Who? The Sterns are Chris Stern (vocals/guitar), Alex Stern (guitar/vocals), Emeen Zarookian (bass/vocals), Michael Sixx (keys), and Andrew Sadoway (drums). Members attended separate high schools in Massachusetts and Rhode Island before combining forces to become a Boston-based quintet.
What’s the Deal? Jangly pop guitar riffs and catchy throwback English-rock vocals fill their sophomore album, Sinners Stick Together (Omnirox Entertainment), but that doesn’t mean the Sterns shy away from substance. “All Saints” exudes an anti-war sentiment and the still-whistling-it-hours-after-first-listen “Supreme Girl” is an imagined tongue-in-cheek rendezvous between Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers and George W. Bush.
Fun Fact: When in Chicago, the Sterns frequent the Melrose restaurant for some late-night dining. Alex recommends the sweet and sour cabbage soup or, if that sounds sinful, the surefire eggs benedict. EMILY YOUSSEF
Now Hear This: The Sterns – “Supreme Girl” DOWNLOAD MP3
Now Watch This: The Sterns – “Buffer Zone”
On the Web: The Sterns at myspace.com
Talk: Will you stick with Sinners?