Beloved local rock band Billie Vegas have released their debut CD of all original material “One Hit Wonder.” They hope the lead single and video “Ride” will help make them more than that. “
We’d like to play outside of Lethbridge with this CD,” said lead singer Shawna Romolliwa. Billie Vegas includes Ryan “ The Doc ” Dyck on drums, Ray Banman on bass and Sheldon Arvay on guitar. They recorded the CD in guitarist Sheldon Arvay’s Hothouse Studios and officially released the CD with a show at Backstreet South at Streetwheelers, July 12.
“Sheldon is putting out the feelers for radio airplay for ‘Ride.’ He’s really great with that sort of thing. So hopefully we’ll get some bites on that,” Romolliwa said.
The CD is a lot heavier than one would think, considering they are best known as a Top 40 cover band who cover an array of songs, though their original music is reminiscent of No Doubt crossed with Canadian classic rock along the lines of Toronto and the Headpins. A lot of the lyrics have to do with heartbreak.
“I’ve been writing songs since I was 14. But for this CD, we wrote the lyrics in the studio. I didn’t have to go home and think about them. Angry heartbreak lyrics just came out,” Romolliwa said.
“We tried writing a ballad, but it was dreadful,” she said.
“ We’re not really a love ballad band,” added bassist Ray Banman, who joined Billie Vegas two years ago around the same time Romolliwa did.
Billie Vegas have been playing around Lethbridge for the past nine years with different lineups.
“When Sheldon was talking about doing original music, I was really interested in that,” Romolliwa said. She also sings with local R and B orchestra Hippodrome and Bandemonium, though both of those bands aren’t as busy lately.
Ray Banman, who plays in several different bands ranging from pop to country rock bands, enjoys Billie Vegas’ heavier sound. He played in punk and metal bands when he was younger.