Welcome to Thursday Rocks, where young musicians are to be seen and heard. Please give a big round of applause to our featured guests today – a band called Time Is A Thief.
If Scotland’s Biffy Clyro and Twin Atlantic met Trent Reznor half way in Cork, Time Is A Thief could well be the kind of sound they would drag kicking and screaming into the world. Despite being together for a relatively short period of time, Time Is A Thief have already played with contemporaries such as Dinosaur Pile-U, Twin Atlantic and Canterbury, and have learned pretty quickly how to blast out a sh*t-hot, sharp-shock, astounding piece of hard rock.
All the band’s members, grew up in Midleton, Co Cork, Ireland together, attending the same schools, running in the same circles and naturally playing in the same bands together. Jeff, Jimmy and Murf began a Rage Against The Machine tribute act, whilst in another part of town Adam was belting out numbers with an originals band named Citizen Elmo. Both acts ultimately parted ways and Adam joined the Middleton trio to form Time Is A Thief. The group began gigging, built a set and launched 2 EPs: the garage-recorded, rough and ready "Conservations" (2009) and the lighter, more polished, pop-phase offering titled "Identity" (2010).
2011 was a busy year for the TIAT men. In a tiny cottage in the countryside just outside of Cloyne, they began work on what would eventually become their debut album "We're Not Strangers". They ended their time in the studio in May, when they released their first single "Our Game" (with accompanying video by Zombie), before hitting the road for an all-ages tour around Ireland with Scuba Dice. After raising investment via a very successful Fund It campaign, they were able to return to the studio in November and released "The Collector" as their second single.
"We're Not Strangers" bangs out 11 great rock songs and startles your senses with reassuring tales of honesty and revenge, debt and addiction, angry men and stitches, relationships and the end, earwigs, inner voices and plain old making a balls of yourself.
Their album title comes from the idea that, although they have been together for a few years, this album might be the first music many people have heard from them. Now, after the hard slog of putting in the time, paying their dues and building themselves up, this will not be the last.
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