From Winnipeg, the geographical centre of North America, where the only colder place of its size is Ulan Bator in Mongolia, and where the inhabitants were the first in the world to create 911, comes The Noble Thiefs (yes, it's supposed to be spelled that way).
Vocalist Myron Dean, guitarist Riley Hastings, bassist Ian Lodewyks, and drummer Joel Armstrong are poised to lead the charge in resurrecting the soul-centric rock sounds of decades past with a fresh new flair, and they're converting crowds every time they take the stage. “It's a sound that everyone has a taste for,” Dean says of the band's flavour '" and it's a fact becoming clearer by the day.
Their newest endeavour, ‘It's Tough To Be The Bad Guy,' stays true to the above sentiments with a progressive, pounding, funked-out, take on rock for the real world. Coming out of the gates with the infectiously foot stompin'/hand clappin' single ‘How Can You Think Of Love (At A Time Like This?)' sends the message loud and clear '" get ready to let loose. Tracks like ‘I Died In America' ooze with retro sensibilities and blindingly catchy beats. This record is one that will inevitably get stuck in your head (and more importantly '" your ears). Engineered by Jordan Waters and produced by Nash (and yes '" I mean the musician) the record was lovingly birthed in their hometown of Winnipeg inside both the Bedside Studio and the private Pipe & Hat studio.
"We've been working on this album for two years, and now we finally have something that we're truly proud to put our name on. ‘It's Tough To Be The Bad Guy' is an accumulation of our influences, raw where it counts, refined in the sweet spots. It's our signature rock 'n' soul, a blend of romance with the rough and tumble,” says guitarist Riley Hastings
The intangible chemistry these four share stems from their widespread influences, which together produce a combustible sonic concoction that borrows from a slew of different decades and styles. “We all come from really different musical backgrounds,” Dean says, “but that's what makes us sound the way we sound, and I love that.”
On record, they're exciting. onstage, however, The Noble Thiefs are explosive, embodying the seizure inducing energy of early punk and leaving delightfully dazed and dizzy crowds in their wake. “It's all about spontaneity and having fun,” says Hastings, and that applies to both the foursome and their fans on the floor.
Stemming from the unlikeliest of areas in the Canadian Prairies, The Noble Thiefs' soul-rock revolution is at hand, and there's no point in resisting. And just like the classics (Freddy Krueger, Hannibal Lecter, The Joker…hell, even the shark from Jaws)'" sometimes it can be pretty damn fun to be the bad guy.
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