• Sun. Apr 14th, 2024

It has been 13 years since She Wants Revenge debuted their self-titled album, which seemed to take everyone by storm with their big hit “Tear You Apart”. For me, they are a band that has steadily stayed in rotation when I’m in the mood for a darker, edgier playlist. So, naturally when I saw they would be coming to Vinyl inside of the Hard Rock Hotel, I had to be there.

The venue was a bit empty at first, which made me nervous, but it was an early show, so there was plenty of time for it to fill up. Whoever was handling the music before the show and between sets did a fantastic job. Songs by bands like Depeche Mode (who She Wants Revenge toured with in 2006), The Cure, and The Smiths set the mood for the evening wonderfully.

Dark Black.

Starting out the evening was opening band and Las Vegas locals Dark Black. Describing themselves as “dream punk”, which is the perfect description, the five piece is comprised of Matt Frantom, Dillon Shines, Kevin Oakley, George Foskaris, and Rocky Stevenson.

The venue filled quickly as the band began.

While the band didn’t move around a lot (oh, the joys of having lots of gear on a stage), their music was moving; if that makes any sense at all.

Dark Black played a blend of their old and new stuff, and had I brought extra money with me to the show, I would have been first in line to purchase a copy of their new EP Dissolve, which is available on vinyl and cassette tape (yes, cassette tape). You can purchase their vinyls through www.runninginplacerecords.com, but if you want a cassette, you have to see these guys in person. Trust me, they don’t disappoint.

Warbly Jets.

Hailing from Los Angeles, the Warbly Jets looks like a renegade group of new wave/punk kids, with vocalist Samuel Shea slightly resembling Marc Bolan.

To be 100% honest with you, this performance did not do the band justice. I took the time to listen to them when I got home, and really dug them, but the mix during their set compressed their sound far too much. When you have a muddy mix, you really can’t get the best impression, and unfortunately these guys were cheated and ended up sounding like Julian Casablancas and Trent Reznor attempting to make a record.

Regardless, they played their asses off and their energy was intense. Shea interacted with the crowd heavily and contrasted the band prior, as well as headliners She Wants Revenge.

If you enjoy solid rock n’ roll, I implore you to take a listen to Warbly Jets. I hope next time they come to Vegas I can be there to really get what these guys are about.

She Wants Revenge.

With there not being a curtain at the venue, we could see the band setting up, which threw the crowd into screaming fits of joy. One woman behind me kept screaming “Justin!” at an attempt to get the singer’s attention.

By the time She Wants Revenge hit the stage, you could barely move; the venue was so packed. It seemed like everyone had turned out for this gig – the punks, the goths, the plain Janes; literally everyone.

Just before 10:00 p.m. the venue went dark and erupted with screams of excitement as the band broke into “Killing Time”. Vocalist Justin Warfield’s monotone vocals penetrated the air, and thanks to the blue lighting, helped add that creepy vibe that makes the band’s sound what it is.

The crowd completely lost it during the band’s biggest hits “These Things” and “Tear You Apart”, which teenage me internally went nuts for as well.

While the band didn’t interact too terribly much with the crowd, the energy they gave off still permeated the room. Watching She Wants Revenge is kind of like an intense horror film. A lot of the emotion is in the music, and not necessarily what is happening in front of your eyes. Regardless, you feel it.

One of the things I love best about them is that they aren’t out to prove anything or be avant garde. It’s simple. It’s creepy and emotion filled, kind of like Sisters of Mercy.

After 15 years since their inception, they are still going strong, and I look forward to their next show in Vegas. Until then, I’ll just have to listen to “Sugar” on repeat…

ALL PHOTOS TAKEN BY COURTNEY WARE FOR ZROCKR MAGAZINE 2019. All Rights Reserved.

By Stephy Muzio

Stephanie " Stephy " Muzio (formerly Hayward) - Public Relations / Writer/ Photographer and Co-Founder of ZRockR Magazine Co-host of ZRockR Magazine LIVE! Stephy was raised on rock and roll. Originally from Illinois, Stephy is the daughter of an aspiring metal guitarist and a former rock n roll radio dj. Stephy’s first concert at the tender age of 8 was Rob Zombie at the original Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas, where she happily threw horns up and sang along to "Dragula" with the best of them ( she incidentally loves horror films too!) . She performed with the VGA choir at the 2007 Video Game Awards show at Mandalay Bay when it was hosted by Samuel L Jackson, sharing the stage with the likes of Foo Fighters as well as Kid Rock. An LVA alum, when she isn’t singing or playing herself (she plays a few different instruments), she is out in support of the local scene and at her friends gigs around the southwest and even when she is back home in Illinois! She has written as well as done some photography previously for a couple of smaller zines including Vegas SoundZ when it was in print. Stephy takes the adage of ” If it’s too loud that is just too damn bad! ” to heart- after all- she was raised around screaming guitars, thunderous drums, production studios and only Led Zeppelin and Nirvana played extremely loud would put her to sleep as a kid! Stephy is a large part of the backbone of ZRockR.

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