Today, LA-by-way-of-France rock n’ roll couple Sinner Sinners is teaming up with LA Music Blog to premiere the brand new music video for their single “No Hard Feelings”!
We spoke with one half of the French duo, Steve Thill, who had plenty to say about the band’s Stateside transition from France, working every day with his wife, and the upcoming release of the band’s album XI, out this Monday, April 21st, via Cadavra Records.
Check out the premiere of “No Hard Feelings” below!
Tell me about starting in Paris, meeting Sam, and making your way over to Los Angeles. What made you choose LA, and how have you found the local scene to be in regards to fitting in with Sinner Sinners?
Steve: We actually started out in a small country town about four hours south of Paris called Clermont-Ferrand, and we met in an even smaller town outside of Clermont Ferrand in high school. Moving to Los Angeles wasn’t easy, but we had been here a few times to tour and record and had good friends here. Honestly it was mostly the weather that brought us here.
How is it being in a band with your wife? How does it affect the writing process and your business as a band?
It’s actually pretty awesome as we’re really on the same page. Lots easier for all on the business side as well as the writing as we don’t have to set up meetings to get shit done. Our working schedule on the band is pretty much 24/7.
The video for “No Hard Feelings” really gives the viewer insight into the band’s dynamic. Tell us about the concept for the video.
Thank you. We shot this video last time we were in France, and the idea behind it was to have fun with the French clichés. It’s all exaggerated in this video, of course. It was made by our good friends at Riot House production and shot in the worst possible conditions by Damien Bour, who used to play bass with us, and Alexis Magand, who made our very first video for Cadavra.
What makes Sinner Sinners stand out amongst other bands in the LA scene in terms of musicality?
I think it’s mostly a background thing. We grew up listening to what was available, so we ended up having mixtapes of The Doors, The Rolling Stones, The Cure, The Damned, Minor Threat, Refused…all back to back.
Rock ‘n roll is really not a part of French culture. We have tons of great punk, metal, and rock ‘n roll bands, but they’re definitely not part of the mainstream; they don’t get airplay and they rarely get major releases. The big difference there is that we don’t have scenes. Let’s say you’re going to see a metal show in Paris. You’ll recognize most of the crowd because you saw them at a folk show a week ago in another town and had beers with most of them. The “rock” crowd is not big at all. Almost everyone knows each other, and everyone is in a band as well. It’s kind of stupid to say, but it’s like a big family.
When we moved to LA, the big difference is that here, there are a billion rock bands and they’re not fucking around. Most of them are very good. Everyone’s Grandma knows who Dave Grohl and Glenn Danzig are, and you hear bands we considered “super obscure” on radio. You really have to step up your game when you’re playing in front of guys that saw The Ramones five times, did coke with Jim Morrison, and punched Axl Rose in the face back in 1988.
It’s not just you and Sam in the band. You have an entire arsenal of musicians performing with you.
Only the bestest! First we met Jason, our drummer. He came to see us play at a party on an LA rooftop. The Lords of Altamont were backing us for that show. We had a drink, did a small audition where he blew our minds, and he was in. Jason brought in Macy on guitar. He’s a guitar teacher, so he knows a lot of shit we don’t. Macy then brought Tucker in on bass, who I’m pretty sure has an unlimited amount of energy with no off switch. The most important is that none of us come from the same musical background.
You recorded at Glory Hole Studios in Hollywood with Nic Jodoin. How was that? We also heard a story that you were recording at the exact same time as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, actually switching in and out of rooms for studio time. Tell us about that experience.
Nic is awesome. He’s one of these old-school guys. He worked on some pretty amazing records and really knows what he’s doing. He’s from Quebec, and we have the same kind of story that brought us to LA. People from Quebec kind of speak French, which makes it a lot easier when it comes time to yell at each other. Yeah, BRMC was recording during the day, and we would come in as the night shift, record, and talk shit all night.
What else can we expect in the near future from Sinner Sinners?
XI is coming out on Monday. We had a blast writing it and recording it. We really hope it’ll be unexpected as it’s the most illogical following to our previous and following album. As usual, when we release a new record, we start writing the next one (we already started), and hopefully we’ll come play in a town near you soon.
For more on Sinner Sinners, check out their website.