The members - who all currently reside in Vancouver BC - hail from an eclectic group of locations. Guitarist Zack Thomas, originally from Nova Scotia, moved from Toronto to Vancouver in the spring of 2013, and first connected with Brazilian lead vocalist and guitarist, Johnny de Farias, after happening across his ad for like-minded musicians. They've cited brotherhood and camaraderie as essential driving forces behind their musical chemistry, and with the addition of drummer Cody Williamson, originally from Manitoba and fresh off of a drumming apprenticeship in Nashville, their sound was beginning to really take form. Finally, upon hearing of the new found availability of former Mary's Gunns bassist, Vancouver's Kylan Prince, their line-up was complete.
The boys played a gig December 5th at local Van City venue, Joe's Apartment, where the decor is beautiful and over-the-top, and live music is permitted until the DJ gets there - as is standard for most of the Downtown Core's bars and nightclubs. Despite the overall feel in Vancouver of "OK, hurry up, get your two drinks, bob your head a couple times to the band, and then make way for the hoofers," young Vancouver talent rocks and rocks hard, and Red Thieves are proving to be no exception. The set was consistently high energy throughout, and the band seems comfortable with each other and highly skilled at their instruments. Stratospheric, expressive lead vocals by Johnny de Farias, with a tone reminiscent of if Scott Weiland had double the range and a bit more polish, for fans who appreciate a good, clear ring on the high notes, you're in for a treat. Any seasoned Van City music fan who has seen him perform live will be happy to know that Kylan Prince has not rusted a bit when it comes to his stage presence, he is as animated and professional as always, and had a chance to really explore his skills with an impressive, body-moving bass solo late in the set. Zack Thomas effortlessly breezes through the catchy lead guitar licks like it's second nature, and Cody Williamson's drums really accentuate the flavour of each song, keeping the sound consistent throughout the set but rendering each tune unique as a stand-alone. If there's one thing that truly ties these four musicians together, it's that they're all hungry and motivated, and it shows through in their performances. Nothing makes rock and roll more authentic than the grit and elbow grease that goes into attempting to build a successful project in an industry that is as fluid as it is unpredictable.
Red Thieves' new single Heroes Never Die is due January 2015, with a video in the works for a summer release, and undoubtedly some gigs in between. For updates about the band, like their Facebook page (don't forget to turn on notifications and/or interact with their posts to make sure they show up in your newsfeed) and let us know what you think in the comments section below!
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