From Joe Miller
If you’re looking for an entirely original and unique artist, check out Kalen & The Sky Thieves. I’ve known Kalen personally for a few years but had yet to see her perform live. I was highly impressed and in awe by the dynamic the band was able to skillfully regulate.
Branded as a “rock-noir” artist, her show mashed a variety of genres, chewed them up, and spit ‘em out angrily… and at some times sensually. The vocals from the star were incredibly lusty and bawdy, sans profanity. Kalen is a powerhouse and her talented band perfectly complemented. And while the venue wasn’t filled to capacity and the sound mix was a bit jarring at times, the gift of the songs and capability of the artists executing them on stage was phenomenal.
The ability to switch from rock, blues, electro, and “moody trip hop” is never easy — add to the mix a well received cover of Bjork’s “Army of Me” — but the group collectively took us on a trip we never expected to come our way. The drummer was tight, guitarist was making my head spin with his delay-laden reggae-esque vamps, bassist was tasteful and also mesmerizingly quick — it all really made the Sky Thieves more than a foundation. The group delivered everything musically beautiful and more in show.
Kalen & The Sky Thieves release their newest album October 14th and will play Mercury Lounge, 8pm on Wed. Aug 20th and Rockwood Music Hall 2, 8pm on Thurs. Oct 9th.
[Official Bio] Kalen Lister has been writing music since her hands were big enough to work a piano. She’s taken her songbook with her as she’s traversed the majority of the American Northeast, and both have found some form of permanent home in Brooklyn, NY since 2004. The songs and their singer have operated in a variety of forms and functions until the dissolution of a band and the decision to put her own name on a marquee led Kalen to assemble the Sky Thieves in 2012.
Jay Giacomazzo, Will Hanza, and Wayan Zoey met as musical competitors. Despite being bested by Will and Jay, Wayan sought to turn the opposition in to a coalition and the three began jamming together purely for the enjoyment of playing with like-minded people. Concurrently, Kalen had reached out to Wayan in regards to providing the rhythmic drive behind her performances. A fortunate side-effect of Wayan’s tendency to overbook himself was the chance encounter between Kalen and the as-yet unnamed trio of instrumentalists. Following an abbreviated courtship, all four members of the band found themselves saying “It’s not you, it’s me” to their other long-term commitments so that the Sky Thieves could be born.
Mixing disparate influences of jazz, folk, psychedelica and funk with the common denominator of old fashioned rock and roll, Kalen & the Sky Thieves have been bringing their magic to increasingly large audiences across the Northeast, at venues like The Mercury Lounge (NYC), DC9 (Washington, DC) and the Empire Ballroom (Portland, ME). They’ve just finished up work on their debut full-length, Bluebird, due for a Fall 2014 release and are looking forward to expanding their sphere of influence through touring in support of the album.