Characters, Pomona, CA
September 26, 2009
Since when did the French know how to play punk like that?
The dark punk duo of Sam and Steve Thill really did justice to the underground during their US tour this summer, making a pit stop in P-Town on a Saturday night. They were accompanied by their touring band, which included non-French drummer, Marky from the Morlocks, a bassist who they just call Ed, and this super sexy guitarist named Mike Zebra.
I decided to take Spanish in high school instead of French, so I epically failed at understanding Steve’s Parisian banter between songs. Whatever he said, his deep Bela Lugosi voice made it sounded polite and charming. The first chord they played (and every one following) grabbed me. I was only distracted when Mike broke a string on his guitar during the penultimate song of the set. I really want to say he broke the G string since it would have made for an excellent joke, but I cannot be sure.
Labeled on their MySpace as “Horror Punk,” Sinner Sinners have never made Dracula sound so good. They rocked it with high energy like the hardcore True Blood fans rushing to their couches on a Sunday night.
Vampire jokes aside, Sinner Sinners helped me channel my lost inner Misfits. Their dark subject matter yet radio-friendly material and sleek look really made the whole package. Since they will be on the other side of the Atlantic for a while, check out their new single and video “Cadavra” on MySpace. (http://www.myspace.com/sinnersinners).