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Death In Vegas “Aisha” The Review

The Story So Far…

Death in Vegas are a psychedelic rock and electronic rock band from the United Kingdom, comprising two permanent members: Richard Fearless (Richard Maguire) and Tim Holmes. Influenced by a wide range of musical genres including psychedelic rock, electronica, krautrock, dub and industrial, the band's sound is constantly changing, moving between live rock sounds, electronica and minimal techno. The band was formed in 1994 by Fearless and Steve Hellier and signed to Concrete Records under the name of "Dead Elvis”. Objections from the Elvis Presley estate forced them to change their name, and Dead Elvis became the title of their first album instead.

The Contino Sessions

The band’s second album, The Contino Sessions (1999), marked a slight change in direction with more attention to live instrumentation than their first and the inclusion of guest vocalists (including Dot Allison, Bobby Gillespie, Iggy Pop, and Jim Reid). Although predominantly rock-influenced, the album still retained some electronic elements, in particular the opening track "Dirge” with its drum machine-based rhythm track. "Dirge”, featuring a vocal chant by Allison, is perhaps one of the band's most recognisable tracks. "Dirge” was featured on a Levi’s jeans commercial, as well as the second instalment of the Blair Witch Project, and was used in the trailer for the 2006 film The Black Dahlia. The song was also used at the end of the 2009 remake of Last House on the Left, near the end of the Being Human episode "The Longest Day”, and in the second episode of season two of Misfits. Along with "Aisha” (with vocals from Iggy Pop), "Dirge” helped the band gain more recognition, culminating in a Mercury Music Prize nomination in 2000. The song "Dirge” was subject of a lawsuit by the band "Five or Six”, as it borrowed extensively from their song "Another Reason”. The matter was settled with "Five or Six” receiving writing credit for "Dirge”. "Aisha” was a Top 10 hit in the UK and also featured in the Playstation 2 title "Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec”.

The Now

In August 2011, a full scale live tour was announced.

[Credit to Wikipedia for afore information]

The Dark Tower Review: Ultimately and without any doubt whatsoever, Death In Vegas’ "Aisha” became more than a mile stone for all those ‘Hardcore Players’ that were lucky enough to pick up a Game Pad of their Playstation 2’s and drive flat out or skilfully around the various precocious tracks of "Gran Tarismo 3: A-Spec”. It was the introduction of something beyond the full on buzz of driving custom vehicles around courses for the fastest lap, or just for the hell of it that had flocked thousands to choose "Aisha” as their very own personal "Achievement Tune”.

The beginning sound of the guitar riffs, the kick-in bass, before the drum beats introduce the vocals that elevate the whole sound into a warble-effective trance-like road of sound. As slowly the individual samples are dropped into the main track, the voice carries the listener into a sense of satisfying chaos – a chaos that could only be achieved by two of the Master’s in music:  Fearless and Steve Hellier – where the track emerges from the game format into the real world of people’s personal stereos and sound systems.

With first impressions, it was believed by many, including all of us that "The Voice” was that of Star Trek Commander Spock aka Leonard Nimoy. Of course this little thought was debunked when it was announced the voice was that of Mr Iggy Pop himself…

FlowMotions Interview Tim Holmes / Death In Vegas London, 20.04.2007

Florence: Predictably "my” Death In Vegas favourite track is ‘Aisha’, which is a perfect collaboration with Iggy because it’s such a musical departure for him...

How did you talk him into working with you bearing in mind that it wasn't the style of music he was doing at the time?

Tim: Actually we wrote him a letter!

We didn't do it through record companies, in fact we didn’t actually tell them until it was definite that Iggy wanted to do it.

If you tell your label about something like that they would want the press and photographers there and that’s the opposite of what Iggy Pop is about.

At the time he said: "I really like the way you approached me, as a fan rather than being some sort of media machine.”

We took tapes out to New York, where Iggy lived at the time, and recorded it. God! That was already ten years ago!!

That was the first track we did for ‘The Contino Sessions’.

[Information from FlowMotion]

So our indulgence became fond of the "Death In Vegas” sound, especially as many of our associates found a strangeness in us liking "Metal” as well as "Psychedelic Rock”, but this was soon to be widespread before eventually Nationwide with the changing force of "Musical Culture” from "Acid House” to "Techno” to "Rave”. Some DJ’s even put their very own spin on "Aisha” by remixing and integrating the track alongside various unhinged instrumentals so that the upcoming "Algorhythm Styles” were accepted within the wide audience of "24 Hour Party People”. At last, from a simple track known for driving influential skills around race tracks, the huge tune known as "Aisha” had developed into much more, and then some.

The Dark Tower loves this track, as much today as we did when it first graced our young ears back in the 1990’s. Our "Top 1000 List” certainly holds a place for the phenomenally popular "Death In Vegas”, and more so for both "Aisha” and "Dirge”.

The Dark Tower Rating: 7/10

What do you think? Let us know by making a Comment or by sending us you’re "Review” of this great track.

Death In Vegas "Aisha" (Official Music Video)

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