Thief’s Music Is Definitely Suited For Haunted Ballrooms and Electric Churches REVIEW+PHOTOS: THIEF @ RESIDENT 1/17/18
LOS ANGELES, CA- Thief is an indie electronic band based out Los Angeles. On their Bandcamp page, they describe their sound as “night music for haunted ballrooms and electric churches”. That description couldn’t be any more appropriate
I loved the odd grandeur of their sound. While the lead vocals generally stayed comfortably within the baritone register, it was accompanied by sampled choral voices which swirled and crescendoed throughout the glitchy electronic elements, giving the music a real sense of warmth and breadth. It’s hard for me to describe their music … maybe something like a mix between Radiohead and Enigma?
As they performed their set opening for Glaare, the mystery and haunting facets of their music was emphasized by the plumes of smoke that billowed from the fog machines upstage. When they addressed the crowd, they did it through a computer program that generated an electronic Alexa-like male voice, adding a peculiarly eerie wall of anonymity that suited the musical illusion that they were creating with their 30-45 minute set.
I literarily sat in front of my computer for a good 20 minutes trying go deeper with describing their sound, but honestly, I think they did it best, so I’ll just stick to how the fellas describe their own music: “night music for haunted ballrooms and electric churches.” Yeah … that pretty much hits the nail on the head.
Derrick K. Lee is a music attorney, blogger, concert photographer and co-owner of Blurred Culture. He goes to a lot of shows and sometimes he writes good. Music is his boo.
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