PLAYS: DECEMBER 31
STAGE: vines STAGE
Rising from the dusty rinsed streets of ‘Scarfiedom’, Dunedin’s Summer Thieves are a melting pop of reggae, hip-hop, rock, and funk. “We’re just laid back guys who put on parties, we don’t take ourselves too seriously, the band’s vocalist Jake Barton says. “We want everyone to have a good time.” It’s a laidback approach, that’s proven dangerously effective too, with the band comprised of Johnny Ward (Drums and Vocals), Adam Spencer (Bass), Angus Cleland (Keys, Samples and Percussion) and Jake Barton (Guitar and Vocals) amassing a legion of breathers nationwide.
In 2014, the boys first entered the studio with Kiwi legend and multi-platinum award winning artist and producer Tiki Taane, to start work on their debut album. “He’s someone we’ve all really looked up to, so it was awesome to get in the studio with him,” Barton says. “We clicked musically, and on the same vibe personality wise. We didn’t feel any pressure whatsoever being in the studio, so it was super cool.” Two surging singles from the sessions have seen the light so far: silky smooth strummer ‘Love is Lost’ (2014) and last year’s massive and filthy ‘Don't Matter’ ft. Raiza Biza (2015) showing off the lads heavier hip-hop side.
The release topped off a huge year for the boys who were also selected to join friends and spiritual braddas Sticky Fingers on their sold-out NZ tour; adding another name to the huge list of acts they’ve worked with including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Six60, Ocean Alley, David Dallas and many more “The album’s called Warped, and there’s a lot going on with it, the band explain of the forthcoming record. “Overall, it still has that summer vibe, but there are some dark parts, and a bit of heavy shit. We’re still on the summer tunes, but now we’ve got the bangers too.”
Mid this year, the band left their Dunedin home, and relocated to Auckland to focus on music.