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Sinners and Saints / Press

“With Love & Misery, Sinners & Saints singer/guitarist Perry Fowler and bassist/multi-instrumentalist Mark Baran craft an album so rollicking, tuneful and affable that it's easy to forget just how serious they are. With sonic signifiers like the good-timey chug of The Faces' "Ooh La La" and the acoustic blues swing of John Mayall, Love & Misery is a stealth album, wrapping heartsick-yet-hopeful concerns in the elastic snap of rootsy arrangements and in songwriter Fowler's good humor. The LP could well be a bookend to the Louvin Brothers' Tragic Songs of Life, with Fowler's and Baran's close-yet-distinct harmonies echoing the Louvins', coupling soaring sweetness with the twist of a pocket knife. Yet Sinners & Saints' gorgeously lovelorn songs of loss, transience and transcendence gladly embrace heartbreak as the price of being human.”

“Sinners and Saints' debut album Love and Misery is a little slice of Americana heaven. Sounding like the Avett Brothers in their heyday, Sinners and Saints embody what the genre should be... Clearly, the musicianship on this record is exemplary. The bass is played expertly and adds a driving force to the music and the banjo parts are complex, but not so excessive that they sound stereotypically like bluegrass music. Perhaps the most wonderful aspect about the musicianship on this album, though, is the harmonies that are featured on every track... All in all, Love and Misery by Sinners and Saints is probably the best folk rock release that I've heard this year. The music is expertly performed; the lyrics are interesting, and its upbeat and a lot of fun. I would highly recommend this record.”

“I can’t claim to know the most about the folk music scene, but the duo of Perry Fowler and Mark Baran were definitely a solid introduction. They were entertainers all around. Beyond playing at least three instruments apiece they created a sonic structure built on “whiskey drinking, shit kicking, sweet lovin’ music.” I haven’t quite found the words to describe folk music yet, but as far as Sinners & Saints their approach felt like everyman music. It’s southern rooted, heard through the chirping soliloquy of harmonica, melodic moaning of a fiddle, the low thump of rubber band bass strings and the hum of a guitar. Cymbals and a bass drum made for a more full bodied sound in their arrangement with the strings. Their sound was dynamic and Fowler possessed great stage presence, providing off the cuff commentary throughout their set. As though a conductor, candor his baton, Fowler would send the crowd into fits of laughter giving way to bouncing shoulders and capped beverages.”

“Sinners and Saints is a card-carrying member of the Queen City’s Milkjug Records, a roster chock-full of jamtastic alt-country groups. The trio is led by singer-songwriter Perry Fowler, whose vocals have just the faintest hint of a more controlled, bluegrass-tinged Daniel Johnston. The trio’s foot-stomping and picking bounces into Avetts territory with one of its latest tracks, “I Don’t Want to Work.” It’s a sweet and catchy love song about staying in bed all day with the object of said affection. The tambourine, strings and harmonies seal the deal, concocting an indie-country sound ripe for crunchy WNCW fans.”

"The group delivers countrified tales of love with twangy harmonies and rootsy instrumentation - harmonica, fiddle, etc... “Stupid Little Songs” is deeply Southern, but contemporary... The harmonies and instrumentation recall early Avett Brothers. “Stupid Little Songs” is marked by the same raw, rugged feel and harmonies that blend well without the singers’ voices all mashing together. You can hear the highs, the lows, and the in-betweens."