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Band Crush: Thief Thief

July 29, 2010

Thief Thief (l-r: Colin Snyder – Drums, Jeff Johnson – Guitar) have mastered the art of hammering intense rhythms out of their instruments. Their brand of math rock has found its niche here in Boston, wowing audiences with jaw-dropping speed and accuracy at each performance. Jeff switches from chugging power chords to lightening speed finger tapping guitar work all while perfectly locked in place with Colin. As soon as you find your head bobbing in time, the song twists and explores new rhythmic territory. See for yourself as they take the floor tomorrow at the Milky Way in Jamaica Plain.

BBC: How did you two meet and decide to start Thief Thief together?

TT: We were working at the same place in the fall of 2005… We didn’t really know each other at the time, but we had some mutual friends who put us together. One thing led to another and here we are, almost five years later now.

BBC: What inspired you to be a duo and approach music in the style that you do?

TT: An unhealthy obsession with Hella’s first album, Hold Your Horse Is. I think it changed the way we approach composition.

JJ: It also made me wish that I had learned how to play drums instead of guitar growing up. For me, relearning how to play the guitar with my right hand has been a big part of the process as well… it grew out of the need to fill up space that isn’t taken up by other instruments, but I’ve grown to like it on its own. I haven’t seen anyone else out there doing this tapping stuff in quite the same way, which is heartening.

Any plans of adding a third member to the mix such as a bassist? Why or why not?

At this point, probably not. It took us a couple of years, but I think we’re doing a good job of pulling this off now. It’s a challenge to make the most of what you have.

CS: I don’t think so. We auditioned a few bassists back when we were first starting to write music together, and we could never strike the right chemistry that we found we could as a duo.

BBC: What do you hope to accomplish in the remainder of the year?

TT: Release our album, and play a bunch of shows in NYC as well as here. Perhaps write some new music as well.

BBC: What Boston bands are you currently crushing on?

JJ: Young Adults. As Colin would say, I like the sounds they make.

CS: Yep, Young Adults. It’s tougher for me to fall hard for new music in Boston these days like I did in the past. I think the Joyce brothers and their band Bananas stole my heart, and when they broke up, I didn’t have a heart left to give anyone else.

Listen to Thief Thief here:

Then see them perform tomorrow at the Milky Way w/ Hangman’s Alphabet & Aloha Sarcophagus:

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