Imagine Dragons are at the top of my list of Las Vegas bands. Yeah, I know: They’re on everyone’s list. Why? These shake-your-’80s-booty synth-rockers deliver soaring, dance floor anthems. Their claim to near-fame: the snaked harmony vocals of charismatic lead singer Dan Reynolds and keyboardist Brittany Tolman. The South by Southwest-bound band just wrapped up a logo contest. Look for a winner on the Dragons’ Facebook page. The band plays a free show Feb. 25 at The Pub at Monte Carlo, and if you’re cool enough for Austin, Texas this year, catch the Dragons March 18 at Maggie Mae’s, 10:30 p.m. sharp.
The cool competition got me thinking about logos of my other favorite acts. Seen Red State Soundsystem’s speaker-laden pickup in a harsh west Texas landscape? Credit local RSS indie-rock mastermind Joshua Ellis who moonlights as a graphics artist and website builder. Ellis has been busy offering mp3 covers via Twitter (@jzellis). He recently served up a haunting cover of “Tomorrow Wendy,” an Andy Prieboy song made famous by Concrete Blonde in the early ’90s.
Also a fave: the creepy, cobwebbed logo belonging to Spun in Darkness. Too many death-metal bands render their logos illegible, as if they’re trying to imitate the splatter-and-gore of a Saw sequel. Spun in Darkness will soon make good use of their logo on a two-week L.A. to Portland tour, which departs after the April 6 release of their new CD, Feast of the Undead.
Vegas melodic hardcore kings Destruction of a Rose have a cool logo, as well. Signed to Hollywood’s Standby Records, DOAR is primed to enter Lambesis Studios—where deathcore favorite Winds of Plague has recorded—March 10 to record their first full-length. This band has been kicking around for so long that I recall catching them open for Escape the Fate before the latter signed with Epitaph in 2005. DOAR’s debut EP, Suspended in Time, came out last July.
In last week’s mention of Pigasus, I failed to add that guitarist Jesse is appearing in the vintage-instrument parts of Pawn Stars, a History Channel reality TV series set in the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on Las Vegas Boulevard. But can he get us a deal on that Rolex?
Which CD-release party will you find me at this week? At the only one I see on my Facebook calendar: Punk act Guilty by Association’s Feb. 27 bash at the Bunkhouse Saloon (124 S. 11th St.) with Battle Born, G.F.I. and Sloka. First 50 folks through the door get a free copy of American Decay. Excuse me while I go prep my fauxhawk.