A four-piece from Fresno, California, Light Thieves is Mike Adame (synths, vocals), Joel Melton (guitar), Erica Salazar (bass), and Kaleb Saldate (drums). Formed in 2012, the band quickly gained a reputation for high energy live performances with a unique, often difficult to categorize, “groovy” sound. Their frequent touring has made them no stranger to California and the greater Pacific Northwest, with recent performing highlights including TreeFort Music Fest in Boise, ID, Catacomb Party Music Festival, and headlining at the legendary Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. Drawing influences from psych/prog to Motown to punk to hip hop, the band seeks to pull elements from seemingly unlike genres in an effort to make music both contemplative and atypical.
This video is a single off of Light Thieves’ newest LP, Future Colors, which will be available digitally and on clear vinyl in a limited release of 200 via Gotta Groove Records on March 10th. Cover art by Robert Amador. You can pre-order the album here.
The video for “Goon Years” was directed and edited by Chris Mathews Jr. Check it out below.
Future Colors focuses on the conflicting ideas of living for the moment versus wondering what the future holds. In a narrative fashion, the lyrics are a reflection of life moving forward, whether or not we are ready for it. Channeling a harmonious sound somewhere in the realm of The Dirty Projectors, Chris Mathews Jr. brings an astral display of vibrant colors and dreamy swirls with the video for “Goon Years.” Perhaps because Mathews also is responsible for the recording and mixing of the newest LP, the visuals flow organically with the fluid, mellow and yet still effervescent quality of the music, in symbiosis with its lyrics: “A nest of dreaming fools, just leave me with my eyes closed.”
The band commented:
Light Thieves’ ‘Future Colors’ was engineered by Chris Mathews Jr. in Seattle, WA. The video for Goon Years was directed by Chris Mathews Jr. in Seattle, WA. Light Thieves also took part in a documentary titled ‘Songs for the Firmament’ in Seattle, WA, which placed in a Monthly Film Festival in London. Needless to say, Chris Mathews Jr. has played a huge role in our newest album, the guy just gets us. With ‘Goon Years,’ we didn’t initially plan on putting together a video for this single until Chris approached us and volunteered to create a video to the soundscape of the song. While getting to know each other through the recording process, Chris instantly caught on to how our brains work and noticed that the four of us are big on visuals, especially with what we’ve done in the past.