After spending the last several years living, performing and thriving in the greater Los Angeles, CA area, punk-influenced French-American rock band SINNER SINNERS – founded by husband and wife duo Sam and Steve Thill – have incontrovertibly found their groove. After marching their way onto the national scene in 2014 with the release of their raucous, aggressive Nic Jodoin-produced (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) second full-length, XI, SINNER SINNERS return in 2017 with Optimism Disorder – an auditory Molotov cocktail exploding with the intensity of early ’80s hardcore fused with an incendiary ’70s goth punk ethos.
Further exploring the remote reaches of their experimental skillset, Optimism Disorder is set lyrically in front of a sunny backdrop of societal hypocrisy. The 11-track album grabs you by the neck with the swinging new track, “California”.
We were lucky enough to be able to interview Steve with Sinner, Sinners. Please check out the interview below. And check out their music. Head over to their website at www.sinnersinners.com to find all their news, merch, and links to their social media sites. Let’s show them some love.
1. Where did the name Sinner Sinners come from?
When we started out we had a song called Sinner Sinners, it’s kind of a tribute to Damned Damned Damned which is one of our favorite records. It also worked with our initials Sam and Steve. And more obviously since we don’t believe in any divinities and a lot of our songs are about this, it most likely makes us sinners to religious people.
2. I read that you both met in junior high. Were you both already into music at that point?
We were 15 years old and we were already going to lots of shows and spending a lot of time at the local record store, butI was just starting to learn guitar, it came a lot later.
3. What was it that made you decide music is the path that you wanted to follow in life?
The city we were living in when we started out was somewhat of a big hub for music, we were going to a lot of shows and somehow all of our friends and everyone we knew were in bands . In a small town of the french country side there’s really not much to do but play music, so it came naturally and it kept us out of trouble.
4. If you weren’t in the music business, what career path would you have followed?
Honestly that’s not something we ever thought about, we never really had a plan B, if we didn’t have a band we’d probably be working in a venue or something related to music anyway.
5. When it come to writing music, it is a continuous process, or do you set aside time to write new material?
It’s a pretty long and lonely process. I write all the songs, so I usually start by a guitar or bass riff, demo stuff at home and tweak it for months. It takes me a while to write all the parts because I try as much as possible to harmonize everything, both guitars, the bass, the keys and the vocal melody…coming back to the same song sometime 50 times, some of these songs took me years to complete and I dumped well over 40 songs ideas in the process.
6. How would you describe the new album “Optimism Disorder” to people?
It’s a mix of all the kinds of music we are into, it’s influenced by 60s garage rock, early glam, psychedelia, soul, hardcore, early punk rock…It was written and recorded during a very hard time in our lives, writing and recording worked as an escape and kind of a therapy for us and even though it sounds very dark, it was made with a lot of love.
To put it in situation, let’s say you’re having a party, it’s the end of the night, you want everyone to leave but you don’t own Pornography by the Cure, put on Optimism Disorder, problem solved. Also, we guarantee it will ruin your day in just 30mn.
7. I saw you are heading to Europe to tour in a couple weeks. Do you have any plans for a tour in the U.S.?
Absolutely we are trying everything we can to tour the U.S. We really want to be able to stop in every state, we’re crossing all the fingers we have and hope we can make it happen this year.
8. How do you go about choosing the musicians that you play with? Do you use the same ones each time?
Usually it’s because we’re friends or friends of friends. We try as much as we can to bring in people from different musical background together, if we’re gonna play some punk rock, we want to be sure that no one in the band comes from a punk rock background, if that makes sense.
The format of the band can be confusing because Sinner Sinners is actually two separate entities.
First there is the recordings, it starts with us two as a duo. We record all the guitars, bass, vocals, keys by ourselves and then we bring in friends to feature on the record, different drummers, guitarists, etc…
The other is the live band, which is what matters the most to us. There, we do try to have a constant line up but we did have different band members over the years mostly because we’ve relocated to Los Angeles and because being in a band is very time consuming and costly. Since we all have day jobs, sometimes the band schedule doesn’t work for everyone. Luckily, due to this band format there’s always been an understanding that if someone wants out, the band will keep going and even though it’s always sad to see someone go It’s always been pretty drama free, all of our past band members have all invested a lot of time in this band and it means a lot to us, and the most important is that we’re still all good friends.
9. Please tell us where we can pick up the new album, and can it be pre-ordered?
It will be available on all the digital stores you can think of, itunes, google play, amazon… and available on limited edition colored vinyl via Last Hurrah records here: