Album review: THE LAST VEGAS – Sweet Salvation

The Last Vegas - Sweet Salvation

Frostbyte Media [Release date 02.06.14]

Originally formed in 2003, Chicago, The Last Vegas really took off when joined by current vocalist Chad Cherry in 2008. The band beat 8,000 others to a prize which included opening for Motley Crue, a management deal and a record deal with the bands Eleven Seven Music, their 2009 album “Whatever Gets You Off” was also produced by the Crue’s Nikki Sixx.

Blending influences such as Guns n Roses, Motley Crue and Cheap Trick, The Last Vegas have just released their latest album “Sweet Salvation”.  Not as polished as its two predecessors (“Whatever Gets You Off” and 2012’s “Bad Decisions”) and darker at times, the album is catchy, sleazy, packed with hooks galore and contains some little guitar runs that GnR would be proud of.

The album opens with “Touch The Sky” which has a Doors like intro that gives way to a sound reminiscent of Aerosmith.  “Come With Me” kind of reminds me of Jane’s Addiction at their best whilst “Invincible Summer” has a poppier feel to it and “Miss You” almost veers into Rival Sons territory at times.  “Lucky 13” has all the essential elements of late ‘80’s sleaze rock, the vocals here are not dissimilar to Love/Hate,  and is my favourite track on the album.

“Face In The Crowd”, “Sweet Salvation” and “You and Me (You Never Know)” round out the highlights and with every song on “Sweet Salvation” coming in at under 4 and a half minutes in length the album’s only downside is that it only contains 9 tracks – I could have done with a few more.

With Motley Crue retiring shortly, their replacement may be right in front of our eyes.  Viva Last Vegas.  *****

Review by Nikk Gunns

The Last Vegas, Camden Underworld, 18 May 2014

Tonight’s proceedings opened with Heartbreak Remedy, this young British band are definitely one to keep an eye on.

Despite a turnout of less than 100 people The Last Vegas put on one hell of a live show tonight and I would say that it was possibly one of the best I have seen for a few years.

The set mixed tracks from new album “Sweet Salvation” with more established numbers “High Class Trash”, “Whatever Gets You Off” and “I’m Bad”. This wasn’t the first time I’d seen the band and it’s no secret that they are one of my favourite discoveries over the last few years.

Despite the low turnout the band play a full 15 song set and stay after to sign merch and make new friends, and this they certainly did. The Last Vegas really are a band that you need to see if you can and they return to the UK in October to tour with Skid Row.

Nikk Gunns

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