Vinyl Thief @ The Exit/In - 8/10/11
New Music: 3/10
Set List: 1/10
Overall Performance: 2/10
Grayson’s Dance Moves: 9.5/10
Two days after arriving in America from a summer studying in Europe I was greeted by what I thought was going to be an incredible SpiderFriends show, but apparently The Exit/In does this thing where they stack the order from best to worst. In trying to miss them, I was put in a situation where the only band I could see was Vinyl Thief. Welcome back Michael….
Since I was surrounded by children at the show, I was probably the only one in the entire venue who was holding a beer, and for this, The Exit/In owes me a huge debt of gratitude. That one beer was just barely enough to get me through the show…. Despite not recognizing any of the newer material, it didn’t start off bad at all. At least they didn’t play any of the rubbish from the Spotlight-EP or whatever they called it. However if there is one thing you can give to Vinyl Thief, it’s predictability. They ended up stopping their new-song set with an “intimate” version of the song “Lights and Waves” from their Dear Science-EP, or whatever it was called. To deliver the reworked song the group lined up in a row and semi-acoustically played the version from the live video which was released a short time ago when they simply had no new material to give. I assume the reason they grouped together was to share some moment of unity in the band, but, apart from the unison Commodore moves from Sam and Andrew, there was little togetherness to be seen.
The last two songs played may have been the best of the bunch, but I also may have been slightly distracted by the laser show which was happening during the peak of the songs. Mixed with the smoke provided by Exit/In, the lights actually fit well with the music and were set off at a semi-appropriate time in the songs. However, no Vinyl Thief show would be complete without some sort of sign of self-indulgence. The picture shown above was a homemade light set-up (Lite-Brite™) of their own name at the climax of the show. It might have been pretty cool had it not been for Grayson attempting to magically draw it out like fire from a Harry Potter cauldron.
The name shone vibrantly through the final song of the set and in the wake of huge uproars of “One more song!” by at least three or four friends of the band they finally caved in to play one more song, which was “Control”, the title track from their last EP, despite my suggestions of “Battlestar”, which I believed to have been taken as a joke. As usual, Vinyl Thief just couldn’t let a song be and just had to drag the song out as long as possible with a not-at-all-similar-to-Muse rocking jam at the end of the song, which made for a deafening ending for the show. Deafening, in this case is not used endearingly.
So would I say that this show was worth the $8 that I handed over for it? Hard to say, but… Absolutely not.
Why They Left Earth - Searchlight
I was going to wait to share this piece of music, but it would be unfair for me to do so, especially since the breakdown is just so classic.
There isn’t really much more I can say about “Searchlight” from When We Left Earth. Listen for yourself.
I’ll probably have posted the songs from this EP by the end of the week, so anyone who wants to submit a remix is certainly welcome.
Lights and Waves
I figured it might be a good idea to actually post something new that Vinyl Thief has done, especially since this is one of those projects that they have been building up. Also, this is the newest thing they have done since the release of their most recent “Control-EP”, over a year ago.
"Lights and Waves" is the last single released by Vinyl Thief (not counting christmas specials and april fools jokes), only this time it has been preformed in a semi-acoustic manner. Except they did the same acoustic version of this song in October of 2010, which is quite some time ago, for those of you who have no concept of time. You can get that here: http://www.mediafire.com/?lll246uxytbu2 if you are the sentimental type.
Social Media Theives
One thing I noticed as I perused the Vinyl Thief archives of Facebook posts, is that they often build up minor developments in their music to be something that we, as “fans” should look forward to. In the world of romance, this is called being a “cock tease” (excuse my French). I have put together a small collection of such posts below (all posts are in Dublin time for obvious reasons):
Vinyl Thief: “We will be playing a secret show Monday night. The entire set will consist of new songs. Watch closely for details.” (June 3 at 10:49pm)
Vinyl Thief: “Info about our secret show tomorrow night coming very soon…” (June 5 at 8:53pm)
Vinyl Thief: “Wrote a 30 minute song tonight. We might shorten it for you, but I can’t make any promises - gp” (May 18 at 7:56am) [Note: I notice that it is rare for any one but GP to speak on behalf of Vinyl Thief]
Vinyl Thief: “I wish we had a time machine…so we could let everyone hear these new songs. I guess you just have to wait. #backtothefuture” (April 11 at 9:31pm)
Vinyl Thief: “NEW SONG UPDATE:
We wrote a new song.
Stay tuned for more updates.” (February 23 at 7:30pm) [Notes: what the fuck]
And my personal favorite:
Vinyl Thief: ”did that really happen at our show tonight!? what!? wow! crazy. oh, you didn’t see it? then come tomorrow.” (February 4 at 11:18am)
Why They Left Earth - Battlestar
Thought it might be useful to understand the origin of the specific name of this blog. Battlestar is the gem off of Vinyl Thief’s debut EP, “When We Left Earth”. Although there is little trace of this collection on the Internet, I have kept it close so that you all may hear it as well.
I think the initial intention of this blog by the band may have been to give terrible reviews of their new music for promotional purposes, however, since they rarely release anything new, it is hard to maintain a good blog without any subject material. So here is one of the songs that I will be featuring in my “Why They Left Earth” series.
And no, this isn’t Muse when they were 7.
What is this?
Being one of those few people who actually listen to and know Vinyl Thief (once you read some of the posts I put up you will understand why this is not bragging) I find that I am often one of the only ones who interacts with them on the social medias, which happens to be one of their strongest points as an indie band; they were one of the first groups hip enough to delete their Myspace, or at least say they were going to do so. Sometimes, because of what I refer to as “constructively brutal honesty”, I have developed an identity as the asshole who always talks shit about his friends’ band among at least one of the Thief’s family members. All because I remember the simpler times of Vinyl Thief, when they used to just be a Muse cover band, as opposed to their current state, in which they are MuteMath, TV on the Radio, Radiohead rip-offs. Having said that, I still have attended more of their shows than anyone (with the exception of maybe Andrew’s parents). Also, having been friends with Andrew Broadway, drummer extraordinaire for the better part of three years, I have had great access to all of their material, “good” and bad. And I’ll let you know right now, I have kept every mp3.
So one day, when I was complementing Grayson via Twitter on his particularly intriguing scarecrow get up, I was asked asked by the “band” through Grayson to make this blog about how much they suck, because he thought it would be a laugh to help promote the band. Little did little Grayson know, I am not actually a very funny person. Having said that, this sounded like a delightful idea. So here it is, “We Won’t Waste Another Minute”, a blog devoted to why Vinyl Thief needs to stop being a band.