|Origin||Leeds, Yorkshire, England|
|Labels||Universal Republic, 2007-present|
|Associated acts||Marfa Lights, The Chevin|
The band started playing music together while attending Prince Henry's Grammar School in Otley, West Yorkshire. Their first band was called Orka but they later changed their name to Salvadore. In December 2004 they joined forces with Mark Heaton, a friend from the vibrant Leeds music scene.
They signed with indie label White Duke Records in 2005 and the band released two self produced singles, Your Vegas and Flybuzz, the latter hitting number 12 in the UK Indie Chart. They began extensively touring the UK and in the summer of that year they performed on the unsigned stage at Leeds Festival.
In mid-2006, while taking a break from touring, Coyle visited friends in New York City and after playing a few acoustic shows and handing out demos a buzz began to build around the band. The other four members flew out for a few weeks and the band played a handful of shows over the summer, generating interest from several major labels. By Christmas 2006 a record deal with Universal Republic was signed.
A Town And Two Cities
2007 began with the band being chosen by Playboy magazine as one of their first "Rock The Rabbit" bands. The band designed a limited edition Your Vegas T-shirt for the campaign and performed at Playboy's spring break event in Cabo, Mexico.
They spent the rest of the year recording their debut album, A Town And Two Cities, with producer David Bendeth (Paramore, Breaking Benjamin) at his studio in New Jersey then, mixing it at Electric Lady Studios in New York City with Brian Sperber.
In January 2008, Your Vegas released its debut EP, A Town And Two Cities EP, which reached number 27 in the iTunes rock chart. In late January they performed at the Sundance Film Festival before embarking on their first North American tour as support for The Bravery.
In March 2008, the band played several shows at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas before partnering with Pan Am for the release of their Spring/Summer 2008 collection of retro bags sold in Bloomingdale's stores across the US. The band appeared live in-store at the New York launch event. A Town And Two Cities was released in the US on 29 April, along with the leading single "In My Head".
A Town And Two Cities was never released outside of the United States.
Touring and Television
The rest of 2008 saw the band continuously on the road across the US and Canada, as they completed six major North American tours including supporting two tours with The Bravery, as well as several dates on tour supporting Duran Duran. Over the summer, Your Vegas headlined their own east coast tour of America and performed at various US Music festivals, including The Bamboozle, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and All Points West. In November they were once again an opening act, this time touring the US and Canada as support for Shiny Toy Guns.
Your Vegas made its US national network television debut on 5 May 2008 when they performed debut single, "In My Head", on Last Call with Carson Daly. A single released by the group, "Christmas and Me Are Through" was used as a closing adianoeta of the last episode of the inaugural season of the network series "Chuck".
In November 2008, Your Vegas founded their own celebrity football team along with MLS Magazine called Champions United. On 22 November 2008, they played a charity football match against Hollywood United, which resulted in a 7-7 draw. Proceeds raised from the event went towards helping hurricane victims in Houston. Since the event, Coyle and Jon have participated in a number of Hollywood United games and events.
Early 2009 saw the band come off the road and begin writing their second album. In March they took some time out to perform several shows again at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, and then again in the summer months for a series of performances in New York. Labeled by the band as 'The Blitz', Your Vegas performed over 20 shows in under 40 days in NYC throughout the summer road testing new material.
A segment from their song "Salvador" is being used as the theme song for the Science Channel documentary Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero.
|A Town And Two Cities|
|A Town And Two Cities EP|
- "Your Vegas" (August 2005) UK
- "Flybuzz" (January 2006) UK
- "In My Head" (June 2008) US
- "Christmas And Me Are Through" (January 20, 2009)
- BBC - Leeds - Entertainment - Unsigned stage line-up
- Your Vegas
- rock the rabbit
- David Bendeth - Discography
- All Bets Are On For Indie Music Fans As Universal Republic Newcomers Your Vegas Makes Live Trek Across US With The Bravery @ Top40-Charts.com - 40 Top 20 & Top 40 Music Charts from 25 Countries
- Theodore, Jeff (2008-08-08). "Band makes move from small town to big time". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved 2008-08-14.