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It’s debatable that many people would consider Warrington to be a nursery for great music, but one should never underestimate rock n roll’s ability to bloom in the most unlikely of places. The Kindest of Thieves are a trio comprising of singer/songwriter/guitarist Chris Fox, bassist Joe Lockwood and drummer Benjamin Foster; who together they make music of significant quality.

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.

For the encore the Kindest of Thieves treat the crowd to a distinctive version of The Smiths classic ‘This Charming Man’ that bookends the bands performance with an almost perfect finish. Like all the best bands there’s a burdening confidence and conviction emanating from The Kindest of Thieves and it won’t be long before this wonderful little band steal your heart. You have been warned!


A recent video of the Guys in action in Notting Hill, London:


Last Train
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
Play Dead

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
Photos by Mel 

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