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Melbourne, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | INDIE

Melbourne, Australia | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2011
Band Rock Psychedelic




"Ship to Nowhere - Single review"

Cast off your anxious jitters and navigate with a driving ambition through uncertainty into the turbulent sound waves of heaving psych rock.

In an effort to subtlety commandeer your outlook and conquer your dopamine levels, Melbourne based psych rock 3-piece, Greenthief strap you to their creative vortex for just four minutes, to bless you with the marriage of unbridled human animation and mortal hopelessness.

When the rhythm section alone is enough to tickle the bottom of your feet, you’re in for a raucous ride

Greenthief’s latest track Ship To Nowhere from upcoming album Tremors is truly a shit-ya-pants, high energy number that electrifies any surrounding participant into a primordial goo, to be born and re-born during self- inflicted exposure.
The tune is initiated by a phat, brooding drum beat, reeking of genuine seismic instability, a heavy melodic bass line taps into this rhythmic groove and alights your sunken spirits with progressive motion.
Guitars chime like a psychic call to arms, triggering tantalising vocal work that works on an addictively sinister level. These immediate elements draw you easily into the grips of an all-consuming chorus.
If by now you are struggling to keep a head above water, it may be a favourable idea to be engrossed by the distorted mass of thick, electric grooves and howling lyricism and let the following sections have their wicked way with you.

The synergetic 3-piece steer this vessel in tight increments, tacking forcible juicy mix-ups into the piece. Jagged guitar riffs stick out like bold, unavoidable rocks in a washy hue of fuzz, beat and endless anticipation.

At any minute it feels like it could blow out, giving the song an edgy, teeth-grinding quality that widens the eyes and shakes all angst.
Combining the perpetual mysticism of psychedelic soundscapes and the high-octane shred of bawdy gat power, Greenthief evoke an intrepid honesty and intensity in their sound that nods lustily at bands such as Radiohead and Fuzz in a boiling pot of musical vices.
Realign your senses, breathe deep and be exported to a world of eternal truths, manifested wholeheartedly in the recording of vibrations of Greenthief’s valiant lyricism and wild musicianship.
The accompanying video is just as wild a ride, introducing us to the band in a dank, underground setting. Closeups border on uncomfortable, linking perfectly and maliciously with the eerie slink of the music. Shuddering cameras seem to give to the rumbling prowess of the undeniable bass and drums. The visuals make for the perfect accompaniment to the unnerving yet, addictive tune.
Greenthief’s upcoming and highly anticipated album Tremors is to be released on the 10th of June. This new album will be followed by a national tour playing a string of loose shows throughout July that are sure to move masses of sweaty punters around waves of indulgent fun and potential insurance liabilities. - Happy Happy Music Blog

"'Tremors' album review"

Listening to Greenthief’s newest album is comparable to trying new food in a faraway land; you aren’t exactly sure what it is, you just know that it’s really, really good. ‘Tremors’, the second album by Melbourne’s rocking 3-piece, is as good as it is refreshing.

While many bands these days may be afraid to stray from the sound of one or two genres, Greenthief has done the opposite; ‘Tremors’ contains an array of material that covers a vast range of styles and influences within rock-solid songwriting to make for a highly enjoyable listen.

Of course, Greenthief are a rock band first and foremost, so ‘Tremors’ is definitely a rock album with just about every type of rock possible featured. The album kickstarts momentum with opening numbers in Beneath Blue Skies, Ship to Nowhere, and Escape. The sound on these songs could perhaps best be described as a mix between heavier Red Hot Chili Pepper’s melodies and the hard rock rhythms of Queens of The Stone Age or Rage Against The Machine that acts as grounding for the tunes.

“Greenthief have easily set a new musical standard for bands of a similar vein with ‘Tremors’.”
Whilst a harder rock sound establishes the base for most of the songs, other varied influences work their way in throughout. Slower tunes such as All I Need and The Golden Lamp are laden with psych delight, whereas the title track builds tension using guitar melodies to arrive at a much heavier chorus, a style often employed by bands such as Radiohead.

‘Tremors’ is definitely an album of light and shade. However, where there are loud and energetic Rock ‘n’ Roll tracks, slower acoustic songs follow, such as Plastic Sword which features a Pink Floyd vibe, and Final Conversation, a great song for having a quiet chillout. Perplexed rounds out the album, an interesting choice to finish that displays impressive guitar work and chord progressions, two things Greenthief are all about.

Greenthief have easily set a new musical standard for bands of a similar vein with ‘Tremors’. This record shows that playing a range of different genres and intermixing various influences can create a diverse sound rich with musical flavour. But more importantly, ‘Tremors’ has clearly demonstrated Greenthief is a force to be reckoned with. Do yourself a favour and listen to this album today!

Catch the Melbourne trio touring nationally in support of ‘Tremors’ throughout July, more info below! - AAA Backstage

"Tremors album review"

Psychedelic rock has been around for decades, but it’s never been overly fashionable. But similar to grunge, blues-based hard rock and other such styles, it’s always great to hear bands keeping the sound alive despite its inherent unsexiness.

Melbourne’s Greenthief are doing psych rock as well as just about anyone on the planet at the moment. The emerging three-piece inject just the barest smidgeon of prog into their psychedelia, some odd time signatures, unconventional arrangements and a heightened sense of dynamics and variation, and this sets them apart from the tripped-out pack.

On top of that, their songs are damn catchy and free of the freaked-out, self indulgent space jams often associated with this genre. They know how to rock the hell out too, and at times they put the foot down and rock like a modern Zeppelin.

Tremors is way cool, without being cool at all, if that makes any sense. Whatever the case, it’s a hugely enjoyable rock album that may be best experienced whilst indulging in certain recreational pharmaceuticals.

BY ROD WHITFIELD - Beat Magazine (Melbourne)

"Live Review: The Butterfly Effect + Numbers Radio + Greenthief - UNSW Roundhouse (11.05.12)"

You know, I’m not the biggest Butterfly Effect fan. Don’t get me wrong, they’re a fantastic band. But I’m not the type of person who knows every single one of their songs, including the unreleased special edition fan only EP of which only ten copies were released to four very special people – I just don’t like them THAT much. However, this being their final tour with the original line up, I felt like I’d miss something special if I didn’t rock along – so that I did.
The show was at the Roundhouse at UNSW – not the greatest place for gigs in this town, but a sight away from a lot of the other venues in this city. The place was packed, and got more so as the night went on. The first band, Greenthief, was a welcome addition to the night, and to be honest, the opening act couldn’t have been better. They were strong, and had a sound that was boppy but heavy enough to fit the bill of the evening. It’s something I’ve been saying for some time now: diversity in concerts is a good thing.
The second support, Numbers Radio, was a very fun band that just seemed a little sloppy. Maybe they’d had a long night the previous evening, but the sound wasn’t exactly right – boomy and over the top, and the music was certainly nothing super new. I’m not too sure they shouldn’t have been the first support, to be honest, and a lot of their songs seemed to run into another. However, for a three-piece, they did have a big sound that managed to penetrate to the outside area when my group went out for a drink.
In between the bands though, I did manage to get a good look at the crowd. What astounded me was the variation in ages – the oldest I saw there was 46 (at least that’s how old she said she was) and the youngest I saw there was 16. Now, I’m not too sure how that 16 year old managed to get into an over 18s event, but still, they were there, in the middle of the floor.
Anywho, the main event came on promptly at 9:31pm, one minute after their Facebook said they’d be on which, let’s be honest, is pretty damned good.
Opening with an piano backing track (I suppose you’d call it karaoke?) version of "Beautiful Mine", Clint sang to warm up the crowd, and then, straight into it. "Window And The Watcher" was next, followed by about six more songs before a quick hello, and straight back into the songs.
I was a little disappointed they didn’t play "In These Hands", but hey, you can’t have everything, and when the band plays 19 songs all up including "Aisles of White", "Final Conversation", "Black Lung", "Everybody Runs", "Gone", and a plethora of other epic mosh-tastic numbers, as well as an acoustic song or two in there, you have to concede some ground. The ended on "Always", which seemed an apt song to end upon, with the crowd screaming ‘I am always with you’ – the message seemed hardly subliminal, but effective.
The crowd was reasonable. Yes, there were a few of the usual pushing-people-around tossers in the crowd (one of whom got knocked over and I helped up) but that’s to be expected here. On the whole, I got hit about four times and received four apologies (which, if you’ve read my Jinja Safari review, you’d know I appreciate) and the crowd was well-behaved. Top points there.
The sound quality for the evening was fantastic. I was standing at the front, right next to a speaker stack, and could still hear everything. Things weren’t too muffled, and despite getting a head full of Kurt’s epic guitar tone, I could make out the lyrics, the bass and drums. And that is why it’s so important for house mixers to do their job properly. And in this case, five outta five.
The lighting was pretty cool as well – despite seeing about fifteen bands do the 'light bulbs up the back of the stage' prop now, it still looked pretty good. The strobes were timed perfectly, and the whole thing looked pretty well rehearsed. So again, props to the lighting techs as well. Not to mention the on stage performance by the boys themselves – it was what I’d expected from a band tha - AU Review

"The Butterfly Effect / Numbers Radio / Greenthief"

The Butterfly Effect / Numbers Radio / Greenthief
FRIDAY, 11 MAY 2012
King’s Beach Tavern - Sat May 5

It’s no wonder why Greenthief have been selected to open up tonight’s proceedings; with slick hard rock sounds and sludgy solos their sound is an homage to ‘90s post-grunge psychedelia. Although, frontman Julian Schweitzer’s paisley shirt seems at odds with this until he delivers his Billy Corgan-like vocals, supported by prodigiously talented drummer, Steve Tyssen; Greenthief definitely live up to their media hype. Their set, unfortunately, is far too short for my liking.
I was apprehensive when I found out Numbers Radio were playing main support, and despite their best efforts I can’t help but feel deflated. After the musical intricacies of Greenthief the highly energetic punk rock inspired antics of Numbers Radio seem mundane. Don’t get me wrong, they can’t be faulted for delivery and the scintillating hooks of their boppier numbers are definitely dance-worthy but it seems a strange choice for main support.
This all washes away as Clint Boge takes the stage on his own and breaks out into a soft, bittersweet version of Beautiful Mine accompanied by a piano recording. Before long the remaining members of The Butterfly Effect join Clint and immediately smash out Window And The Watcher to deafening roars of approval. As Clint jokes and laughs with his bandmates and the crowd it’s hard to believe that he is calling it quits, but he gives his one last hurrah his all! There is barely a song that isn’t echoed by the raucous mosh pit as the band delivers a maniacal medley, including Aisles Of White, Room Without A View and to my everlasting delight Perception Twin.
A brief instrumental section shows us what we might be in for after Clint’s departure and it’s a very short wait for the encore as Clint and bassist, Glenn Esmond, emerge to perform a poignant acoustic version of a very appropriate Gone and one final devastatingly hard rock number to close the night.
PETE WALSH - Rave Magazine

"Retribution EP Review"

Greenthief are an experimental alt-rock three piece from Australia led by Julian Schweitzer and completed by Liam Burgan and William Homan. There is a slightly intellectual approach, with an exploration of idea of sanity in an insane world (‘Sanity), remain true to youthful idealism (‘Salad Days’), and a somewhat surreal look at the triggering of revolution (title track ‘Retribution’), all tinged with psychedelic sound. It’s not an east EP to get, really, it doesn’t grab you instantly, but perseverance pays dividends. ‘Retribution’ is angry and surprisingly heavy in contrast with the trippie nostalgia of ‘Salad Days’ where Schweitzer’s occasional falsetto adds to a feel of unreality. This EP is definitely not going to appeal to everyone, but if you’re in the marked for an experiment it’s worth a listen. - Black Velvet Magazine (UK)


It’s always hard to tell which band will be the next big thing, because who knows it might just be this Aussie band called GREENTHIEF, whom sound modern, experimental, very retro-rocking and ready for the big European Summer Festivals. During the first song of their mini-EP ‘Retribution’ I really thought this was a female fronted band, but this 3-piece band really has a male singer (JULIAN SCHWEITZER), who also happens to play guitar. Anyway, the band combines all sorts of influences, sometimes mixing elements of ARCADE FIRE, ALKELINO TRIO, KAISER CHIEFS, THE KILLERS, FOO FIGHTERS with some high-pitched squaks by the singer and even adding some THE BEATLES during the chorus in a song like “Salad days”, while most of the big fat groovy guitar riffs come straight outta the 1970s Classic Rockbook. The result is something that will be adored by today’s modern rock society. More info: -

"EP Review (retribution)"

Red Sky Music Suggests: Retribution by Greenthief?This album is a must for those who love heavy, alternative rock. The energy that comes through Greenthief's music is the main reason Retribution is a great recording! Track of choice "Vultures"?Check out their album with the attached link. - ????½ - Red Sky Music

"Greenthief Retribution Review"

?3 is the magic number??The Australian rock scene, due in part to its distance from cultural centres such as London and New York, doesn't seem so slavishly beholden to musical trends and the search for the next big thing. An admirable trait or to some the reason why bands like Wolfmother and Jet keep finding success and also why mullets are still fairly prevalent in the land of kangaroos. ??

In Greenthief's case there merely seems to be a desire to get together and jam like its 1969 and forget the world much like their countrymen Tame Impala did to critical acclaim on their record "Innerspeaker". "Retribution" isn't as good as that record but it's getting there with some nuggets of real quality amongst the 25 minutes of dude-rock.??

The title track is a memorable slice of riff rock built on an ominous bassline and complemented with shards of lead guitar. The pace changing lysergic rock of 'Vultures' and the immense undulating vistas of the eight minute closer 'Mayan Dawn' are undoubted highlights as Greenthief find their feet floating in space.??

On the downside some of the material is not particularly distinctive with opener 'Sanity' essaying stadium Muse and nineties Radiohead simultaneously employing both a galloping, jerky guitar riff with a hushed, breathless vocal. 'Salad Days' continues the Muse worship albeit with a walloping riff and frantic arrangement. Often the best way to experience this kind of groove infused rock is on the live stage not on CD (that's certainly the case with Muse) so maybe less import should be put on the mis-steps on "Retribution" especially when no-one buys albums anymore (apparently).??

The thrill of the shimmering chords, fuzzed up riffs and syncopated drumming is unfortunately topped off with the whiny vocals of a skinny hipster fella. Like those bands where there's a divisive vocalist - Billy Corgan for the Pumpkins, Perry Farrell at the good ship Jane's Addiction to name but two - the songs here aren't completely ruined and in fact, Julian Schweitzer's larynx becomes less invasive with every spin of "Retribution" especially when he avoids straining his voice and employs a bit of grit instead. The aforementioned alt-legends are doubly worth mentioning when it comes to the music on "Retribution" being as it is a loose, twenty years removed, take on the groovier parts of the alt-rock canon. Greenthief play with scant regard for 'the shock of the new' and it serves them well.
- Room Thirteen

"Greenthief Retribution Review"

Alternative rock is probably one of the most vague, misconstrued attempts at putting together a genre. Greenthief tag themselves ‘alt’, so how on earth does that relate to their sound? Rock but a little bit different? Isn’t that what every new rock distro breaks their back over claiming?

Greenthief are alternative by way of being adventurous. Through fancy, sophisticated progressions and a layered production, the Aussie three piece meander across their coloured plain of rock more artistically then the moody taboo which alt-rock often carried. Track ‘Vultures’ is put together like a progressive tune, yet it only just runs beyond the 4 minute mark. It contains jump up and rock choruses with calm and space in between, coloured by the Steve James (Sex Pistols, The Jam) production, with and whirls enchanting the mix. 7/10
- Powerpoint Mag

"Retribution review" now for something completely different (nah, nót the Monty Python's Flying Circus, you silly buggers!) and exhilarating...from the South East of Australia...the incomparable Greenthief, introducing itself with the following story, taken without alterations from (www.)
“Little people know about the secret cult that has involved the likes of Dali Lama, Pope John Paul II, Tom Cruise and Dan Brown to name a few, in fact not even the Mossad know about the existence of this clandestine cult that has played such an important role in shaping history as we know it today. To fully understand its origins, one has to search back to the Ming dynasty where our Chinese ancestors bagan what is known as Greenthief.?The cult developed as a secret organisation that was called upon during culturally oppressive regimes. When Emperor Hongwu took Chinese office in 1368, he shook his head towards non-Taoist music. It was here that Lin Len Yang established Green Thief in reaction to this repressive government, holding weekly jam sessions in his sound proof hut in the local village. The jam session attracted the village most reputable session musicians and soon became producing some of China's most important and influential music today. Unfortunately word got out to Hongwu's guards about Yang's secret jam sessions and he sent his guards disguised as musicians to destroy the Greenthief cult. Though Hongwu's guards were successful, what they didn't know was that Yang was absent from that session and fled.?Word soon spread and Greenthief cults began popping up all over the place. Whether it was during the Church's oppressive regime of medieval Europe, Nazi Germany, Sadam's Iraq, Commi's in general, Greenthief has always existed in opposition towards the musical oppression of its generation.?With the Indie Invasion well in hand, the world seeks Greenthief like never before.”
Well, nice story, innit mates? Nice, because even if the historical cited may be incorrect people have most probably been singing revolutionary songs since the days that they were able to fabricate musical instruments of their own. I mean, give the people a reason and they'll grumble, right? And what more effective way of bonding could there be than songs, and dance? Well, be that as it may, we've gotta come back to contemporary history, more specifically to that of the SE Australian band Greenthief, which counts as its members singer/ guitarist Julian Schweitzer (ooh...sounds like this guy's family has European origins), bassist Tom Abbot (this one's were almost certainly from Britain), and drummer Maui Manu (euh...Hawaiian? Or would he have actual Aboriginal ancestry?). Anyway, none of my normal info sources had a clue of when exactly this threesome first came into being, but from the above story we are to conclude the trio started their activities as a reaction to what they felt to be an oppressive invasion from Indie music in their music scene, right? Greenthief recorded its debut 6-track EP Annicain the first half of 2009, releasing it before the end of the year...and immediately got praise from the in-crowd and selected media. Playing gigs up and down the coast of SE Australia, the trio also put in a short tour in more western parts of Australia, spreading the word on Greenthief beyond their natural habitat. And with the promotion deal they struck with Two Side Moon for their new EP (aka Mini-album) Retribution (recorded by English producer Steve James of Sex Pistols and The Jam fame at the well-known Byron Bay based Rockinghorse Studios, and mastered by Tim Young of the Metropolis Mastering Group, known from previous interaction with the likes of Bjork and Placebo among others), Greenthief ads a completely new share of fans to those already conquered in Ozland...because that, you see, is something quite inevitable with the type of irresistible music the guys play!
How so? Well, one only needs listen to what's posted at the band's own site (www.), or even better to what's posted at their MySpace pace (address already mentioned above) to find that these guys base their Alternative Indie Rock ( spite of what they said above, thàt scene is hit as primal target, you know!?) on a very interesting Progressive Rock with sensitive intensities which sees the band alternate between calmer and heavier passages without ever falling into the entrapments of popular genre crossings with Grunge or other down-tuned Metal sub-genres. On top, Julian has a truly nice semi-high vocal pitch, which he bends and folds effortlessly (and which he only fleetingly – for instance in a sort sentence during the EP's first song “Sanity”, at the end of the album's title track, a short passage halfway through “Vultures” - uses in a more aggressive form), and the slightly moaning quality of which goes so typically well in the Indie Rock genre. With the drums and bass as solid foundation, Julian also twists and uses his guitar as a multi-task instrument, either fondling it with the greatest of care in the calmer moments, or using a little more aggression...but always with a great sense for melodic repetition, making for a dream-away factor for any people listening to the music.
Oh yeah...I dó love what these guys do the point of loitering around the house for several days while listening to the material over and over before actually sitting down to start on this review. You know, this is the stuff of dreams people like myself stay in this dreary business (well business, I've been doin' this on a voluntary basis since 1985...and that seems like only yesterday to me) of music journalism for...the occasional exceptional band that stands out from everything else in their genre. How could you be surprised to find Retribution on top of my “Best Albums Of 2001” lists, eh? Good goin' mates! Can' wait t'ear back from ye soon enuff!

"Greenthief - 'Retribution' (Self Released)"

Every once in a while in the day to day life of a reviewer comes along a disc that stands out from the throng of prog rock, blues rock or general whatever rock. A band that makes your ears prick up and realise why you got into music in the first place. The search for something new and exciting, something a bit different from the norm, a bit left of centre and, dare I say, a little bit original. Greenthief happens to be one of these bands.

Hailing from their native Brisbane, this Australian three piece have previously released just one EP, 'Annica', in 2009 which was well received on the local scene and, along with constant touring of the East Coast of Australia, has gained them a dedicated following. Here we have a brand new five track EP, 'Retribution', that goes a long way to gaining them a wider audience.

The title of opening track 'Sanity' could not be further from the truth, coming on immediately like early Muse with a fuzzed up bass line, mixed with Silversun Pickups' knack of a dreamy, spacey tune, it draws the listener in with its instant hook.

'Salad Days', with its regimental drums, is just fantastic, reminding me of a more tripped out Little Barrie (and if you don't know that name you should!). It has a strong Muse-like bass line courtesy of Tom Abbot who shines on this EP, as does the drum work of Maui Manu. The vocals of Julian Schweitzer soar into the stratosphere as does his guitar playing.

The title track starts like a lullaby that lulls you into a false sense of security as you are hit with the full band assault, in the solo the guitars sound like razors, so sharp they could cut you.?'Vultures' is a more psychedelic affair, Schwietzer sounding remarkably like Billy Corgan here, screaming like his life depends on it one moment, the next sweet and subdued. There are little bits here and there that just add charm and depth, working on the basis that less is more there are little, mad time changes and stops, the guitars dampened one minute then full on the next.?Closing things up is the quite remarkable 'Mayan Dawn', 8 minutes and 40 seconds of beauty in epic proportions. It's sparse, lots of space, the drums are fantastic, the guitars placed very subtle, just to add texture in places. The guitar solo is something else, sounding like it was recorded in space then beamed underwater for your listening pleasure - it bends notes in unknown directions; hats off Mr. Schwietzer, top stuff indeed!

Greenthief have a way of creating music using space and dynamics, with clever arrangements and a top notch production job courtesy of legendary producer Steve James, it's a joy to experience. Yes, it's progressive and experimental in places but not in a self indulgent, over the top way.

'Retribution' has the power to make lesser bands just give up for good, believe it.

"‘Retribution Review’"

Greenthief burst onto the Brisbane music scene in 2009 brandishing a clear message: that the vast regime of popular indie music was in need of some counter-culture. Their first EP, ‘Anicca’, was an experiment in psychedelic rock, which earned them rave reviews and lofty comparisons to Radiohead. While shy of the bulls eye, such comparisons created anticipation for their next release. ‘Retribution’ has delivered, still calling for revolution while delving deeper into progressive ideas. However the trio isn’t preaching for us to overthrow the establishment, the driving theme behind their music has more to do with leaving your preconceptions at the door. Dark and gritty, their second EP is laden with big riffs and drawn-out, aching vocal hooks - an epic and unique sound that will solidify the band’s growing reputation. If his music is “a book of the revolution he would lead”, as songwriter Julian Schweitzer sings on the searing title track, then ‘Retribution’ is an excellent opening chapter.
-Jerath Head
- (Scene Mag, June 11)

"Anicca - Review"

Make sure you listen to these two tracks one after another. It serves as an interesting notion of what constitutes movements in a theatrical rock sense.

This is a pretty big comparison really, so forgive me if it’s a bit silly to say it, but Greenthief remind me a little of the epic feeling that Muse shows. Even though there is an element of humble notion in bands in this country, there is a need for bands to have a kind of excited exuberance. I don’t think we should ever cringe about being epic in our music at all, especially with bands like Greenthief around. - Band Next Door

"Anicca - Review"

With a healthy dose of angst and experimentation comes Anicca, the new six-track EP from Greenthief.

Six tracks is ambitious for an EP, but Greenthief are a pretty ambitious band. They love to pair driving guitars and pounding drums with delicate piano and ethereal vocals. They’ve stuck a tune called “Prelude” in the middle of the disc. And you just never know where any song is going to end up.

That was perhaps the most confusing part of this CD for me. I felt I was being taken in one direction, and enjoying it, before the band sent the song to another place. At its worst this kind of treatment lacks focus, and at its best it’s groundbreaking. I admit that I’m still trying to decide.

There’s a lot to like here, especially the opening track “Plea for Sanctuary” with its crunchy guitar chords and hooky chorus, and the epic closer “Grain of Sand.” These tunes hint at the potential of this band. If this is what Greenthief are capable of, I want to hear more of it. They seem to be still experimenting with their sound now and finding their own identity away from their many influences, but this EP hints at real greatness. - Sounds of Oz

"Greenthief Tour"

Tuesday, 06 July 2010
Calling to check in with Brisbane-based band GREENTHIEF, BIANCA VALENTINO finds the band 10 minutes outside of Newcastle in New South Wales, having just embarked on their Plea For Sanctuary east coast tour.

“We’re in traffic, all I can see is houses,” tells frontman Julian Schweitzer, “The views have been nice and now they’re bad.” Bassist Gwen Warnick is asleep and newest addition drummer Steve Tyssen is in the driver’s seat.

It’s early afternoon and the band have had a full day of driving, fuelled by inspirational listening to get amped for tonight’s show. “When I was in charge it was Tool, Rage Against The Machine, Radiohead,” tells Julian, “When I wasn’t in charge it was Def Leppard, Van Halen and Pink Floyd.”

Introducing Tyssen, Schweitzer informs, “His name is Steve. He’s a ‘roofie’ from Caboolture. He used to play in a rock band in Brisbane’s music scene and I’d see him play around the traps. We just came together. He was one of the many drummers we tried out and we were blown away by his sheer power and good looks!” Schweitzer is also stoked that the newbie has a manual license. According to the frontman “being a drummer is like being a pizza boy – driving is a requirement of the job”.

As he drives Tyssen explains that he’s just getting to know the long-time friends Schweitzer and Warnick. “They already treat me like their slave,” he jokes laughing.

The alternative indie rock outfit are no strangers to the road trip a tour entails. Greenthief completed a regional tour in April dubbed The Bring The Noise tour in support of debut EP, Annica. A blend of carefully crafted quiet/loud moments and post-grunge cathartic epic-ness with soaring vocals and chunky riffs, it is an emotive art rock affair.

“It was nice playing places we don’t normally get to play,” explains Schweitzer. “We were helped out through the Council through the National Youth Week thing. It was nice having an itinerary and being told what to do and where to be. They’re really appreciative in regional areas. They don’t get to see as many acts so they get really excited. There seems to be a better energy in those places. Anywhere outside of your hometown is always going to have that sparkle.”

Greenthief have come a long way in the short time they have been together. They first appeared as an acoustic duo of Schweitzer and Warnick at popular Fortitude Valley cafe/bar Ric’s. “It was always headed to where it is now. Right now we’re just trying to get out there and spread our music. The main thing, will be trying to play Sydney and Melbourne,” the guitarist-vocalist says.

The Plea For Sanctuary tour also coincides with the release of the band’s film clip of the same name made by award-winning photographer Jack Atley – a finalist for the Sony World Photo Awards 2010. “He has recently started a music video production company ... It was really cool because he loved the band and he particularly liked that song. He helped us out heaps and put a lot of time and work into it.”

After this tour, writing and recording – the first time with Tyssen – is on the agenda, with hopes of another new EP as the outcome. Stay tuned…

GREENTHIEF play the Zoo on Thursday Jul 8, supported by Run For A Bus and To The Hilt; The Irish Club, Toowoomba on Friday Jul 9, supported by Mecury Drive, Project 62 and Work Of Martians; then the Miami Tavern, Gold Coast on Saturday Jul 10, supported by Pannikswitch, Preston Fight and To The Hilt. ANNICA is out now.

- Rave Magazine - BIANCA VALENTINO

"Live Review"

Article Type: Music
Article Sub Type: Review
Sub Article Sub Type: Event
City: Brisbane
Genre: Indie

Article Title: Tinian's Boy, Greenthief, To the Hilt, Run for a Bus @ The Zoo
Headlinder: Tinian's Boy
Support: Greenthief, To the Hilt, Run for a Bus.


This past Thursday at iconic live music venue The Zoo a host of talented Aussie bands rocked wildly into the quiet winters night. While each of the bands were noteworthy and Tinian's Boy were the headliners the focus of this article will be alternative three piece Greenthief. Greenthief are a fairly new band to hit the scene having been together for 18 months. They have not wasted any time already releasing an EP, a film clip, touring nationally and planning an album. With a wrap sheet like that it is safe to assume that these guys mean business having fused musical excellence with raw determination to get where they are. This level of commitment is reflected in their live performance with stylised vocals and faultless instrumentation. In a word Greenthief's live show could be described as tight. There was not a beat that was missed, a note that was wrong or a tone that was unintentional. Drummer Steve Tyssen, although new to the band was on point keeping the energy high and the sound large while Greenthief veteran Julian Schweitzer wailed on his guitar with effortless precision. The highlight of the show would have to be _Plea for Sanctuary_. There is a quality to this song that captures your attention and dances loudly through your ears. It is no surprise then that this was the first choice for the bands first film clip.
Looking across the audience it was clear that a lot of people were hearing Greenthief for the first time. There was an apprehension in the way people initially consumed the performance but it was not long before people were drawn in by lilting tones juxtaposed by fierce rock beats. There were a few die hard fans who rocked out and head banged in a way that was reminiscent of times gone by. Times when people moshed, crowds screamed and the sign of a good concert was being covered in the sweat and hair of a fellow patron donning a black t-shirt. Now this is not to say that Greenthief are in anyway similar to a Metallica tribute band, it is merely stating that they are a point of difference in an scene flooded with bands who wear a uniform of indie sameness. Greenthief's music is heavy in nature but is made accessible to a wide audience with an array of guitar tones and melodic riffs. There are a few carefully considered points of space in the songs which are what set them apart from just another heavy rock band. If their music were a date movie it would be Iron Man in that there is the the boom and explosion to satisfy the chest beating alpha male and the smooth timely one liners from Robert Downey to satisfy the ladies. Greenthief are a band that are still early in their career but have the work ethic and care to fill the alternative rock void that exists in mainstream music in Australia. - Sharon Friel Sharon - Faster n Louder

"Anicca (Greenthief debut EP) - Review"

Anicca - Review (rave mag)

Tough indie rock in touch with its sensitive side

Local trio Greenthief have a well-honed awareness of how to blend volume and softness without reverting to post-grunge quiet/loud obviousness. Perversely, a song entitled Prelude appears half way through their new six-track CD Anicca, a piano ballad equal parts dainty and aching which segues into the cathartic, intense rock of Plague. Opening track Plea For Sanctuary is perhaps the one most ripe for radio, with its epic, chiming build-up, chunky riffs and soaring, androgynous lead vocals – but there’s a twist in every song, and this particular tune takes over a minute before a human voice is heard. It works, though, and the track flows gracefully. They save their most expansive work for the last two tracks – the six-and-a-half minute Wanna Fly experiments with drum loops and emotive art rock, while the spooky finale Grain Of Sand is a haunted two-part acoustic ballad. Right at the end, a hidden electro-dirge ups the intrigue level a little further.
MATT THROWER - Rave Magazine (Brisbane)


Tremors (LP)  2016

Voyage (LP)  2014

Retribution (EP)  2011



‘If big riffing acts like Muse and Silversun Pickups appeal, check these guys out.  - Richard Kingsmill, triple j

From a spark to a revolution, Greenthief is a 3-piece alternative rock band that has crashed the indie scenester party with a unique blend of psychedelic rock. Spreading their word with frequent trips around Australia, the band has broken sound barriers and state lines while enchanting audiences with a sound akin to a lovechild of Queens of the Stone Age and Pink Floyd.

Greenthief have recently released their second full-length album titled Tremors through MGM distribution.  Working alongside legendary Australian producer Steven Schram (San Cisco, Little Birdy, Paul Kelly) Tremors is a result of a six year journey with the band continuously evolving their sound, honing their songwriting, and road testing their material with a relentless touring schedule.   July 2016 saw them undertake a national tour in support of the release which saw them perform in every capital city in Australia (excluding NT).

February 2014 saw Greenthief release their debut album titled Voyage.  Produced by English producer Steve James (Sex Pistols, The Jam) singles Rainbow and Mr Number 1 received strong national radio play as well as their respected clips featuring on rage ABC and The Gruen Transfer (ABC).

In April/May 2013, Greenthief undertook their debut international tour, performing 20 dates across Eastern Europe as well as shows in the UK and Germany.  Other previous touring highlights include Greenthief being hand picked to support Australian rock legends The Butterfly Effect on their EFFECTED tour (final shows with Clint Boge).  The tour saw Greenthief raising the roof on some of the country’s biggest venues to capacity crowds.

Previous single Vultures helped put the band on the map through regular play via Triple J and Rage ABC. In the same month as picking up the single, Greenthief was also selected by Triple J to be a featured Unearthed artist of the week. Vultures was then nominated as a finalist in the 2011 Queensland Music Awards and was voted in Rage’s top 50 video clips of 2011.  Other notable achievements include single Plea for Sanctuary which gained a sync on an international game release 'Rugby League Live 2' (Xbox, Playstation) released in England and France.

'Greenthief are doing psych rock as well as just about anyone on the planet at the moment.  The emerging three-piece inject just the barest smidgeon of prog into their psychedelia, some odd time signatures, unconventional arrangement and a heightened sense of dynamics and variation, and this sets them apart from the tripped-out pack.'   -Rod Whitfield (Beat Mag) June 2016

'The synergetic 3-piece steer this vessel in tight increments, tacking forcible juicy mix-ups into the piece. Jagged guitar riffs stick out like bold, unavoidable rocks in a washy hue of fuzz, beat and endless anticipation.'  -William Jennings (Happy Music Blog) April 2016

'Greenthief have easily set a new musical standard for bands of a similar vein with Tremors. This record shows that playing a range of different genres and intermixing various influences can create a diverse sound rich with musical flavour. But more importantly, ‘Tremors’ has clearly demonstrated Greenthief is a force to be reckoned with.'   -Huw Murday (AAA Backstage) June 2016

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