Wicked SaintsBlues / Rock / R&B
Up here from L.A.! Wicked Saints is an acoustic folk-rock/americana band with a cool range of songs that lets all the influences in. From a swampy Louisiana groove to reggae styled pop/blues, a driving beat, or sweet and heartfelt.
Singer/songwriter Paul McCarty sings lead, and plays guitar and harmonica. He was raised in a musical family in the musical city of New Orleans, and was a music composition major in college with a background in indie film scoring. Although folk-influenced, his songs seek stranger directions melodically, harmonically and lyrically, sometimes drawing upon his childhood influences like Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot and Led Zeppelin, and sometimes resorting to some college-knowledge.
Bobby Thomas was originally a loaner from the band, The Heatseekers and plays piano and accordion. Bobby and Paul played a Genghis Cohen show together and Paul decided he must become a Wicked Saint. Wicked Saints’ legal team, scoured the loan contract and found a loophole which allowed them to keep Bobby forever, at no additional cost. It was worth it.
Bobby loves to lay low, but he’s not hiding. He’s lurking in the shadows of his fedora hat, waiting for the perfect moment to ambush you with an accordion swell.
Drummer John Gannon has an impressive dynamic presence. He gives the band a real range of character, from a cool groove with a light touch, a train-beat, or a strong Bonhamesque beat. But hand him a guitar and he’ll tell you a story of his own. Honed from years of campfire singing, John brings a great energy to the microphone and holds your attention. John’s narratives might leave you laughing or bring a tear to a glass eye.
We’ve recorded our debut album at Milestone Recording in Los Angeles, produced by Annie Miles and at Wilmac Studio in Altadena, produced by Paul McCarty and David Williams.