Thieve return with a new single from their sophomore album Extra Ordinary
I always dreamt that the perfect New Year’s countdown would play out with Thieve performing “Last Day December” during the last minutes of the preceding year.
My dream never materialised. In fact, I never even got to witness Thieve perform live, but that never stopped me from listening to Gold repeatedly in the years following its release in 2009. The band was my favourite from the Belville boys’ era, but the side-project took a back seat as the boys focus and energy was put into their other projects; AKING and Die Heuwels Fantasties.
A few months ago, Thieve quietly enlisted the services of a new drummer and set up a makeshift beach-side studio in order to begin work on the follow-up to Gold. Extra Ordinary is scheduled for release in March with the band following up with a tour which will see them perform live again in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Potchefstroom, Stellenbosch and Cape Town.
“Wild Western Cape” is the first single and music video from the album. The band “feel that they’ve grown into the best version that Thieve can be” and “Wild Western Cape” is a clear sign of growth and evolution. What’s so wrong with a couple of beers / These are friends I haven’t seen in years Andrew declares as the track opens. Musically, “Wild Western Cape” sees Thieve evolving with the introduction of electronic elements to their music and an awareness of pop sensibilities without losing what made them unlike any other band. The video gives the viewer a glimpse into the making of Extra Ordinary as friends reunite over a couple of beers to make new music.
Releasing the radio-friendly “Wild Western Cape” is a good decision by the band to announce their return and we’re excited to hear what else is in store from Thieve.
Watch the music video below and download “Wild Western Cape” on iTunes.
Featured image courtesy Jaco S. Venter