THIEVES ASYLUM – The Exchange, Hanley, 10/06/2016

REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Thieves Asylum band photo

Stoke-on-Trent indie rock outfit Thieves Asylum were in town for the launch of their new single ‘I.K.Y.K.I.K’, the follow-up to their critically-acclaimed debut release ‘Noc Noc’.

The gig took place in the basement of a telephone exchange turned trendy bar/restaurant/music venue.

Having headlined the nearby Sugarmill recently, this was a more intimate setting, with the enclosed space and excellent acoustics working to the band’s advantage.

Fellow emerging Stoke indie/alternative bands Arcadia, ALMA and Maverick Zion, on their debut, did a great job in warming the crowd up by performing strong sets.

Based on this, it surely won’t be too long until they are back headlining themselves.

The talented support eased the pressure on Thieves Asylum, because by the time they arrived on stage, the place was buzzing.

Their set was definitely not a let-down. The band’s style of indie rock mixed with psychedelia with shades of metal went down well, as did the Alex Turner-style vocals of frontman Joseph Tomasso.

‘I.K.Y.K.I.K’ (short for I Know, You Know, I Know) is their strongest track to date, with an infectious chorus that embeds itself into your mind.

The fast-paced, intense performance showed off a group that have professionalism and maturity beyond their years, and proved why they are one of the most talked-about bands on the Stoke music scene at the moment.

THIEVES ASYLUM’S NEW SINGLE, ‘I.K.Y.K.I.K’, WILL BE AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD ON THE 24TH JUNE.

THE TRACK’S VIDEO IS AVAILABLE TO VIEW ON YOUTUBE NOW.o

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