Regular readers of TBFM magazine will have already been made briefly familiar with Quiet The Thief as they appeared on the first ever “Breaking Bands” covermount CD last year. They’ve also received heavy rotation on TBFM and, by the time you read this, they will have rocked the first ever Breaking Bands Festival. What better time than now to get acquainted with their debut EP?
Kicking in with an opening riff that is reminiscent of Grand Theft Audio’s early noughties rock hit “We Luv U” (anyone else remember? Just me then?) is the short and sweet “Dark Place” Clocking in at less than 3 minutes but packing plenty of punch to ensure it remains with you for long after, it’s a cracking opener. The next track “Corrosions” goes some way to proving that their main strength is in their memorable riffs and the skill to emulate their wide range of rock influences. The guitar-work in the first 20 seconds could fool you into thinking you’re in for a juicy slice of sleaze rock, but as soon as frontman Stig Chell’s grungy, distorted vocals are introduced you realise that it’s a different beast entirely. A really cool, badass beast, I might add. When I reviewed the track “Slow Running Train” following its inclusion on “Breaking Bands Vol 1”, I suggested that it was “Thin Lizzy-esque in its execution.” If that’s true, then that could only mean that “Gasoline” is channelling the spirit of Phil Lynott in a subtle, but superb 21st century tribute to the rock greats. “Malice” is up next, a toe-tapping, twisted take on fairytales. Whilst listening one can’t help but wonder if a discarded possible title for the EP was “Malice In Wonderland” (Ha! See what I did there?). And finally, the aforementioned “Slow Running Train”. Erm, more like a juggernaut, actually. A solid, enjoyable EP full of singalong, feel-good rock with an edge. What’s not to like?
A solid, enjoyable EP full of singalong, feel-good rock with an edge. What’s not to like?