Thieves are on the verge of releasing one of our favorite post punk records this year! The Texas bred band recently signed to Revival Recordings backed by Alesana front man Shawn Milke with their sights set on the stars. Thieves’ debut album, “No Motive,” is nothing short of pure pop punk aggression that revived our love of the genre.
The album comes out on Friday but we have the album review for you right here! Be sure to grab your copy of “No Motive” when it drops on 11/25 – consider it an early Christmas present to yourself.
1. “Drag Me Into Light”
“No Motive” kicks off with a strong start. “Drag Me Into Light,” the first single, immediately gets your head bopping before the first chorus even kicks in. When it hits that break down, the song goes to another level and you know this album is going to be stuck in your head for weeks!
As the album progresses, we start finding ourselves hitting the repeat button more and more. “5748” is filled with atmospheric guitars and driving drums.
3. “Stone Eyelids”
We had to hit repeat on at least twice on “Stone Eyelids,” not only to soak in all of the layers in the song, but also because it’s just that good!
“Fade,” the second track released ahead of the album has a softer sound but lyrically hits the listener hard. It’s everything we’ve ever wanted to scream when we felt alone while the light at the end of the tunnel sinks further into the night.
“Pulse” comes in as the climax of the ten track album as everything that’s been building finally escapes and bleeds into the next track, “Fair-Weather.”
What “Fair-Weather” lacks in an intro, the song makes up for in urgency throughout the three minute track and soothes your wounds with a sweet outro comforting you like a hug from a long lost friend.
We all remember the first time a bridge really caught us with the hook and stuck with us. “Decoder” has the breakdown of the album that future bands will look back on, try to recreate, and just fall short of. We instantly hit repeat before this one even ended.
“Stay” should have a solid place in the Thieves live set for years to come. Even with the dreamy atmospheric start, when the chorus kicks in, it comes in strong, making you want to stay forever in such a solid album from start to finish.
9. “Generation Why”
If anyone tells you to pick just one favorite song on an album, look them in the face and play this track. “Generation Why” is going to hold a special place on our playlists for years to come. One listen to the lyrics and you’ll be hooked.
10. “No Motive”
They say “save the best for last” and that’s exactly what Thieves did. “No Motive” asks listeners “was it worth it to lose your soul?” in one of the heaviest songs on the album vocally, giving a stunning ending to a very impressive debut album.
Watch the official video for “Drag Me Into Light” below.