Auckland based Thieves self titled six track EP is as disconcerting as it is compelling. Melodies and harmonies pulse and throb their way through the songs as noise and pop collide in perfect measures of each-other.
To me, this is exactly what alternative rock should be. It’s exciting and melodic; it’s intelligent without becoming overly cerebral and it’s fun without ever being stupid. While avoiding anything obvious, Thieves seemingly don’t go out of their way to be contrary and certainly aren’t afraid of creating their own hooks. Sonically, it keeps reminding me, in a completely non-derivative way, of why Candy Apple Grey remains one of my all time favorite records. - review by Andrew Tidball
Cheese on Toast is phasing in a new album ratings system. I have always struggled with a numerical scale; it feels so finite and arbitrary. So the new scale looks like this :
FREAKIN’ AWESOME / JUST AWESOME / REALLY GREAT / GREAT / GOOD / PRETTY COOL / NOT BAD / COULD BE BETTER / PRETTY BAD, ACTUALLY / NOT RECOMMENDED FOR EARS