'Exile On Fremont Street', the debut album from Sin City Sinners, is slick, it's glitzy, it's...um...well, it's very polished indeed. Not what I was expecting at all, to be honest. Brent Muscat (he of Faster Pussycat fame) put together a rock 'n' roll lounge band in Vegas (sort of a Camp Freddy for the slots) for gigs and fun and somewhere along the line it turned into a proper album that you are reading about here.
It has the same vibe as say..um...Circus Diablo to be honest (but without the superstar rock 'n' roll A-listers). Joining Brent Muscat in the band are Todd Kerns on vocals, Rob Cournoyer (formerly of Raging Slab) on drums and Michael Ellis on bass.
I must admit I was expecting some low down and dirty 'Bathroom Wall' style rock 'n' roll. I'm not saying it isn't lowdown and dirty because, in parts, it is but I'm listening to eleven tracks with a definite radio friendly edge. It's still rock 'n' roll for sure, but definitely leaning towards radio rock at times, perfected on tracks like 'Big Time Superstar' which has radio play written all over it.
'Numb' gets things up and running and it kind of sets the tone for the rest of the album with some great fret work from Mr Muscat. 'Gotta Girl' is more like it with a great big dirty riff going on but it also has that big chorus. The playing is immaculate, perhaps not enough dirt in the recording, but I bet it sounds great live. Some good songs but maybe not great songs but this record wasn't set out to change the music world and rewrite the rule book of rock - Hell, it's meant to be fun, right? On that front it sounds like a ball so this job's a good un! I can see this shifting loads Stateside, no doubt about it.