IT takes some balls to be in a hair-metal band nowadays. The Darkness briefly flirted with the musical genre in 2004, but since then sales in Spandex and Elnett has plummeted.

Until now that is. Local boys Saints of Sin are taking live venues by storm with their flamboyant shows, big hair and unadulterated hard rock.

Their sound is made up of anthemic choruses, vocal harmonies and powerful guitar riffs. Think Motley Crue, Bon Jovi and Guns N Roses, but with a modern twist.

While not the most fashionable of musical genres, Saints of Sin are bucking the trend with their retro concept.

Their track Burn The Clubs Down neatly showcases what the band is about and you could easily imagine it being taken from the soundtrack of an 80’s action movie.


Formed in 2013, Saints Of Sin play their own original music with a smattering of well-chosen hair-metal covers.

“Our parents brought us up on this sort of music and it’s rubbed off. You’d be surprised at how many local young bands are taking influence from older rock bands. Not necessarily 80s hair metal though,” admits lead guitarist, Marcus ‘Sparxx’ Jenkins.

It’s not just about the music with Saints Of Sin, as these boys are fully committed to the image and attitude. Resplendent in eye-wateringly snug Lycra and bandanas, Saints of Sins are something to behold on stage.

“We haven’t had a bad reaction to us yet. People respond to our live show. We’ve got the onstage banter and we often get audience members to participate, whether that be downing a pint from our beer bong or just singing along.

“A lot of bands skip over the showmanship element or don’t throw themselves into it in the same way we do. If you’re a musician on stage and you’re miserable, you’ve got to question what you’re doing up there,” says Marcus.

The band released the ambitious EP Seven Deadly Sins in April. The tracks are all original and have been well-received from the growing fan base.

“Sales have gone well for the EP. We completely engineered, mixed and produced it ourselves. We also did the artwork, so it allowed us to cut costs and make a small profit. You also get seven tracks, so people have been snatching them off us at gigs.”

Playing live has been an important factor in the success of Saints of Sin with more converts added after every gig.

“It’s a spider web scenario for us. Every show we play, leads to offers of three more and that’s how we keep busy. We get people after the gig saying “We don’t usually like your genre of music, but I absolutely loved you guys.”

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