While pop punk's heyday may be long over, that's hardly put a damper on Mississauga, ON four-piece the Gentlemen Thieves. Following a couple of short-form releases since the band's inception in 2011, the suburban quartet recently met up with CanCon hero Dave "Brownsound" Baksh (of Sum 41 and Organ Thieves fame) to record their debut LP.
The album is called Uncertainties and is set to arrive online on April 22. While you wait, stream the Gentlemen Thieves' first-ever record in its entirety on Exclaim.ca.
Produced by the group and Baksh at his own Gentleman's Den Recording Studios in Pickering, ON, the album was further mixed by Tyler Gardiner (the Penske File) and mastered by Steve Rizun (the Flatliners, the Creepshow) to obtain that perfect punk-inflected pop rock sound.
Starting out with the ebullient riffs of album opener "Don't Worry," the Gentlemen Thieves quickly deliver on their press release's promise of being more than your average "party band." "Fading Echo" and "Figure Out" would sound right at home on your favourite late-'90s Fat Wreck Chords comp, while tracks like "Sick of Me" and "Comatose Party" evoke the nostalgia of long-lost mini-ramp sessions and hours spent watching MuchOnDemand and playing N64 in your best friend's basement.
Hear for yourself by listening to Uncertainties in the player at the bottom of the page.
If you like what you hear, don't forget to catch the Gentlemen Thieves at their record release show on April 25 at Toronto's Sneaky Dee's. You can pick up tickets to the show here. Plus, you can see all the band's upcoming tour dates below.
04/25 Toronto, ON - Sneaky Dee's
05/02 Newmarket, ON - Lion & Firkin
05/03 Peterborough, ON - The Spill
05/09 Oshawa, ON - The Atria
05/10 Sherbrooke, QC - ArtFocus
05/11 Quebec City, CQ - le Sous- Sol du Cercle
05/12 Charlottetown, PE - The Big Orange Lunchbox
05/13 Moncton, NB - Plan B
05/14 Halifax, NS - Gus' Pub
05/15 Ottawa, ON - Cafe Dukuf
05/16-18 Montreal, QC - Pouzza Fest
05/23 Windsor, ON - The Windsor Beer Exchange
05/24 Kitchener, ON - The Little Bean Cafe
05/31 Burlington, ON - The Black Bull