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Tour Diary: Thieves – “Rookies of the Year Tour”

By: Nathan Helton –

Thieves Tour Diary 2017

Born out of Austin TX, Thieves is an aggressive pop punk band made up of four members whose love for energetic music and convictions for a hard work ethic brought them together. Using powerful riffs and atmospheric guitar leads, the Texan natives deliver a uniquely refreshing twist to the pop punk scene. They parallel this with reflective lyrics in hopes that their experiences and stories will encourage listeners to strive for better -an ideology thoroughly embraced by the band’s members.

Formed in 2009, the band played locally under a four-song demo for the first few years to develop their sound. By 2011, they had created enough local buzz to release their first LP titled Just Give it Up. Well received by their community, it landed them a spot on a national tour supporting the bands With The Punches and Carridale, which was followed by an invite to play “Fun Fun Fun Fest.” Soon after, both fans and critics alike became enthralled by the band’s impressively vigorous stage presence and energetic shows.

Prompted by the local success of their LP,  they released their first EP titled Achiever. The EP was met with great praise due to it’s musical complexity and instrumental makeup; using thrashy guitar riffs with tempo changes and jazz elements.

By mid summer, they had promoted themselves hard enough to win Ernie Ball’s Battle of the Bands competition and played the San Antonio date on the “Vans Warped Tour.”

The band’s self-made success brought about some international recognition at the beginning of 2013. Thieves landed a spot on the Team Pagano Compilation with the likes of bands such as The Wonder Years and Modern Baseball; and in fact had the most plays of any other song featured on the compilation. By the time they released a short split EP with New Jersey pop-punkers Coming Clean, the band had sold out six live shows. This kind of success eventually turned heads at the SXSW festival, who in 2014 made Thieves an Official Artist. Come June of that year, the band released their second EP, Colorchange, produced by Beau Burchell. After playing SXSW a second time, the band was asked by pop-punk legends The Story So Far to open for them on their San Antonio tour date, which only further established the wake that Thieves was making on the scene.

More recently, the band released their newest album, No Motive, in November 2016, featuring hit singles, “Drag Me Into The Light” and “Fade.” To celebrate the band’s successful release, the group hit the road in January for a co-headlining tour with Alteras called the Rookies of The Year. While touring, the band is keeping a tour diary about the experiences while on the road, and you can read part two below.

Check out part one here.

Tour: when every day is the weekend, but feels like a Monday. If you play a decent show it’s the same as a coworker bringing in doughnuts for the office… it’s still Monday.

Skiles (guitar) squirted hand sanny in his eye and was out of commission for a hard five.

Skiles takes two NyQuil and chases them with a beer.

“That fuckin leg man, I can’t fall asleep. I take five every night.”

“What? Why?”

“There’s a medicine for restless leg syndrome.”

“Yeah, a hacksaw just above the knee.”

Nate (bass/vox) perfectly rapped the entire first verse to “Comin’ Down Sandwich,” a parody written by he and Skiles to the exact cadence of “Good Stuff” by UGK. This was soon after we passed the store where our old drummer, Ty, bought a turkey sandwich on the Western Expansion Tour circa 2013.

Played a country bar in Houston with six bands from every genre and age bracket. Tried to explain to the promoter that a tour package like ours should play right in the middle. He said he can’t make the locals do anything because they sold tickets. So at least we made our guarantee. One band covered Everlong. It was ok.

It’s always great staying with Billy’s family. You can always expect a few crude jokes from his dad, and we all lived with his brother at one time so it’s great catching up. He’s been the same for seven years and it’s great.

Skiles slept in the fort in Brett’s son’s room.

Max (fill-in drummer) is pretty good at foosball. All time foosball record between Nate and Max is 3-1 in favor of Max.


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