Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 | 8:58 a.m.
Las Vegas music fans got an early taste of holiday gingerbread last night. New local supergroup The Gingerbread Boys, that is.
The band—whose lineup comprises Bryan Todd (Red Eye Radio, The Novelty Act), Ryan Pardey (Halloween Town), Mike Weller (Hungry Cloud, A Crowd of Small Adventures) and brothers Blair and Ian Dewane (Rusty Maples, The Skooners)—made its unadvertised debut Saturday night at the Royal House, playing two songs at the conclusion of Weller’s Hungry Cloud set.
Weller took lead vocals on the first, Hungry Cloud's "They Ate a Lot of Meat" (chorus: “We’re comin’ up to progress/Simplified for simple times/Erase yourself/Erase yourself”), and Todd sang the second, The Novelty Act’s “Ponytail Tony.”
Todd joked about the group calling itself “Musky Moonshine,” a play off (almost all-female) local outfit Dusty Sunshine, which performed later in the night. Blair Dewane cracked about the Boys’ having “too many chiefs, not enough Indians; too many chefs, not enough cooks.” But mostly, the new band—which has been practicing for the past week in an upstairs space at the Royal— just rocked out, testosterone flying as Todd, Pardey, Weller and Blair Dewane stood in a row playing guitars with Ian Dewane on drums behind them.
The Gingerbread Boys are scheduled to play their first full set this Wednesday (December 21) at the Griffin, followed by Christmas night and New Year’s Eve shows back at the Royal.