Our Last Sin - Finalists in the Metromix BreakThru Competition
New Jersey’s own Our Last Sin has come a long way since their initial formation nearly a year ago. It’s not often local up-and-comers get to play their first shows in legendary venues like Asbury Park’s Stone Pony, but Our Last Sin’s intense live performance has gained them recognition among the local music scene and now a spot in the finals of the Metromix BreakThru competition.
The band was formed by Eric Deaver and Kimmee Masi, who had played in other acts together, but reunited to form Our Last Sin with Joey Amecangelo and Cory Muller. Upon speaking with Masi, it becomes clear that the members of the band share a common goal, “to bring authentic hard rock back to listeners.” Our Last Sin has gained a reputation for the amount of energy they bring to their live performances – a type of energy that the band successfully acknowledges in their studio recordings as well. Masi admits that the band took off in great strides, but ultimately their short-term goal is to breakout and play shows outside their local music scene.
Audiences of all ages can expect to be blown away by the theatrical performance that the band consciously incorporates into their live show. This idea, Masi explains, is an element that has been missing from new music that used to be a staple of rock bands of the 1980s. In a time where most concertgoers are content with the occasional foot tap or head-bob, Our Last Sin actively entices the audience to let the intense energy of their performance move them. “We feed off our fans,” Masi states.
Our Last Sin continues to take the necessary steps to gain recognition. The band is currently working on a full album to be released within the year. Masi considers the bands songwriting process one of their strong suits: “there are no egos…anyone can bring an idea to the table.” Singer and guitarist Deaver usually brings a riff or sketch and the band tends to feed off that, adding their personalities to ultimately craft a song. As I spoke to Masi, she made it immediately apparent that no other band she has played with in the past shared the same chemistry of Our Last Sin.
Although Our Last Sin is still a fairly new band, they continue to grow their sound at an impressive rate. While they have become a staple in their community and are grateful for the fans that come out to see them, they’re ready for whats next. As finalists in the Metromix BreakThru competition, Our Last Sin has the chance to out perform the rest of the bands that they are competing against. Masi does not want to see the hard rock genre of the past die out, and she and her band mates are doing their part to revive it. The complex rhythms of Masi and Muller and immense proficiency of Deaver and Amecangelo’s guitar playing make for a breath of fresh air in a time when conventional instruments seem to be dying out.
The Metromix BreakThru Competition finals will be held on March 3rd, 2011.