David Gray and Tim Everly comprise The Vegas Nerve, and create a sinewy, gritty brand of rock. KILLJOYS ANONYMOUS is a moody affair that allows only as much sunlight as can slip through closed bedroom blinds. The songs reveal the misty silhouettes of internal human conflicts, with a puissance that can be quite disarming. Often coupled with lush, blue-tinted string passages, the guitar work of Gray and guest Demyun is suggestive of U2's The Edge, combining hard-hitting riffs with drifting echo-phrases.
The opening track clamors for soul-quietude to thrumming drums, while "A Crack In The Ice" is a catchy acoustic-tinged dirge that articulates a wish to transcend one's vices through interpersonal connections. Reminiscent of the way the Velvet Underground would build tension in a song, "In Harmony's Way" rides a slowly cresting wave that starts with a nervous lone guitar riff and washes ashore with a keyboard drone and haunting trumpet calls.