There's Rock and Roll. And there's Rock and Soul. At least there is when
you hear Winnipeg band The Noble Thiefs. The band's influences are
varied but at
the root of it all, is real soul music.
of the group's band members dropped by the CBC studio to talk
about what they're looking forward to in 2013 - a new vinyl release, a new band member and an upcoming show.
This is a band
with a dedicated following. A definite buzz has been building since
they began just a few years ago.
"We kind of saw a void
in the Winnipeg music scene," explained band member Riley
Hastings. "There's great music here but there's a small selection of
soul bands that are doing original songs. We were playing punk and ska
and reggae and stuff so it just seemed to be a natural step for us to
Another thing that stands out is the band's energy.
Myron Dean sings lead vocals. "What we realized from the get-go was that
we all had energy...so we decided not to tell anyone to pull back,
because when you do that, people notice. So we decided to focus the
energy. If I know that Riley has a guitar solo, that's when I direct
my energy more towards him, and vice versa," he said.
SCENE On Air host Ismaila Alfa wasted no time asking why the band's name is spelled wrong. According to Hastings, "when we decided to call the band The Noble Thiefs originally, a member of the band wrote down the name wrong and we kept it. But the other reason we kept it has to do with 'search engine optimization'. If you search for The Noble Thiefs you're gonna find us and us only."
Hear The Noble Thiefs with Ras-Tamils on Fri, Jan 18, at 10pm at the the Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club. But first, listen to their conversation with host Ismaila Alfa on SCENE On Air on January 12. The show airs every Saturday from 5 - 6 p.m. on CBC Radio One, 89.3 FM/990 AM/97.9 FM in Brandon.