Hi! Give a brief history of Act of Sin, music style, and the members.
After a pretty long search for the right singer, Act of Sin was officially formed in early 2013 when our lead vocalist Matt Paterson joined the band. Later that year, we recorded a demo and started to play shows in our area. We focused our attention on putting on consistently tight and entertaining live shows in order to build a following and a reputation for ourselves in the local scene. Stylistically, our sound can be best be described as melodic death/thrash but there are definitely some ‘core’ elements thrown in the mix as well.
Our current lineup consists of Matt Paterson on lead vocals; Nick Gauthier and myself, Dave Readyhough on guitars; and Dylan Smith behind the drum kit. Nick also does backing vocals live and in the studio. We currently are looking for a new full-time bassist as we parted ways with our original bass player earlier this year. We have been lucky enough to have colleagues from other bands be able to fill-in with us as we search for a permanent solution so we haven’t lost much momentum as a result.
Give in more detail, some information about your latest album “Casting the Second Stone” and how well does it sells?
‘Casting the Second Stone’ is really the culmination of everything up to this point that we’ve done as a band. The songs on the album span from the first song we ever played together in ‘Breaking Point’ to ‘Werewolf’ which came together for the first time in the studio.
The album was recorded and mixed at School House Studios in Dundas, Ontario by Nick Ginn in April of 2016. We’d worked with Nick the previous summer when we recorded and released ‘Broken Wing Syndrome’ as a single – it was a great experience and made it a no-brainer to record at School House again. We then sent the album to be mastered by Troy Glessner at Spectre Studios in Renton, Washington. ‘Casting the Second Stone’ was then released in September 2016.
Honestly, we haven’t focused too much on how many copies of the album we can sell – at this point in our career we feel it’s far more important to just have people hear our album and hopefully get our name out there in people’s minds. We decided to make the album a free digital download from our website – www.ActofSin.ca so that it would be easily accessible. We do have physical CDs for sale on our website as well.
Act of Sin has not signed with the label, tell more about that? Are you totally independent band or are you just in searching process?
Right now we’re totally independent but would definitely be open to signing with a label. We really didn’t expect ‘Casting the Second Stone’ to be received as well as it has nor to receive positive feedback from all over the globe for it. As we start the process of writing a follow-up album, we’ve started to have some serious discussion about putting more effort into searching for a label to help with that future release.
What is the difference between your latest and the very first records?
‘Casting the Second Stone’ is our latest and also our first record – but we can’t wait to put out a second record so stayed tuned.
What inspires Act of Sin music and lyric writing? What does Act of Sin lyrics talk about?
Nick Gauthier and I are the primary writers musically for the band. Personally, I can’t really pinpoint any particular inspirations when I’m writing – I can go months without coming up with anything good then suddenly spew out a few dozen riffs in a week or two. With that said, I can go back and listen to our songs which I’ve written and usually pick out which of my influences I was channeling at that time.
As far as lyrics, our songs span a wide range of topics from personal loss and emotions to sports to the experience of being in a band. There’s no real theme to Act of Sin, which keeps us from being stuck in a creative box for lyrical content.
Do you play live often? Do you like abroad gigs?
Lately we have not been incredibly active as far as playing live due to our bass player situation as previously mentioned. In April, we were however given the opportunity to open for Unearth and Fit for an Autopsy in our hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. Unearth is a huge influence on every one of us and it felt incredible to share the stage with them. The show was sold out and we received an incredible amount of support from the crowd – the whole night couldn’t have gone any better for us. We’re working on planning our live schedule for this fall and hope to be more active as we give the album another push.
We have yet to play a show abroad although it is something that has come up as a future goal. We were actually contacted last fall about an offer to tour Russia later this year however it wasn’t a feasible option at the time.
How often does the band practice and work on new material?
We try our best to rehearse weekly, but unfortunately juggling the personal lives of five adults sometimes doesn’t allow that. Since the release of the album we haven’t had much downtime between shows to work on new material, practice time has been spent honing our edge for live shows.
How did the band come up with the name Act of Sin and tell what does it means for you?
The name Act of Sin came from the same process that most bands do in their formative stages – everyone throws out a bunch of names then picks whichever one seems to sound or fit best. There’s no real deep meaning to the name for us, no attempted religious connotations or anything like that. The name just sounded cool and had a good flow to it.
What does the band plan on doing in near time?
Well we’re happy that we get to welcome Nick into fatherhood this summer – his wife is due to have a baby girl in a few weeks. Obviously he’s going to be a busy man for the next couple of months, so the rest of us are going to take this time as a chance to work on some new material. I’ve written over a half dozen new songs in the past six months and Nick has a few as well. We’re going to pick a couple of those tracks to polish up and add to our live set for when we get back to the stage this fall as we start working towards the follow-up to ‘Casting the Second Stone.’
Any message to Sick and Destroy readers?
Well most importantly, thanks for taking the time to read this interview. If you haven’t heard it, you can check out ‘Casting the Second Stone’ at www.ActofSin.ca – the whole album is streaming or free to download. We’d love to hear any and all feedback on the album – you can reach us at @ActSin on Twitter or at Facebook.com/ActofSin as well. Also a big thank you to Sick and Destroy for having us and for the support. Cheers from Canada!