Under The Patio (Album 2021)
South West England is a touristic pearl. There are loads of interesting spots like the Tintagel Castle, Minack Theatre, St. Michael’s Mount, Clovelly, Watergate Bay or West Bay. Therefore, there are many popular literary and filming sites like Dartmoor, Burgh Island, and Dartmouth. And in Bristol (in one’s mind sometimes confused with Brighton), not only Trip Hop was invented, but the heavy scene and Rock groups are thriving.
And so it is home to Little Thief, a high class band brought closer to you by Memphia Music PR & Management (Dohny Jep, Death Cult Electric). The core are Charlie Fitzgerald and Rhii Williams, who put out their powerful Indie debut via Bad Sandy Records. With “Under The Patio“, they follow likes of Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys, The Picturesbooks or Biffy Clyro, with whom they share the pages in Pint-Sized Punkzine.
The ten songs take you directly to Groove ville. The crisp drums and the striking voice, that in some parts sounds like The White Stripes’ Jack White, Kings Of Leon or Prinz Grizzley, and in others more like Ruhmer, are fundament to the three-minute-pieces. Plus sometimes they use several voices, adding more volume to their layers.
Their wild, expressive style comes down in the visual part too. They have made several videos, working for example with Jamie Panton. For the opener “All Our Sins”, they went for a kind of Photoshop glitch video, and for “Freak”, they worked with paint splatters like Spur. Coming to the refrain, this one reminds of Highly Suspect or alt-J.
Within the title track, you can find Foo-inspired harmonies, with a tendency to a ballad and the melancholy of Pariisin Kevät. One favourite is “Lost In Love”, with several voices again and even a little Goth drive. In contrast, the “Jackpot” seems like a bow to a legend afterwards.
The Little Thief (now thinking of Oliver Twist) borrows from primal Rock’n’Roll and established patterns from Blues, Garage Rock, Psychedelic and Britpop. And this mix as their USP results in real hit qualities.