The Bloody Villains

Double Down Saloon, Feb. 11

Las Vegas needs a new “high-energy” garage act like the Strip needs another luxury mega resort. That said, these greasy, pompadour-ed rockabilly hounds, who play like punked-up KISS, put on one helluva good show. The Bloody Villains wielded enough fist-pumping, attention-grabbing riffs—such as “Killing the Time” and “Caught with Meat in Your Mouth”—to keep you engrossed. Frontman Greg Verdusco unleashed plenty of James Williamson-grade lead guitar lines between verses, giving his band an ominous sonic aura. And the band knows how to build serious momentum by placing twin go-for-the-throat tunes (power-chord rave-up “Piss and Moan” and three-chord dragster “Long Way Home”) at set’s end. My one quibble: I feel I’ve seen and heard other local bands, such as the Black Jetts, do pretty much the same thing for the last 10 years. Still, the Villains prove they can draw blood. ★★★☆☆

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