Posted by Holden DeForge.
Reviewed on 20th January 2006.
Live at Faversham on Wednesday, 18th January 2006
Fresh from an NME pasting, Your Vegas take to the Faversham's stage in front of a good sized crowd. The review of new single 'Flybuzz' criticised the band for daring not to be an identikit copycat of every other band you can hear on the radio or read about in the press. If the NME and Radio 1 were interested in bands who wrote good songs, rather than those who fitted a profile for whatever is latest passing trend then Your Vegas would be A-Listed cover stars.
From opener 'Aurora' the band stamp their presence on the crowd, with HUGE sounding guitars and vocalist Coyle Girelli's snake hipped stalking of the front of stage, the band have that 'something' extra about them. An impressive sound and a pretty front man is all well and good but Your Vegas don't stop there. Girelli has a voice with a great range which is utilised to great effect through their set. 'She' contains a wonderful vocal line and even better chord changes that combine to make this an instantly loveable tune and one that has withstood name changes and the greatest test of all... time.
Even when guitarist Mat Steel's amp quits on him during the self titled debut single, the band carry on regardless and manage to create a bigger sound than some fully operational bands. The band have a great sense of dynamics and do slower and quieter ('Salvadore') as well as they do the relentless crashing of sweeping guitar and keyboard melodies. Whilst some of the set suffers from not being quite as supreme as one or two of the other tracks, live Your Vegas have it pretty much nailed on.