Wages Of Sin is an American Death Rock Band From San Francisco, CA. The sound is Dark Psychedelic Rock, GothCore, Horror Country, and Graveyard Jam . Shows have included Wages Of Sin performing with The Cramps at the Berkeley Square, Faith No More at the Vis Club in San Francisco, The Swans and Speciman at the Mabuhay Gardens, Savage Republic in San Diego, Elliot Schneider at The Stone in San Francisco and The Church at One Step Beyond in Santa Clara. Recent appearances include sharing the stage with Merl Saunders at The Haight Street Fair in 2001 and headlining at The Whisky a-Go-Go in Hollywood.  Wages of Sin continues to redefine the Death Rock genre.

Kathleen Damon


Mac Kenzie

What is Deathrock ?

A detailed account of how it started in San Francisco. Kathleen was in her band Shadow Image right before the movement was called Deathrock. Shadow Image reformed and became Wages Of Sin, who described themselves as being deathrock/gothic rock. The term "Deathrock" was just starting to be used and club owners were hesitant to book a band calling themselves Deathrock.  Death rock bands were booked together if their names sounded the same even though their sounds could be very different!







" The (Wages of Sin) show was like a Classic Horror Film Con packed into a nightclub. Vampires mixed with glam rockers. Metal heads rocked out next to Goths. A good sampling of burners and steam punks danced with abandon. A group of hipsters wandered in and soon the selfies commenced. Everyone was welcome to join in the graveyard dance. An Elvira lookalike was invited on stage to much approval."

" The mix of solid bass, stadium guitar and jazz/prog drums created a sound that was both fresh and familiar. A tasty combination of psychedelic, goth, hard rock and honky tonk. Plus a multi media stage show that was impressive for a small venue."


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“Wages of Sin is a musical mutant after my own heart. They definitely reflect the sensibilities of power pop, the abstract perspective of goth and unique approach of psychedelia. It makes for a glorious freak stew.”