Sneaky Thieves are a Seattle-based band that formed in 2003, comprised of two loving sets of brothers and a good friend; Robert Bale (bass/samples), Freddy Bale (vocals/acoustic guitar/keys), Darby McDevitt (electric guitar/keys), Brendan McDevitt (drums) and Bryant Moore (electric guitar/keys). Live, they juxtapose many sounds, flashing from abrasive and clashing, to mellow and heartfelt. Influenced by many of life's pretty things, they construct music incidentally and without undue stress. Their debut release, accident(s), was recorded after a car wreck settlement came many years too late to do any real good. So, a small, tidy amount of money was set aside and used to create an album with local producer Jeramy Koepping (founding member of Voyager One, producer for Asahi, Jen Wood, Kinski) in the lovely Park Place Studio. Many hours were spent and the end result was something unsettling, moody, and strange. This record is the essence of those sad, peculiar moments of a life disjointed. The tracks on accident(s) are based on recurring themes that appear very often in dreams and nightmares. Many refer to struggles with substance abuse, addiction, and vague recollections of difficult histories. Ultimately, this album is a musical response to the constant loose ends of life - trying to sonically replicate the "bellyache" in the middle of the night. Praise for accident(s): "A thoughtful and minimalist epic indie charmer..." - Treblezine "Think of the feeling you get when alone and awake late at night you start to ponder the inevitability of your own death and your helplessness to stop it. The fear. The chill. Moments on this album capture that feeling perfectly, especially with headphones. In fact, the Sneaky Thieves are extremely gifted at capturing and even more so at creating moods and emotion." - Spacelab. RIYL: Nick Cave, Will Oldham, Bedhead, Talk Talk. "Thumbs up" - CMJ New Music Monthly. "Great Depression" - Mish Mash. "The mood parameters of accident(s) are so strict that the listener has little choice but to dig in with singer Freddy Bale and his friends as they carve out their little trenches of despair" - Silent Uproar. "To say the bold & complex lyrical content is a hugely sinister & cinematic experience would be a huge understatement. Fans of Radiohead take note, this is surely one of the records of the year, just turn off the lights and enjoy..." - 75 or Less. "Sneaky Thieves slide from a Jeremy Enigk melancholy to a Jeff Buckley grace, sometimes with a Sparklehorse inventiveness, and still manage to keep a grasp on a consistent theme through to the end." - The Big Takeover.
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