We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Bike Thiefs’ new song “Cosmetic Damages” (listen below). The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming EP Lean Into It, which is scheduled to be released on September 29th. You can pre-order the EP here.
The band commented on the song’s origin:
“I used to work for a guy who was a manager at a chain hardware store – not the greatest person. He drove a car he couldn’t afford, yelled at his subordinates, made racist jokes and ate beef jerky for lunch. Basically a public service ad about a massive coronary. Later we were on tour, Trump had just become the conservative frontrunner, and this dude driving behind us had a fit of road rage and blocked traffic for a minute to yell at Kris. So I decided to write a song about this type of character and put him in an innocuous car accident, because there are a lot of people like that – angry, worked up and use those kinda of situations to air out their grievances. The whole alt-right thing is disgusting. I can’t empathize with that kind of hate-mongering, but I do sympathize with people who are terrified about their family’s well being and feel they have no choice but to turn to a big orange father figure that’s selling them on casual racism, leasing cars they can’t afford or belt clips for Blackberrys for a ‘better life.’ ‘Cosmetic Damages’ is about a scared adult sold on the prospect that living in an idealized ‘Leave it to Beaver’ environment will alleviate their problems.”
Bike Thiefs, comprised of bassist Kris Pandierada, drummer Andrew Fasken and guitarist/vocalist Marko Woloshyn, absorb music as quickly as one would expect from a group of millennial audiophiles. Pandeirada cut his teeth writing hip hop beats in his basement, Woloshyn holed up in his room wringing the ink out of Elliott Smith sheet music and Fasken immersed himself in the world of 2000s post-punk, booking shows and playing in a handful of hardcore bands.
When Bike Thiefs were out a drummer, Pandeirada met Fasken at a wedding, where he conducted a five-hour job interview.
Within a few months, Fasken was touring Canada with the band behind their last EP These Things Happen All The Time. The group quickly began writing and road testing the skeleton of their new EP, Lean Into It.
Lean Into It is communal music. The songs are abrasive, chatty and conversational. The white-knuckle rhythm section leaves enough room for Woloshyn’s exuberant vocals and guitar feedback without letting him trip over his own jokes. On Lean Into It, the band has shied away from throat tearing vocals and hair flipping riffs in exchange for matter of fact speak-sing vocals and hypnotic drums, making for a band that would much rather be sincere than intense.