The past year and a half in the lives of Bike Thiefs, a “grammatically inept, three piece rock band”, according to their bandcamp, has been a momentous stretch. The alternative punk trio out of Mississauga has hit the ground running, with appearances at NXNE, CMW and air time on Toronto’s local alternative stations. The traction gained by Bike Thiefs has led them to a point in their young careers that hundreds of bands continuously strive for, and fail to reach.
Since releasing Bloated, their first EP in May of 2014, Bike Thiefs, made up of lead vocalist and guitarist Marko Woloshyn, bassist Kris Pandeirada, and drummer Andrew Fasken, have hit a string of highs, which has brought them to the release of their second project. These things happen all the time, a four track EP, marks another milestone in the career of a band working hard to elevate their craft.
They’ve crafted a dynamic sound: booming guitar riffs, hard driving drums, intricate lyrics, rounded out with a rhythmic bass line – a controlled chaos.
“We want it to sound like it may be going off the rails at the right moment,” said Woloshyn.
“We still want people to be able to dance to it, make people jump around,” Fasken was quick to add.
Addressing what has set them apart from other local acts over the past year and a half, the three are humble, and quick to state that the work a group is willing to put in is far more important than any level of talent they may have.
“It’s putting in the hours,” said Woloshyn, wolfing down a slice of Fresca Pizza as the band prepared to play their EP release show next door at The Old Laurel. “We watched our favourite bands, watched how they did it […] they were on the nose with everything, very professional, very considerate to everybody. Thats how you do it. You stick around, you put in the hours, you message people, you talk to people and you treat it like it’s your business, like it’s your venture.”
Though they’re at a solid point now, the band’s direction wasn’t always clear. Each member has their own past in different music ventures, and they came together only a couple of years ago.
“I started working with Kris and getting to know Kris, and I think that’s when things became a bit more serious, that’s when it kind of was like ‘alright let’s fucking do this’,” said Woloshyn. “We had sort of a changeover with drummers […] Kris met him [Andrew] again at a wedding, got to talking, said ‘Hey, we’re looking for a drummer!’ Andrew joined.”
Since getting serious and digging in, Bike Thiefs have enjoyed, not only a series of victories in the music world, but their time working on growing the band as well.
“It’s like Marko said: this is the best thing I’ve been a part of,” said Fasken. “It just feels right.”
The band have a busy stretch over the month of October, with shows in Toronto, Hamilton, London, Montreal, Sherbrooke and Ottawa; and plans of getting creative again in the winter months.
“I think November and December, take some time to write. Hopefully as the weather gets nicer, drive out further and further,” said Fasken.
“2016 is full of bigger plans,” said Woloshyn. “I think that’s the best way to put it: longer tours, bigger releases.”
Whatever may be in store for Bike Thiefs, they hope to only build on the momentum gained over 2015. With the position they’re in now, the ‘bigger plans’ of 2016 could help to launch Bike Thiefs to a level many young bands never get to consider.
Check out the video for Bike Thiefs‘ “Redline”: