Take your favorite rock genres, twist them into an intriguing mixture, and you’ll find yourself with Sinner Sinners. Very rarely the compilation can work, but here you’ll find success. Sinner Sinners have given us a new genre, maybe by accident, but I lean more towards an effect of natural skill. I had the opportunity to ask a few question about the unique mold of their music and touch on the personal lives of these clever inventors.
Shockwave Magazine: You have a grungy-punk metal sound. Can you tell me how you developed into that style?
Steve Thill: We’ve been asked many times and we were never able to answer this question properly. Since we’ve started we’ve been called goth, hardcore, metal, pop rock, garage, punk. To be honest, we’re fine with all of it. At the end of the day we’re a rock and roll band, and we try to leave it open to interpretation. Obviously, it’s 2017, there’s no being unique or original in rock music anymore. Whatever you come up with, it’s been done before, so I’ll admit the only way we developed a sound is by trying to rip our influences off and not getting it right.
“Last Drop” has a haunting vibe I love and the lyrics capture the mindset of addiction. What inspired you to write that track?
When I write a song I always start with the instrumental, the lyrics come last. So for the music, I wanted to do one of these 70’s early glam songs. It’s largely inspired by Kill City (Iggy Pop/Williamson) and all the records from the Iggy/Bowie collaboration, that’s what was intended anyway. About the lyrics, growing up in the country side of France we’ve been surrounded by drug addictions and alcoholism. There’s not much else to do, really, in a small town. This is our drinking song and paradoxically it’s about admitting our fear of addiction.
Tell me about your creative process. Who contributes what, and who in the band is a class clown?
I usually start by finding a bass or guitar riff and record it at home. Then, I start layering on top of it. Sometimes it takes me month because I don’t want anyone to hear it until everything is done. Once I’ve written a line for every instrument we’re ready to record. I’m terrible at drumming, so I don’t do that. We got Jason and Mike to drum on the record. I just gave them a general direction on what I had in mind and they both added their touch and style to the songs. Then, when all the songs were recorded, Macy came in and threw some guitar licks and solos on top of it all, which really brought the whole record one step up. As far as the class clown, I’d say Ben and I are probably in pole position, but we’re all competing for the title.
Being a couple in the rock industry does not sound easy, you and Sam [Thill] took it farther and started a band. Will you tell us about the support you provide each other? That’ll give our romance readers something to drool over; that’d be me, I’m a sucker for a good love story.
Honestly, it’s been pretty easy on us, we’ve been together for over 15 years and we’re used to being together 24/7. We pretty much only work with friends, which makes it a very sane environment. The band, the crew, we’re all very close. It’s like family really. We complement each other. I deal with the writing and I have tons of ideas all the time; a few good ones, but mostly bad ones. I’m extremely unorganized and impatient. I can’t stay focused on something more than five minutes. What was the question again? Anyway, we wouldn’t have a band and none of it would go anywhere if it weren’t for Sam. She’s the most responsible; she’s calm, very focused, and organized. She tends to be the voice of reason and she’s the one who makes everything from tours to recordings happen, period. And it’s also awesome she hasn’t yet tried to kill me for waking her up in the middle of night because I just found a guitar riff.
What is your favorite track, what does it mean to you?
Not sure if we’re talking about favorite track ever or favorite track on the record. My favorite track ever has to be Gimme Danger from Iggy and the Stooges. It’s musically super intense, powerful. I can’t put my finger on it, I just love everything about this song. It was already my favorite growing up, before I spoke a word of English.
On our record, probably be Celexa Blues, I’m just very happy with how it came out, it’s one of our very rare mid-tempo songs and it’s a blast to play live.
Is there a track you find your audience connects to the most? Why do you think they do?
Again it seems Celexa Blues is a lot of people’s favorite new track. I think it’s because it has a classic rock beat, three chords, basically it’s a blues riff with a twist. It’s very simple and straight to the point. It makes it sound familiar and makes you want to tap your foot.
Tell us about your live shows. What do you try to incorporate into them?
Live shows are really what we are all about, every song is written with the live show in mind and what the set needs. We try to bring the show literally in the crowd and make them part of the show. It would be pretty lonely if we were just stuck to the stage. The rule is: no matter how hard of a crowd is in front of us, we have to start a mosh pit or make them dance and have a good time. It doesn’t matter if we play for three or 3,000 people, we will always give everything we’ve got.
What can we expect from you next?
As many shows as we can take!
Currently, Sinner Sinners are touring Europe, but until they make their way to the USA, I’ll sate myself by envisioning what the band will offer onstage. This is not a hard task with their individuality chanting through my speakers and a short wait for their new album, dropping March 7th.