ThereSomewhere, in a not too distant Sunderland land, a sleeping beast is about to roar. A four headed, raw, visceral, post-punk beast. Powered by a primordial rage, This Aint Vegas made a name for themselves beneath the surface of the North East music “scene”, quickly becoming one of the most well loved, yet most underrated, bands. The four piece from Wearside, consisting of Richard P. Amundsen, guitar & singer man, Jordan A. Hill, drumsist, Adam T. Rose, voice and Michael Matthews, basser, were born in December of 2001.
Their debut album, The Black Lung Captain (2004) spliced their fevered rock and roll with North Eastern wit and a good deal of rhythmic invention to create an icy spread of punchy indie-rock. 2005 saw them follow it up with the joyous, frantic and tense grotty garage punk, that was, the quite frankly brilliantly titled, The Night Don Benito Saved My Life.
After building up a sizeable, strong army of followers and becoming revered by those in the know, This Aint Vegas decided to call it a day, a mere two albums and three singles into their existence. Throughout This Aint Vegas’s lifespan they managed to play some amazing places, not only in the UK, but Europe, visiting countries like Germany, France, Belgium, Czech Rep, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland and Holland.
Members of the band have been keeping busy by having a hand in organising Split Festival, as well as playing it as part of their various side projects. Last year, a selection of This Aint Vegas, amongst members of other North East rock royalty, played Split Festival in their ornithological alter egos B>E>A>K, storming the main stage. This Aint Vegas will make their long awaited comeback at Split Festival’s Fringe Tent this year, in front of, what’s bound to be, an absolutely chocka Fringe Tent. Make sure you don’t miss it.