Tonight The Kindest of Thieves play a small and intimate gig at the Roadhouse, as part of Blastbeat [an organisation which encourages young people to be social entrepreneurs and creative in all forms] and KOT show why they’re attracting interest from all corners. Introduced by the Director of the company Robert Stevenson, who gushes with praise for the Guys, they began playing a stripped down rock n roll that boasts a linage that runs from the best of rockabilly to the Smiths, these boys play music that’s sharper than their dress sense. Taking the opportunity to run through their soon to be released debut album, the band zip breathlessly through a collection of songs that will soon be regular visitors to your CD player.
A confident and relaxed Chris Fox is the main man and reveals himself to be a dab hand at in-between song banter which is charmingly at odds with the tales of teenage vulnerability that embellishes his guitar’s plangent crunch. Without doubt the musicianship is outstanding throughout the set with Benjamin Foster and Joe Lockwood’s drums and bass providing the bedrock for Chris Fox’s swaggering guitar work. Each song the boys play tonight has fire in it’s belly but to these ears the stand outs are the intricate rocker ‘Babe I Ain’t You Friend’ and the reflective ‘Interlude’ though I’m sure in time you’ll have your own particular favourite tune to love and cherish.
Sounded Like A Hiss
Just A Little Mercy
Babe I Ain’t Your Friend
Glove (I’d Look Good On You)
The Fox & The Thief
This Charming Man
Check out an interview with the band from earlier in the year note: the line up has since changed here:Review by Phil King