The Banter Thiefs
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The Banter Thiefs

Motherwell, Scotland, United Kingdom | SELF

Motherwell, Scotland, United Kingdom | SELF
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The Banter Thiefs played an entertaining set to a large and enthusiastic crowd, making an impressive debut as a King Tut’s headline act. It was a fine performance to end to a gig that almost didn’t happen.

I arrived at the venue around the time the doors were scheduled to open, only to find the entire street in darkness. After telephone calls to Scottish Power it appeared that no one knew the cause, or when the power might come back on.

With two bus loads of fans known to be en route to the venue, members of the three bands on the bill, to their credit, were keen to try to find an alternative venue – the show must go on, after all.

Then, just as plans were being made, the lights suddenly went back on. And an impressively short time later the excellent King Tut’s staff had everything ready for the show to start.

First onto a pretty cold stage were Alkotron, a power trio whose rock sound features meaty power chords, a heavy bass beat and some slick guitar solos. All three members of the band share vocal duties and there were a couple of nice instrumental numbers in the set too. I was impressed.

The Begbies from West Lothian brought a large fan club along with them, several of whom joined the band on stage at different times. It was a chaotic scene, but the atmosphere was a party one. The Begbies, named after a character from Trainspotting, play good, fast indie music with a very clear punk influence. Their shout along choruses saw the crowd joining in enthusiastically and the closing cover of The Clash’s White Riot was very well performed.

The Banter Thiefs had also brought many fans to the venue. They all enjoyed a typically enthusiastic and committed performance from a young band that is building a fine reputation on the Scottish scene as a live act.

Their indie sound is fast and powerful, with solid power chords and a strong beat. But there are slower songs too, showing versatility and a lightness of touch on songs such as Don’t Forget Where You Come From. And there is a humour to The Banter Thiefs’ song writing too. Kilroy Silk is a song about Jeremy Kyle that wishes he could be replaced by the now largely forgotten talk show host.

Dave Clark fronts the band, standing tall in centre stage on guitar and vocals. Fellow founder member Derek Watson on bass also adds backing vocals and the band is round out by lead guitarist Keith Condie and drummer Darren O’Rourke. There is a tremendous energy to their performance and it is great to see musicians play with broad smiles on their faces.

The set was closed with Sly Tinnies from The Banter Thiefs self-titled EP, released back in March. It was a fine end to the night, a fast rocker with a driving drum beat and crashing symbols, and it left the crowd yelling for more. But the late start meant the curfew had long passed.

The Banter Thiefs are a young band who show a great deal of musical promise. They have an admirable commitment to performing and are already an excellent live act with a committed following. If they can translate that raw energy into the recording studio, the next year could be a big one for them.
- Glasswerk National


Discography

The Banter Thiefs EP
Tracks:
Levi Toi (second single)
Coconuts
Civic Cafe
Familiarity Breeds Contempt
Sly Tinnies (First single)

All available on Spotify, Amazon and iTunes.

Self Release: 'Don't Forget Where You Come From'

Radio Airplay: Track - Sly Tinnies: BBC Radio 6 with Tom Robinson, BBC Introducing Scotland, Clyde 1, Forth 1, Northsound, Tay FM, Jim Gellatly podcasts.

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After months of discussion between two best friends, Clark and Watson, The Banter Thief’s formed in late 2007 made up of four young lads from Motherwell. Line up changes were a regular occurrence for the energetic-indie four piece but now two of the original members David Clark and Derek Watson are complete with lead guitarist Keith Condie and drummer Darren O’Rourke. The band have recorded their self-titled EP which was released in March 2010 and have travelled all over the the UK, showcasing their talent. They have graced stages in various towns such as Dundee, Edinburgh, Accrington, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow and London Over their existence the lads have been invited to play at famous venues like the well-known King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Dundee’s favourite – The Doghouse, Moho Manchester and Camden's The Dublin Castle. The Banter Thiefs have started to gain a well deserved following of avid fans who travel all over Scotland to join in with favourite songs such as ‘Don’t Forget Where You Come From’ and ‘Levi Toi.
2011 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for the band with the release of their 2nd EP. They will be re-recording the popular 'Don't Forget Where You Come From' in Edwyn Collins London studio with the indie legend featuring on vocals, headlining Alan McGee's famous Death Disco and will be touring Austria and Germany in the latter stage of the year. Believe the hype!