This page is the official artist page and archive for the Chapel Hill, NC string band Sinful Savages Tigers (2008-2016). Featured members included Seth M Martin, Andrew Marlin, Seth Barden, Omar Ruiz-Lopez, David Bernay, Jones Smith, Rob Guthrie, and Joshua Clell Langford. Guest musicians included Bobby Britt, Pete Lucey, Chris Roszell, and Emily Frantz.

Be sure to check out songwriter Seth Martin's new project JAMES RIVER LANTERNS and the new album Harvest Floor (2020).


Midnight Show

Sinful Savage (Tigers)

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Located somewhere between Saturday night's haze and Sunday morning's revelation, the third album from the North Carolina trio swaps out bluegrass for a gritty, foot-stomping, hand-clapping, floor-bouncing, juke-joint romp.

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Named one of the best albums of 2011 by The Independent and YES! Weekly.

Click to download Last Night of the Revels

Physical copies of Last Night of the Revels are available at these fine NC stores: CD ALLEY (Chapel Hill), BULL CITY RECORDS (Durham), OFFBEAT MUSIC (Durham) & SCHOOLKIDS RECORDS (Raleigh). Also available at Plan 9 records in Richmond, VA.

Copies also available for order through CD BABY and AMAZON.

Praise for Last Night...:
North Carolina's Sinful Savage Tigers may be writing some of the catchiest American-inspired songs one can find anywhere right now.
- A.B. Jones, No Depression

Last Night Of The Revels...can certainly be enjoyed for it’s foot-tapping, light-hearted Americana sound. But listen a little more, especially to the lyrics, and you realize this is a winter release, with plenty of noir moments and sly cynical observations.
- Shawn Underwood, Twangville

...bluegrass is only the jumping off point, or the sepia-shaded medium for richly melodic meditations on the heart's timeless conundrums.... the Tigers have arrived at a wonderfully catchy, stylistically balanced record in little time at all. 
- Chris Parker, The Independent

If you wanted to get in on the ground floor of a band like Avett Brothers, Chatham County Line or Frontier Ruckus but missed your chance it’s not too late. If you want to support a band that aspires to some of the same musical goals and some of the same lyrical aspirations of these three then here’s your chance. 
- Craig Bonnell, Songs: Illinois’d be hard-pressed to find a smarter, more clever record to come out of [the Triangle] this year. 
- Ryan Snyder, YES! Weekly

The album has one foot planted in folk tradition while the other is in sharp, modern songwriting. It flows and feels like a proper, dynamic album experience, with uptempo stompers ("Still Waiting In Line) to somber ballads ("O, Caroline") and everything in-between. There's not a boring moment to be found. 
- Triangle Music Blog

Tracks like "The Road to Mocharabuiee" display some of the finer elements of Sinful Savage Tigers, they're firing on all cylinders and it's a joyous outcome.
- Grant Golden, The Bottom String

SST hinges on Seth’s sharp and clever (and often terrifically heartbreaking and intimate) songwriting, his rough voice and their clear harmonies, and the ultimate musicianship of the players he surrounds himself — the credits of the album give the arrangements to SST as a whole, and that doesn’t surprise me at all. Seth Barden is one of the best bass players in the Triangle, and Andrew Marlin is the best mandolin player here. Their contributions, Andrew’s gorgeously sad picking on “The Road to Mocharabuiee” and Seth’s fierce bass lines on “Waitin’ In Line”, are as much an intricate part of Sinful Savage’s sound as the songwriting. 
 - Agatha Donkar, Brand New Kind Of

All of this adds up to a sound that I would call modern stringband. All of the songs have a swing to them. The End of the Horse Drawn Zeppelin is a song that takes the phasing out of an old technology as a metaphor for the end of a relationship. There is a recognition of the need to move on, but also a powerful sense that something of value has been lost. The song is a fine example of the band’s ability to powerfully evoke emotion through indirection, with a strong performance to back it up. 
- Darius Ripps, Oliver di Place