• Fri. Jul 19th, 2024

The Bones have been a part of the Vegas music scene for years now, and have become a favorite of many a local rock fan. The quartet, currently comprised of vocalist/guitarist Patrick Vitagliano, guitarist Jeff Duncan, drummer Shawn Duncan, and bassist Sean Koos, almost immediately made an impact when they began playing shows across local venues.

In a scene that focuses a little too heavily on classic hard rock and metal (largely the Sunset Strip glam scene) a band like this is a welcome change. The band started shows primarily doing covers of “the worst songs ever made,” stripping them of their overproduction and elaborate sounds, and reinventing them with a raw, punky energy the original cuts lacked. Over time the group began working original material into the set. They now give their audiences the best of both worlds, reinvented covers and originals alike.




Dirty Pretty Things is the third release from The Bones. The first album was comprised of original songs with a power pop vibe, whereas the second was recorded live and recaptured the group performing the stripped down, raw cover songs that got them attention on the local scene in the first place.

This is not a band where you ever quite know what to expect, and that might be part of the reason I enjoy their music as much as I do. Needless to say I did not know what I was getting coming into the band’s latest release. Things are as unpredictable as ever with The Bones.

And as far as this fan is concerned, that is a damn good thing.

The second album from The Bones is anything but a carbon copy of the first two; it is clear these guys have plenty of musical ideas and want to get them out there to the masses. While the first studio release tended to be more of a power pop album, the latest draws its influence more from something heavier and harder, namely the alternative rock styles of the 90s, though the group does not exactly leave their power pop past behind either. The result is some refreshing, highly original music exploring a myriad of musical and lyrical themes, as only these guys could do.


The rear cover and tracklist for The Bones' latest release.
The rear cover and tracklist for The Bones’ latest release.


This album is arguably the band’s most ambitious, with plenty of songs that approach the six and seven minute mark! This is a daring and bold move, but these guys have never been afraid to be creative with their music, and it remains all the more a reason that a fan to check the album out.

The Bones are back with a solid new release and it belongs in your collection. Dirty Pretty Things comes highly recommended!



By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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