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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Bike Thief

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Portland‘s Bike Thief released its debut album, Stuck in a Dream, in August 2014. To promote the album, the folk rock band embarked on its first tour across the U.S..

On Nov. 3, the group will play in Phoenix at Last Exit Live with locals The Lonesome Wilderness and Book of Shred.

Below, read The Spec‘s interview with Bike Thief…

Tell us a little about yourselves.
We don’t want to give away any surprises, but we are a five-piece band from Portland, by way of Austin, New Mexico, and various cities across this beautiful planet. We don’t drink and we love comic books, Rush, and chess.

How long have you been making music?
We’ve all been playing our instruments for as long as we have been able, but the band has been around for two years.

Who/what are your influences?
The Smiths, Genesis, Arcade Fire, Sigur Ros, air, treble clefs, kisses, Corgis.

What is your favorite song on the new album and why?
Extensive work and love has been poured into every track, but “Stuck In A Dream” is pretty large achievement for us. It represents where we are headed as a band, and is the most complete collaboration between all of the members, fully drawing on all of our influences. Especially Corgis.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
We’d love to share our live show with some international audiences, we’ve received a lot attention in Eastern Europe. We hope to begin recording a follow-up album next year, we’ve been writing extensively since completing Stuck In A Dream.

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
A Top-40 pop artist. If you catch my drift 😉

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
Jeff Buckley, David Bowie and Hall and Oates for their uncompromising pop sensibility.

Why do you make music?
Because we can’t science well. Except Tom, who really was a chemist before committing to being a poor musician.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?

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