From Durban South Africa, The Sinners have proclaimed themselves Durban’s finest Rock and Rollers. Members Dave Campbell (Vocals), Jason Eedes (Drums), Malcolm Silver (Bass) and Steff van Emmenis (Guitar, Vocals) have been described as Sleaze Rock and they thought this was the best description of their genre.
The debut album titled “Tales of Youth and Revenge” has been released as a free download on BANDCAMP and selected tracks are available for streaming on SOUNDCLOUD. Nice and sleazy with a hardcore edge, we need more bands like this to surface and rock our asses off. The Sinners do just that. In your face guitars and drums, with the raw, rough-hide vocals tearing your skin right off.
The songs The Sinners have put together are impressive, untamed, dirty, and fun – this is no surprise since the lineup consists of four surefooted musicians. If you’re looking for pure Rock n Roll with attitude – these guys have it – and this is the album for you. The album is amazing full of energy, hard riffs and awesome lyrics.
In between you’ll find a couple of acoustic tracks so you can catch your breath. This is one of the few bands left that stand for good old rock n’ roll, and this album shows the world that rock is on its way back to the top.
Kicking off with the adrenaline rush of “Hillbilly Hole”, Jason Eedes and Malcolm Silver are among the most relentless rhythm sections heard in years, and deliver a succession of slamming grooves to really ignite this album. Steff van Emmenis has his guitars amped up to eleven, and the resulting sound is huge and anthemic, but always lowdown and dirty.
There’s something both new and familiar about their sound; influences definitely worn on their sleeves but a great modern edge too. These guys have written a very mature sounding album, full of great hooks, melodies and a monster wall of guitars.
The evidence is on “Looking For A Hooker”, “Yesterday’s History”, “Shake Shake” and “Weekend Song”. Production-wise, it’s nice and straightforward; you get drums, bass, guitars and vocals – and lots of them. Great mix, very direct and sounds like something that could be really great live.
The Sinners can also slow it down and get swampy. Something they display on “Working Man”, “Sixteen Tons” and “Remember My Name”.
This album just catches you by the ear and doesn’t let go until it has made it a twisted, circle of goo. It’s hard to point out one song on this album or one facet of this band that outshines another, simply because they’re such a tight working unit.
However, two things that I especially enjoy are the whiskey-stained vocals that really stress the passion that is put into the music and the drumming which is all-round superb. It seems that today, bands are being made by a factory and sent straight to Radio and TV. Who cares if they suck, teens just need to think the band is hot.
That is not the case with The Sinners. They actually stand for something, and that is to rock like no other!