Thieves LIke us

Band Members

Rosie: Vocals\Synth

Johnny: Vocals\Guitar

JR: Drums\Percussion

Joe: Bass

“Ultravox inspired cinematic stories of missed chances on Stockholm subway platforms to jagged Devo-like pop songs about the messages we send each other. This collection of songs has one foot clearly in the underground – while also exploring how pop can intersect with art.” Indieland

BIO

Punk was the great musical reset, a re-alignment to the core idea that music and art are not supposed to have rules. Some punk bands ran towards aggression and dissonance, other bands ran toward beauty and glamour and dance - bands like Blondie, Roxy Music, Visage, New Order. Thieves Like Us, from Asheville NC, looks forward as it clearly embraces its influences - and digs into gorgeous originals about connections and missed connections.

Sending You Messages

Thieves Like Us

Thieves Like US: Colleen, Didier, Ari, Johnny.

EP: Sending You Messages:
1. Blue Tuesday
2. Messages
3. Stockholm Subway
4. Showed me the door
5. Tonight
6. I still burn

I don't know if there was a conscious decision to be s0 New Wave and Pop. I know there was plenty of conversations about where we came from, what we liked. I guess this was it.
Thieves Like US: Colleen, Didier, Ari, Johnny.

EP: Sending You Messages:
1. Blue Tuesday
2. Messages
3. Stockholm Subway
4. Showed me the door
5. Tonight
6. I still burn

I don't know if there was a conscious decision to be s0 New Wave and Pop. I know there was plenty of conversations about where we came from, what we liked. I guess this was it. music we liked the best And that was post punk pop disco. That was blondie and New Order and The cure and Duran Duran. music that is fun. Dancey. New Romantic. New Wave. That you can sing to in the shower. 3 minute love songs. without apology. It was a long standing text conversation. Colleen was singing with HArd Rocket for a show, so I connected her with didier, and our years long texts about premier league soccer and post punk music. Then the pandemic happened - so we all worked creating songs in different spaces, Sending them to each other on email. putting them together. When the pandemic slowed we tried to see what would happened as an actual band. Six months later - this EP - "Sending You Messages." "BLUE Tuesday" is about out growing someone. Colleen borrowed some Post Malone chords and I had some words for the verse. The chorus is Colleen and then didier asked for a second chorus and we made one up in a practice. Ari made it sound shimmery and blondie disco. "Messages" is a didier devo-like riff. WIth nonsense words from my notes and then a totally free-styled chorus - taking the awkward sharp chords of the verse and making an over-the-top pop chorus.. "Stockholm Subway" is our version of Ultravox's "Vienna." Colleen spent time in Stockholm, so we wrote a song about seeing someone across the subway platform. Totally cinematic. Drums inspired by Phil Collins. Didier had been showing us a riff for a while - and then one practice we dug into in and created "SHowed Me The Door." A lot of what happens in practice is didier creating a Riff and I have some words. colleen makes the melody. This was written with Ari and a railroad beat in mind. Didier wanted a bridge, so the bridge is an epic freestyle. "Tonight" is chords from Colleen and words about when I was in New York City and throwing parties in the lower eastside. The chorus is another freestyle. This is our most pop song - and the opener to our live set. "Burn" is the only song that wasn't created from scratch in practice. it's just an excuse to sing "I still Burn!" Singing "I Still Burn" sets a live show on fire. Thanks to Mystic DOme Recording studio in ASheville for recording these tracks and to Ryan SLagle for Mixing and Mastering. If you want an info about Thieves email me at 505050John@gmail.com.
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