The Honey Thieves are a 5 piece band from central Scotland who have just released their 4th self-financed CD entitled Heart Shaped Hole. Members of the band have been making music together under various guises for almost 10 years, although the current line up has been together for the past 2 years. Largely a live entity, they have played well over 200 gigs in their time throughout the UK and in Germany. Recent times have seen the development of some links in USA which may lead to a short tour in summer 2002.
The Honey Thieves line up is:
Peter Semple - Vocals, acoustic guitar
Dougie Weir - Guitars, Mandolin, Harmonica
Simon Fullarton - Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Keyboards
Jamie Haig - Bass
Andy Chittick - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Always a hard one to pinpoint as the band don't set out to sound like anyone in particular and each member of the band would probably give a different list of names if asked.for people they think have influenced their musical development. Some of those who would no doubt feature prominently would be, REM, Radiohead, Eden Burning, U2, Dick Gaughan, Sting, The Waterboys, Bob Dylan
The band have released 4 Cd's in total. All of them self-financed and all produced on a very tight budget. However the quality of writing, playing and production has undoubtedly improved with each one and Heart Shaped Hole represents their most significant step forward to date.
Dear & Sincere - 1994
Electric Fairyland - 1995
Everything's Brilliant EP - 1999
Heart Shaped Hole - 2001
Heart Shaped Hole EP
Heart Shaped Hole was recorded in Carlton Studios in Glasgow in June 2001 under the expert engineering guidance of Danny Mitchell who has worked with the likes of Ultravox, Midge Ure and The Silencers in the past. The decision to record 'live' as much as possible and also the addition of Simon to the band, who is currently studying for a degree in Music Technology made this by far the easiest and most enjoyable recording the band have ever made. It was also the first time we have went into the studio without having gigged the material for some time - a couple of the tracks didn't even have finished arrangements with parts being written in the studio for the first time. Whilst this situation was a source of concern at the outset, the parts came quickly and the whole project had a freshness about it that we hadn't experienced before in the studio. The result was without a doubt the best produced recording we have ever released and it contains some of our strongest material to date.
Blinded: A contemplation on the story of 'The Road to Emmaus', Jamie and Andy took the basic song in hand and made it groove like never before. Add to that subtle washes of wah wah guitar, a borrowed Fender Rhodes and an impassioned vocal.and we're up a running. One of those tracks where your still hearing new things going on long after the first few listens.
A Pleasant Passing: One for Honey Thieves traditionalists. Straight on acoustic folk stomper with a hook to keep you awake at night wondering where the heck that tune came from. Dougs and Simon trade off on a dual guitar part and mandolin and harmonica keep it interesting. Kind of seems as if the song hankers for the past both lyrically and musically.
Morning Sun: A fragile, falsetto vocal sets the tone for this song of loss and bewilderment which builds steadily to an unexpected ending which caused great debate in the Honey Thieves camp - 'should it stay or should it go? It stayed.
Carousel: Held together by a simple acoustic guitar part the song ebbs and flows as guitars rumble in the background and threaten to take over. Eventually they do and it all builds towards a classic guitar hook which will have you digging into your pocket for that zippo lighter to wave around. The lyrics deal with addiction and repetitive, destructive behavior patterns.
God Bless America: Originally recorded as a full on, guitar-driven epic, Simon took this away to the studio and de-constructed the entire track before re-building it as an ambient, electronic piece. A complete departure for the band and a testament to Simon's developing studio skills. The full-on, guitar-attack version can still be found in the live set but his one is something just a little different.
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2. A Pleasant Passing
3. Morning Sun
5. God Bless America