The EP Out of Tune was released in July, 2017 and was nominated for a 2018 San Diego Music Award. The single from the EP, Pledge of Allegiance (to theEarth),is an environmental call to arms. Download proceeds from the single will be donated to the Sierra Club.
The Sham Saints center around two singer-songwriter-guitarists Darius Degher and Michael Packard, who once played together in the “paisley underground” band Darius and the Magnets. In the years between the Magnets and the Sham Saints, both were denizens of the 1990s L.A. alt-folk scene. Darius released five solo CDs, performed at venues like CBGB and the Troubadour, and opened shows for the likes of Don McLean, Guy Clark, Lucinda Williams, and others. He also played sitar on Warren Zevon’s Bad Karma. He’s also a widely published formalist poet. Michael co-founded seminal folk-punk band Walking Wounded, who released three albums and toured extensively. He has worked with members of Los Lobos, Oingo Boingo, Social Distortion, and the Blasters, among others. His songs have appeared on several film soundtracks.
Out of Tunewas recorded on 2-inch 16-track tape and also features drummer Phil Leavitt of 7Horse and Dada; bassist Louis Ruiz of 80s band Felony; and pedal steel player Chris Lawrence, who’s played on dozens of records (Shooter Jennings, Mike Ness, Mink Deville, and many more). The result of the above is an Americana with psychedelic tendencies, lots of vocal harmonies and guitar, and a little sitar, with songwriting at the fore.
The current live line-up also includes Patrick “Turtle” McClory (bass) and Tony Sanborn (drums).