THIEVES: Thieves EP
By John Paul Carroll
Despite their name suggesting an inclination to the dark underbelly of crime present in Auckland, Thieves would prefer you bought this EP, rather than thieving it. If you like the sound of Brit pop production ethic mixed with the Dunedin sound, with shavings of Grey Lynn-isms, my advice is to get hold of this. It is a polished blend of musical heritage, with the straight ahead driving of the likes of Interpol in their pomp but without the severe emotional edge, kind of like the Kaiser Chiefs knocking back the first ale in the Speights Tavern. Itís really very post punk, with elements of Joy Division monotone but with more traditional pop riffs operating the engine room, as it were. There are some interesting flashes of brooding production, with reverberating swells of guitar noise giving way to the well developed songs at the heart of it all. If youíre after the attitude of Oasis or Kasabian, keep looking. If youíre interested in hearing something a little more introspective without the U2-esque pretension, try some Thievery.