By Angelina Singer, Rock At Night Boston
Review: Luke Stamenkovich’s single “Atomic Playboys” – Release date March 20, 2023
This post-apocalyptic jaunt is full of creative imagery and slick guitar licks straight out of the 80s — which makes sense, since this song is a cover of “Atomic Playboys” by Steve Stevens from 1989. Newer onto the scene is Aussie musician Luke Stamenkovich, who recently teamed up with Guns N’ Roses Alum Todd Kerns for this cover of “Atomic Playboys”.
While I think this rendition absolutely does the song justice with its accuracy in tone and style, I would’ve enjoyed seeing this newer artist take some more liberties to make it his own. Depending on the artist’s goals with this piece, I’d still say it’s a slam-dunk A+ given the smooth production and expertly-layered intricate guitar licks and vocal harmonies that kept the song true to the era it was originally released in. I also enjoyed the contrasting chilled-out, almost bossa nova feeling of the breakdown, which slams heavily into the face-melting full-throttle guitar solo moments later. Overall, a wonderful introduction into hard rock music for anyone newer to the genre, and a solid triumph for a newer artist joining forces with one of the greats.
Luke Stamenkovich is a Perth born guitarist and composer whose formidable talents have taken him all the way to Hollywood.From Perth’s Optus Stadium to California’s iconic Viper Room stage, Stamenkovich has worked both live and in studio at some of the world’s greatest venues.Luke has won a prestigious WAM Award, taking home the 2022 bronze prize for best instrumental song.His debut instrumental EP Chasing Dreams features an impressive roster of top Los Angeles session musicians known for their work with artists such as Gwen Stefani, Pink, Shania Twain and more.To celebrate the 2021 EP release, the talented lead guitarist headlined a mammoth two hour show at The Milk Bar with an all-star local line up of special guests.Currently, Luke continues to work full time as a session and touring musician