The Ghosts Of Vegas is a brand new band from Chicago, and this is their debut EP, Kicking The Hornet’s Nest. The band is comprised with best friends Billy Radley and Jon DeNapoli, while being joined by extras during live performances. The pair grew up listening to 90’s grunge including Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots.
These influences are definitely worn on the sleeve of the album (heh), from the guitar heavy instrumentation, to the passionate vocal delivery, and especially in tracks such as End Of Days and Destruct In Stereo, which sound like they could’ve come straight from the golden era of grunge.
One gripe I have is that there’s a lack of hooks for the listener to really grab themselves on to. The songs are good, but there’s no element that would get me to return to this EP again and again. I think the choruses need to be a lot more obvious as they tend to blend in too much with the verse, creating little impact and momentum for the tracks. But apart from that, this is a solid listen for anybody who also grew up in the 90s.
I cannot wait to hear the upcoming covers EP The Ghosts Of Vegas are close to finishing, it’ll help give the listener a better judgement of their sound. The duo are also planning on releasing two more EPs in the future too, and with the duo now listening to the likes of David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Oasis, Say Hi and Green Day, it would be great if they took the catchy elements and embedded in their sound.