Chicago’s The Last Vegas will embark on a handful of headlining dates this spring in support of their 6th studio album titled ‘Eat Me’ that was released exclusively through AFM Records Germany on March 18, 2016. In addition the band announced dates in Germany for this November.
‘Eat Me’ is a mash-up of full-tilt boogie rock, droney Zeppelin-esque riffs, and alt-psychedelic acoustic ballads. Equal part American bluesy riffs and Swedish production technique, the album balances grit & polish.
“This is truly an American hybrid album” quotes guitarist Adam Arling. “Some may call it ‘rock’, however it’s more ‘pop trash’. There’s even a song entitled “Hot Fudge” w/ a nasty Moog riff just waiting to rule a dance floor. It’s ridiculous.” He adds, “I was over in Sweden on a reality TV show for 2 months, when the guys decided to do another album. We had less than 3 weeks to write songs, rehearse, then schedule recording before Chad split.We wanted to capture the energy of a tight deadline and approach the material without looking back or over-thinking anything”.
The Last Vegas tracked ‘Eat Me’ at Johnny K’s hit-making Groovemaster Studios in Chicago, a spot familiar to the band where they recorded critically-acclaimed ‘Bad Decisions’ and 2013’s ‘Sweet Salvation’.
The fast pace worked to the band’s favor; as they adopted a “first-thought, best-thought, only-thought” approach.
“Eat Me” album cover.
“We gathered some favorite demos lying around, added a few fresh ideas and rehearsed the hell out of the songs for about 8 days” says singer Chad Cherry. “We were tracking vocals up through the night I left for LA. We recorded like 12 songs in about 11 hours at Groovemaster, and it felt like we were making our first album again. It was awesome”.
TLV’s vision was perfectly complimented by a musical contact Nathan Arling came across while in Sweden filming the ‘Allt For Sverige’ TV series; Engineer/Producer Chris Laney. Mr. Laney mixed the album ‘Eat Me’ in Stockholm, Sweden, song by song, as The Last Vegas fed him sessions built in Chicago at the TLV studio space.
“We chipped away at each track’s session, layering guitars, Moog synths, bongos, bells, wind chimes, and even an old-school talk-box” says guitarist Bryan Wilkinson who makes his debut on ‘Eat Me’. “Chris’s mixes just kept blowing us away. Chris asked if he could go crazy in the mixes, and we demanded he do so.”
‘Eat Me’ is the first time The Last Vegas have collaborated with a European production team (Sweden’s Grammy-nominated Classe Persson is mastering). Being long-time fans of Scandinavian rock production and influenced by records from The Hellacopters, Turbnonegro, Nomads and more, The Last Vegas were thrilled with a new approach in making a modern-day album; and the results of the inter-continental experiment.
“There’s a lot of feeling in this record. It’s fascinating what you can express musically when you record songs quickly, never second-guessing your gut instinct. We found the soul in rock’n’roll; from both Chicago and Stockholm” says Adam Arling. “But let’s not get too serious, I mean the album is called ‘Eat Me’ after all. Catch you on tour in 2016.”
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Mar, 31, Frequency, Madison, WI,
Apr, 01, Double Door/The Tip, Chicago, IL, w/ Blue Dream
Apr, 02, The Foundry, Jackson, MI,
Apr, 20, This Ain’t Hollywood, Hamilton, Canada,
Apr, 21, The Roxy Side Room, Barrie, Canada,
Apr, 22, Cherry Cola’s,Toronto, Canada, w/ The Anti Queens
Apr, 23, Call The Office, London, Canada,
May, 12, Bottom of The Hill, San Francisco, CA, w/ ALL TIME HIGHS
May, 13, Viper Room, West Hollywood, CA, w/ ALL TIME HIGHS
May, 14, Counts Vamp’d, Las Vegas, NV, w/ BulletBoys & ALL TIME HIGHS
Jul, 23, Burning Cow Music Festival, Sturgeon Bay, WI ,
Nov, 17, Keller Klub, Stuttgart, Germany, w/ The Quireboys
Nov, 18, Airport, Regensberg, Germany, w/ The Quireboys
Nov, 19, Paunchy Cats, Lichtenfels, Germany, w/ The Quireboys
Nov, 20, Garage Deluxe, Munchen, Germany, w/ The Quireboys
Nov, 21, 27, Platten, Germany, w/ The Quireboys
Nov, 23, Turock, Essen, Germany, w/ The Quireboys
Nov, 25, Logo, Hamburg, Germany, w/ The Quireboys
Nov, 26, Das Bett, Frankfurt, Germany, w/ The Quireboys