SIN CITY - Welcome to Sin City LP (Black 180g vinyl)
Having spent several years darkening doorways and gracing stages around the globe in other musical guises, SIN CITY were formed when members of 1:12 Records garage rockers The Cavemen, found themselves in the dry desert heat of Spain’s Costa Blanca. Originally hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, the pair found themselves sharing a squalid room in the town of Alicante and spent several months writing songs inspired by their mutual love for outlaw country, barroom soul and rock ’n’ roll.From Marty Robbins to Mink Deville, Glen Campbell to Gram Parsons and Bobbie Gentry to Bruce Springsteen, they draw their roots from a gumbo of 60s & 70s country-soul Americana. With these influences worn firmly on their sleeves, SIN CITY weave their own stories of drunken heartbreak, road-worn revelry and cowboy tinged murder balladry into these classic forms. Their live shows, either as a stripped down acoustic duo or as a full 5-piece powerhouse, have quickly become infamous for their wild energy, wry humour and tender charm. They’ve recently planted their boots back on home shores, with this Delaney Davidson-produced album on the way. But make no mistake, SIN CITY have their sights set firmly on the horizon...
All songs written and performed by Nick Armstrong and Jack Beesley
Produced by Delaney Davidson; Engineered by Jol Mulholland, Mastered by Angus McNaughton, Photography by Gloria Florence, Album design by Luke Wood.
Additional performers - John Segovia (lap steel, telecaster), Alistair Deverick (drums, tambourine), Dave Khan (fiddle), Delaney Davidson (guitar, bass, steel, rhodes, mandolin, whistle), Takumi Yanai (bass), Liv Shaw (backing vocals), Lucas Fritsch (saxophone), John Egenes (pedal steel).
"It is obvious that Jack and Nick are having a blast with this, and even the album cover makes one think of albums from 50 years ago, and the result is something which truly does not pander to any fashion or pigeonhole, but instead is about two guys doing what feels right. So, we can get slowed down numbers such as Hold On Little Girl which is steeped in sleazy blues, or we can get upbeat songs such as Bandit Of Love with wonderful honky tonk piano (they mess up the beginning of this, so just restart and kick it off again straight away, then kept the mistake on the album which makes me smile). This is honest music, from guys who apparently feel there is nothing wrong with wearing stetsons in Auckland, and why not?" - 7/10 Kev Rowland, House of Prog