Sin City Presents Magazine January 2019 Volume 6 Issue 1 - Page 42



Vegas Rock Revolution Showcase: Duel/ House of Broken Promises/ Tyrants by Night/ Sonolith

Photos: Leah Burlington

Review by John Gist

Counts Vamp'd 07/15/18

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Was cool to meet legendary Brian Slagel from Metal Blade Records, who is a really cool guy and knows how to put on a CD release party!! What a great night!! Congrats Lizzy Borden on your new album!! We LOVE You to Pieces!!!


Sonolith got the party started with a very strong set to warm up the crowd. Alex Sonolith and his gang have been a regular as an opener for VRR and are known for their hard driving riffing instrumental sets.

Tyrants by Night came on stage blazing with their early Metallica feel and blew away the crowd as they continue to build upon being the hottest heavy rock band in Vegas. Thanks again to Matt O'Rourke, Jay Dumas, Skylar Voegele and Josh Govang for being part of another Vegas Rock Revolution Showcase.

On August 23rd, the band “Anthology” made its debut performance at Counts Vamp’d. The band consists of members of Raiding the Rock Vault, including Michael T. Ross, Jason Ebs, Mark Boals, Cian Coey, Blas Elias and Zoran Maddox. They sounded amazing as they usually do, they totally rocked the place, no disappointments. Fans were totally engaged. Great vibe

What's your most memorable music moment?

There have been so many. Playing a new, original song live for the first time is always xciting! Thrillbilly has played the annual festival Country In The Park 4 or 5 times now and it’s always a huge crowd. The year when my twin boys Myles and Dylan were 4 was the best! I had them and my Dad side-stage with me right before we went on and they could see thousands of people as far as you can see. Then I said the boys names in the intro of a song I was singing…and it was over. They were hooked and wanted to play music too, so it was the best feeling to share that experience with my boys and my Dad.

How long have you been playing, how did you get started, do you play any other instruments?

I’ve been playing guitar since I was 4 so I don’t really remember not playing guitar. My grandma was a pianist and although my Dad doesn’t play, he’s always loved the guitar and bought me my first guitar at 4 after I watched Roy Clark play on TV. The people at the music store probably thought my parents were nuts getting a 4-year-old a guitar but I was hooked and wanted to play guitar Like Roy Clark so they saved up and did it. Roy’s thumbprint is on my style more than any other guitarist. So, the fast licks and tricks while clowning around is all Roy’s fault! I also play piano and bass. And anything else that makes noise.

Tell us about your go to gear....

I’m very monogamous with my guitars. My main axe is a black Strat that is a lot like Clapton’s beloved “Blackie”, a 60’s Les Paul Classic, and a 70’s Tele. It may sound hard to believe but those are the only 3 guitars I’ve played for the past 25 years. I’m a minimalist with pedals. I use 2 Ibanez tube screamers, a TS-9 and an 808, same as Stevie Ray Vaughan. Sometimes chorus and compression and that’s it. For me, the tone and creativity is in the hands rather than the processing. I use different Vox, Rivera or Fender combo amps but they always have that Fender spring-like tone.

Do you have any upcoming shows?

Thrillbilly was incredibly busy the last few months of 2018, right up until a few days before Christmas, so we’re taking some time off in January and working on our upcoming album which should be out later this year. Plus, I’m working on a solo album that will be out later this year. We’ll add more shows in the spring and summer so check us out at, Facebook, Pandora, and iTunes.

Thank you Troy! Keep Rockin’!!

Be sure to add Thrillbilly Deluxe to your must see list in 2019!

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