By Theron Moore
You literally have to keep a scorecard and have access to Google when talking about the almighty L.A.   GUNS  who are legendary regarding how many musicians they’ve had (40+different band lineups) since their inception in the early 80’s.  This version of L.A. GUNS features Steve Riley and Kelly Nickels from the band’s “classic” 80’s era rounded out with returning gunner Scott Griffin and Kurt Frohlich on vox.   

For the superfan, like myself, this version of L.A. GUNS technically features more original and returning GUNS members than the Tracii Guns/Phil Lewis version currently holed away somewhere preparing yet another round of litigation to shutdown Riley and his merry band of rock N roll pirates.   Some advice to Guns & Lewis:  Take heed fellas, this is how L.A. GUNS should sound in 2020.

How good is “Renegades”?  It’s one of the better L.A. GUNS records that’s been released since the late 80’s, early 90’s.  And it’s certainly head and shoulders above the material Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns have been writing and recording together over the last few years. 
Lewis and Guns seem intent on capturing or recapturing the magic from their first three records(“L.A. GUNS”, “Cocked and Loaded”, and “Hollywood Vampires”) whereas this Riley led version have found success by allowing the band and its classic sound to mature into something much more modern sounding. 

“Renegades,”  is a record that doesn’t sound stuck in the 80’s or tied down to a paradigm dependent on the heyday of MTV.  This band isn’t capturing magic, they’re making magic and it sounds damn good.   There’s riffs, chemistry and killer songwriting that elevates their overall sound in a natural, unforced way.  

When I listen to this record I can see & hear L.A. GUNS in a relatable way. They look fresh, they sound tight, and they have my attention.  Unlike the Guns / Lewis version of this band, Riley and company aren’t smacking you over the head  with the constant reminder of “we’re from the Sunset Strip.”  This version of L.A. GUNS allows that “L.A. sound” to organically evolve as a background element throughout “Renegades”. I wholly endorse this band, their lineup and this record.  Buy it.