If you were in the Ontario or Québec area this April, you may have heard or seen the indie band Century Thief after their performances at Pressed, The Bog, or The Piston in Canada. Based in Toronto, the indie band Century Thief take influence from Broken Social Scene, Elliott Smith, Radiohead, and Wilco. Their first album, “Reverie”, came out in the fall of 2015 and since then the band has stayed relevant releasing a series of singles. With a sound best described by a sound engineer in Montreal as “trash lounge folk prog rock”, Century Thief bring a unique flair to the music industry.
Not only are they gifted with the ability to perform, but they are also gifted with the knowhow to self-produce their music themselves. Century Thief believe it is important be apart of the producing process. They recalled the spring in 2016, when they isolated themselves for over a week to begin tracking before finalizing the recordings at The Root Down Studio back home in Toronto. According to the band, the results of this isolation was songs, “… that are darker, and more spacious than Reverie, incorporating more electronic sounds, synthesizers, ambient noise, and effected guitars and vocals.” Century Thief personally define their music as, “… noisy and melodic, with a hint of salty nostalgia”, which is very present in their latest single.
Their EP, “Deaf Beneath the Waves”, was released May 4th, Century Thief released a tease single, “406”, leaving fans craving the more. The single is meant to embody the feeling of trying to close distance within a failed relationship; the band revealed the single, “explores ideas of false hope and the harsh realities of a newfound loneliness, pulling at loose threads through selective memory”. With soft instrumentals contrasting with the soulful versatility of the saxophone and a nostalgic undertone behind their powerful vocals, the single perfectly captures the vulnerability and longing that comes with knowing your relationship is slipping through your fingers.
Paired with the sorrow behind the lyrics, the single comes full circle. The reminiscence pops with lines like, “Remember that cool night at your parent’s/ The wind never sounded so sweet”, which exposes the human nature within us all. As soon as we feel like it is over, the memories come flooding back making us feel like we are losing the person we love, when in reality there usually is not any love left. “406” furthers this reality with lines like, “I put these stains on things that I know we won’t get over/ Well, how come it rains every time I’m over/ We’re going 200 down the 406”, reminding us that even when we think we will never get over our failed relationship, we always know it is bound to end regardless.
To listen for yourself, as a potential fan or someone simply in need of a little nostalgia, go to SoundCloud today. Also, do not forget to give a listen to their new EP, “Deaf Beneath the Waves”.