Their sound is epic and anthemic, influenced greatly by bands like U2 and Depeche Mode.

The band goes all out for every song, with lead singer and guitarist Coyle Girelli belting out lyrics like “Look what you done, look what you done /
Love is the drug that makes you feel sexual / When all I am I give to you.”   Even when on stage at a tiny 200-seat venue, they play music so huge that you can lose yourself in it, and this quality isn’t lost at all in their studio recordings. ‘A Town and Two Cities’ will quickly become one of your favorite albums, and if their videos from the studio are anything to go by, their second album, expected to be released later this year, is bound to be pretty fantastic as well.


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