Sin City: Welcome to Sin City (digital outlets)

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Sin City: Welcome to Sin City (digital outlets)

If Orville Peck takes his country music seriously, locals Sin City casually weld classic American stadium rock, finger-snap Mink DeVille (Hold On Little Girl), Jersey Shore rock'n'soul (Turn Out the Light) and more on this debut with telling song titles: Hanging From the Branches Above (a dust-blown hanged-man narrative); Belly of the Beast (rockabilly); Pissin' in the Wind and Bandit of Love (the latter with a false start and hollers).

Things I Left Behind could be a Gram Parsons-Keith Richards' throwaway rehearsal from the Stones' Exile period.

Produced by Delaney Davidson, Sin City revolve around multi-instrumentalists Nick Armstrong and Jack Beesley, with guitarist John Segovia, drummer Alistair Deverick, Dave Khan (fiddle) and Davidson (guitars, mandolin) among the players.

Loose-limbed swagger, braggadocio, ramshackle country rock'n'roll, barroom ballads and country cliches mined for knowing humour.

Doubtless raucously memorable live.

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You can hear and buy this album at bandcamp here

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Mike O'Connell - May 12, 2022

It's a great album Graham. And it's also, happily, available on vinyl!. GRAHAM REPLIES: Good to know, thanks.

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