The Last Vegas have been a solid driving force of the American rock scene for the last decade.
Street tough rhythms, bar sleaze lyrics, and full stack guitar solos paint a picture of raw music reminiscing influential bands including the Stooges, Aerosmith, the New York Dolls, and Motorhead. Singer Chad Cherry charms and manipulates the audience, while the band picks your pockets with a blue collar, big city gut-punch of honest rock n roll.
Their new album , Sweet Salvation (out on Culvert Music / Caroline) is the group’s 6th album to date and was recorded in their hometown at Groovemaster studios (megadeth, disturbed, etc..) with producer Roy Z (sepultura , halford, etc.) Z’s direction with “Sweet Salvation” expands on TLV’s signature sound.
TLV show a wide variety of sonic range: glam, blues, acoustic, punk, psychedelic, it's all in there.
Like every release, “Sweet Salvation” is rife with heavy fuzzed out guitars, filthy solos, and Cherry's dynamic screaming throat.
Working with Roy Z helped the band to bring out bigger hooks while keeping the live-in-the-studio feel that runs through the album’s 9 songs. This time around the process went back to tracking the new songs live in the same room. “We wanted to focus on capturing that raw energy and vibe that we had on our earlier albums” states guitarist Johnny Wator. The entire process was intentionally kept stripped down and in your face. Adam Arling explains it as having the best of both worlds, “we had the time to really lock in the grooves and let the structures of the songs settle in, but without over working the songs, letting it all have that loose energy.”
The band includes brothers Nathan and Adam Arling, Johnny Wator, Chad Cherry, Danny Smash, and has most recently acquisitioned guitar-gunner, Bryan W into the mix.
All six members come from background of punk rock and pre-Internet touring, when handing out photocopied fliers was how you let music fans know you had a show coming up. "We've been in bands for so long, we appreciate the DIY ethics" said guitarist Adam Arling. “Every band evolves (or should), and the music on this album is a reflection of TLV working with some top-dog producers the past few years. We wanted to boil the tunes down and get the message across, using fuzzed-up guitars & drums punching you in the face. We tried to create some kind of sonic street fight. That’s what we wanted.”
The Last Vegas will be touring heavily in support of this album beginning with a European tour in May and throughout the U.S. this summer including festival dates leading into another Europe tour in fall of 2014.