I’m No Thief – I’m No Thief EP
Posted on November 12, 2011 by 10percent
A belated review on one of Sydney’s freshest talents.
So, I’ve had I’m No Thief’s debut EP sitting in my hot little hands for the last couple of weeks now and unfortunately, due to a sheer retardation in my genetic make up and a lifestyle that makes Phil Anselmo’s pale in comparison (not really), it’s only hitting our page now – right in time for their EP launch at SFX tonight.
I never review groups that I don’t like, so as it is I always find it hard to not head off on some metaphorical wank journey. That being said, I’m going to try and keep the over lovey dovey rubbish at bay for a while and let their music do the talking – I’m slowly learning that embellishment on something that can speak for itself never does anything justice.
I’ve had the pleasure of knowning I’m No Thief for a while now, through their various name changes, artistic make-up, new faces, puberty and yo-yo-ing drug habits as well as a constant yearning to see these guys succeed. The past however many years have seen these fellows take to music like a fiend to a needle, their talent and steeze both as humans and musicians reaching entirely new levels. It’s been a really interesting and rewarding experience to see these guys evolve, and to finally have their EP release? Yeah, I’m pretty fuckin’ stoked. Even if it has taken me this long to write about it.
It’s always hard to try and specify the certain ‘sound’ of a band, their fans and press never do them justice or get it right, and the musicians themselves always seem to head in the complete opposite direction. Their bio explains them as an ‘alternative rock band’ and that’s as far as I read without wanting to pollute my own take on their business. That being said, I’ll do my best to give you an idea. With influences varying from melodic death metal to your regular radio jockying, their music is a mixture of elation and dark brooding with lyrics with such personable qualities as to incite sing-a-longs from even the most hardened emotional veterans especially with songs such as ‘The End’ and ‘When You Say’. Their sound is a blend of heavy influences with an undertone of carefree innocence and complex layering as can be seen blatantly on ‘Our Last Night’. All of this, coupled with James Kitto’s vocals, are set to romance your heart (or your pants) for the entirety of their songs and then some.
All in all I must admit that I’m not a staunch supporter of the Sydney ‘alternative rock’ scene, but I think it’s been blown a breath of fresh air with the presence of I’m No Thief.
With all of the above being said it’s always a safe bet to say that the listener has the last word, so check out the sample below and come on down to SFX tonight (St James Hotel, 114 Castlereagh St Sydney) from 9, grab a brew and have an ‘epic motherfucker of a night’.