BUSAN, South Korea — The band is comprised of four members: Shane "Sly" Sylvestre, a Naval Communicator who plays guitar and handles most of the lead vocal duties; Brant Dame, a Hull Technician on the ship, plays lead guitar and does some vocal work; Diffey, a Maritime Engineer who plays bass guitar and vocals; and Brad Robinson, also a Naval Communicator, on drums and vocals.
The band began playing together just two short months ago. In that time, however, Good Night Vegashas built up a repertoire of close to fifty original and cover songs. The group found success very early on, as they were booked for a high-profile show after just two performances.
"Our Commanding Officer, Cdr. Jon Allsopp, happened to see one of our early shows in Darwin, Australia, and immediately contacted the Defense Attache in Singapore to investigate the possibility of Good Night Vegas playing there", says Robinson.
"A few rapid-fire emails and calls back and forth, and we were booked to play the Hard Rock Café in Singapore!"
Robinson says the experience of headlining two nights at the Hard Rock Café were the highlight of his musical career so far.
"The first night in particular was an amazing experience. A lot of the ship's company, as well as a continent from the Canadian High Commission in Singapore, came to see the show, and they were incredibly supportive", says Robinson.
"It was a great Canadian party atmosphere, thanks to everyone who came out to see our show!"
For a working band made up of four sailors, life on board a Canadian Warship means a great deal of consideration has to go into how and when the band practices. Robinson says the band must schedule its practice times whenever all four members are not on-watch, and that noise is also a real consideration.
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"We have to make sure we keep the volume of the amplifiers and drums quite low, since the ship's watch rotation is 24 hours a day. We need to ensure we're not keeping anyone from getting sleep!"
Robinson says the band's popularity back home in Canada has skyrocketed, despite the ship being away on WESTPLOY, a multi-national deployment scheduled to end later in the year. He says the band's own page on Facebook, as well as "The Showgirls", a Facebook page dedicated to fans of the band, have both seen a large amount of activity and in the past few weeks.
"It's incredible to see this kind of fan support back home – even before we play our first show there!", laughs Robinson.
Robinson says the band plays primarily modern rock with a few classic rock songs thrown in. He says the upcoming show at the Vinyl Underground will see something of a shift in the band's direction and sound.
"We are gearing up for a much more club-oriented show. We've been putting in some long hours re-tooling our sets, and we're very excited about how our new show is shaping up."
Good Night Vegas will be playing with One Drop East at Vinyl Underground in Kyungsung on Saturday, August 20th. Doors open at 9. There is no cover charge for the show. You can get more details on the show here.