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INTERVIEW: The Noble Thiefs

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey there from Winnipeg! Thanks for chatting with us.  It’s been very exciting over here in the Noble Thiefs camp.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “16 Candles”?

The new single is not only our way – as Canadians – to jump in and join the fight against the systematic racism going on with American police, but a call for healing for all those affected by the judicial system that’s in dysfunction.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

We were in Manhattan three years ago when footage leaked online of a very young Laquan McDonald getting shot sixteen times by Chicago PD.  The shooting had happened a year prior.  However, once this footage came out, a massive protest erupted and stormed through the East Village where we were staying.  In a matter of minutes we were enveloped and swept up by a crowd of thousands, demanding justice for what was another epic case of injustice, carried out by American police brutality.  We played a gig that night.  It was….beyond words.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Very creative.  We kept all decisions in house, leaving our former management behind.  We worked with BNB Studios, a smaller, local production company and hired a friend to do the animation.  It’s a lot of fun to have full reign over your art.

The video is a metaphor for youth being cut short by those who feel like they have the power to be judge, jury and executioner.  The time-lapse effect of a cake melting draws your eyes in.  The unblown candles fizzling out amidst what becomes a gooey mess is meant to signify all those who were never able to come home.  Those who never got to even reach adulthood.

How was the recording and writing process?

It took us some time to process what we’d been a part of in Manhattan that night.  As Canadians, it’s easy to sit on the sidelines and watch behind a screen, feeling as though the problem doesn’t pertain to us.  You know, it really doesn’t truly affect you until it does.  And then it’s impossible to shake.  

This was the first time we had our new drummer, Sandy Fernandez, with us in the studio.  He made things very easy and added the element of R&B that Myron’s voice has always been calling for.

What role does Winnipeg play in your writing?

A massive amount.   We spent seven years touring internationally and have always tried to write from a more global stage.  But there’s a reason we always come home to write.  Winnipeg has a great local music scene of all genres and it’s inspiring to be a part of such a vibrant, high caliber pool of talent.  It constantly pushes us to get better.  Summers bring a plethora of festival stages to perform on and winters give you lots of time to haul up in the jam space or studio and perfect your craft.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

With three songwriters in the band, there’s constantly a flow of new material.  It might be a short bit before we decide to make a whole album.  But there’s never a shortage of material for it.  Lately we’ve loved bringing back the retro vibe that we built the band on.  Old school soul and rock’n roll!

Any plans to hit the road?

Our van keys are hung up for the time being as we explore the changes that come after being in a band for ten years.  But we won’t make you wait long!

What else is happening next in The Noble Thiefs’ world?

When we started this band we planned monthly.  After it grew into something we planned yearly.  Now here we are, rounding the corner of a decade as a band.  So we need to start thinking in bigger arcs.  We’re pondering what we want to do over the next five years.  As I said, the retro vibe is really doing it for us lately.  And it’s inspiring a whole slew of new songs.  We know we want to still be a band in twenty years.  So that’s a massive plan.  An album would be fantastic.  But more in the immediate future…you can certainly expect quite the celebration in 2019 for our tenth anniversary!

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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