Century Thief

Century Thief

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
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Trash Lounge Folk Prog Rock featuring three principal songwriters. A blend of introspection and energy, sometimes soft, sometimes noisy experimental indie rock featuring brass, woodwinds, keys, guitars, bass, drums and multi-layered vocal harmonies.

Biography

Century Thief is a six-piece indie rock group based in Toronto, Ontario.  They are a blend of introspection and energy, sometimes soft, sometimes noisy experimental indie rock featuring brass, woodwinds, keys, guitars, bass, drums and multi-layered vocal harmonies.

Century Thief released their first full-length album, Reverie, in the fall of 2015. Reverie received airplay and positive reviews by critics in Europe and North America. In the months since its release, Reverie garnered over 200,000 listens on Spotify and has maintained thousands of monthly listeners.

While writing and recording, they embarked on tours throughout Ontario, Québec, and many East Coast provinces. They have participated in multiple Ontario music festivals such as NXNE, Canadian Music Week, Indie Week, In the Soil, Toronto Festival of Beers, TWiMfest, and Out of the Box.

The band maintains an active relationship with arts and music communities around Ontario. They collaborate with visual artists, performance artists, filmmakers and other artisans for various projects. In 2016 they released their first music video for the single Pillar which was created by Shawn Robertson.

In the spring of 2016 they isolated themselves at a farmhouse in Northern Ontario for a week and a half to record new material, some of which will make up their sophomore record. This was made possible with funding from FACTOR, The Government of Canada and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters. In November 2016 they will release the first single You are here, which is about the struggle to grasp beyond the limitations of our perception, our linear experience of space and time, to find a larger meaning. Mortality and human limitations will be a reoccurring theme on their sophomore record.

Lyrics

Nazareth

Written By: Michael Legere

With all the pieces of a mind in tact
why couldn’t you do a little better than that?
They say you can’t blame the river for the raging rapids
Because the rivers just a victim in the waters path

Rowed in on a mantra I claimed couldn’t sink
And they greeted me with hope and offered only peace
Said your form was as fine as any upright being
but my anti-religion still made signs of the unseen

It’s a crazy world from which we’ve freed ourselves
Now we’re our own simulacra in post-modern hell
We love to make a liar of the Romantic Man
but at least he knew the seamless nature of the wild and timeless hand

James died in the desert looking for the light
That could lead him to the rebirth of that holy night
With the laws of opposition in another’s hand
The truth began to blur into a violent formless dance

The stars will claim omnipotence
and try to pave your hollow road
The Pauls and Schools embody cliffs
They drag our hope to rot in Nazareth

The truth is never pretty in entirety
Now they say love is just a function of biology
But there’s still some debate as to what that means
And withdrawals enough to bring a holy man to his feet

We said even with your whisky and your head on backwards
Why couldn’t you drive a little better than that
Going down to the river to rid the saviors blood of your ruinous pity
And whatever metals left

With all the pieces of a heart in tact
why couldn’t you love me a little better than that?
They say you can’t blame the river for the raging rapids
Because the rivers just a victim in the waters path

With the burning bridge that is the modern man
I thought somehow there’d be somebody to be the dam
So if you can blame the river for the raging rapids
Because the rivers just a victim in the waters path

The stars will claim omnipotence
and try to pave your hollow road
The Pauls and Schools embody cliffs
They drag our hope to rot in Nazareth

Nomad

Written By: Mike Legere and Bury the Hatchet

Nomad

Estranged nomad on the water
Carrying a distant slaughter
The dreaming children’s homes erode while wandering that gravel road
We keep records of defeat locked in drawers until we don’t need them
I was one, but so divided
Waves crashing against my thighs

Did I see too clearly or was it all too big?

Reliving what I’d left behind
A stranger in my time and mind
Skipping facts to save the truth
Every step a little looser
Attacking symptoms of the problem
Guerrilla war in empty trailers
I was one, but so divided
Waves crashing against an island

Did I see too clearly or was it all too big?

Estranged nomad surveying their streets
Searching for meaning in the inner cities
The concrete takes on different shapes
But somehow always feels the same
When wandering the country-scape
You slowly stop asking their names
Attacking symptoms of the problem
Guerrilla war in empty trailers
Broken wrists and bigger dares
That reveal how the structure tears

Oh and how the structure tears

Did I see too clearly or was it all too vague…?

City Banks

Written By: Mike Legere

When the City Banks empty out
It's no mystery, the Kings and Queens
Standing there, against the grain
Mathy eyes trained to look away
Paper spindles handing out a sermon
For the age of doubt

Mythic histories leave us bowing in our disbelief
We wait for the fog to lift in the morning roads of the turning earth

And the discarded Gods sit at their alters
In the shadow of the buildings that will ruin our brothers
We try our hardest to disappear
Behind the words we created
To sedate each fear

When the City Banks empty out it's no mystery
The new disease
And the vaccines only feed it
Standing their against the grain
My old friends trained to look away

Mythic histories leave us bowing in our disbelief
We wait for the fog to lift in the morning roads of the turning earth

When the systems start to run themselves
You take a seat, put up your feet
And watch as your beautiful child lifts a pillow to your face

Pillar

Written By: Kathryn Kearns

Look at the people outside
They're beautiful
They're all the things I'd like to be

Always hiding from the wild
We're kind of pitiful
I would like to cross but quietly

All these loves to reconcile
I'm under control
But it feels as though no one lies next to me

Well, we should look at how we frame it
But I don't care, I just wish to escape it
And you didn't notice when I was getting home

And all these things we build just to break them
And all these lives we fake just to take them
And you didn't care, we were on our own

Take a look at your unpredictability
And now you don't look twice at me
Tell me who is your pillar?
Because now you are no longer family

Well, we should look at how we frame it
But I don't care, I just wish to escape it
And you didn't notice when I was getting home

And all these things we build just to break them
And all these lives we fake just to take them
And you didn't care, we were on our own.

Set List

City Banks
Stateside
You are here 
Pillar 
Limo
Grow Old Part 2
20 Odd Years
Hey October 
Science of Solace
Stick Stone