The neat thing about how connected we all are with the myriad of blogs, websites, and social networks out there is that occasionally I will get contacted by people I have not thought of in years, or musicians who I have not heard from in a while.
The latter situation came up recently when Chris Brackett got in touch about his new project, Stealing Vegas. Brackett may be familiar to South Carolina audiences from his semi-acoustic duo Different Daniel, and to fans of his previous outfit, Suburban Love Junkies, that called Alabama home.
Stealing Vegas is more along the Junkies line, with a contemporary, buzzing pop-rock sound that hearkens back to the popular alt-rock of the late 1990s without indulging in the post-grunge dead end of Stone Temple Pilots or Candlebox. Instead, Brackett tackles the more song-form oriented style of Tonic, or his most obvious influence, Treadmill Trackstar (The Stealing Vegas tune “3” could be a lost outtake from Treadmill’s major label days, it’s so close to their sound).
So far, Brackett has been content to play a few shows and put up some great new songs on the band’s Myspace page (Check out the song “Letters”, the best of the bunch on the playlist); hopefully there will be more to come from the group, and a proper album release, soon.