Oklahoma City-based psychedelic folk-rockers Horse Thief released their debut EP “Grow Deep, Grow Wild” earlier this week on Bella Union Records, and they are celebrating with two hometown shows tonight.
They also celebrated by dropped a music video for the gorgeous single “I Am the Bear.”“Our music is about more than just the songs we play,” says frontman Cameron Neal in a news release. “It’s about losing yourself in the sound and creating an experience that sticks with you long after the show is over,”
With Cameron on vocals and guitar, Alberto Roubert on drums, Cody Fowler on bass, Zach Zeller on keys, and Alex Coleman on guitar, an experience is what you get when seeing Horse Thief live.
Some songs on the EP, such as “I Am The Bear,” hint at influences like The Smiths, while others like the Oklahoma anthem “Warrior” draw upon the band’s raw, epic psyche-rock tones.
Originally hailing from Denton, Texas, the band decided to attend the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), which is how they came to share the same management team as labelmates The Flaming Lips.
Before the start of school the band took a trip to Creede, Colo., to write new material before starting their new lives in Oklahoma.
They discovered the name Horse Thief while looking at a map of local hiking trails and realized the name chimed with the freewheeling feelings their music conveys, according to the release.
Horse Thief, which is set to play April 25 at the Norman Music Festival, has booked two shows for tonight: They will play an acoustic set at 6 p.m. at Guestroom Records in Bricktown and then perform at 9 p.m. at Native Sound Stage outside Istvan Art, 1218 N Western Ave. Fellow Oklahoma band Colourmusic also will perform at tonight’s Native Sound Stage concert. Check out the video after the break for more info on tonight’s shows.