Welcome to the world of The Candle Thieves – the brainchild of two English songwriters who both wear big, thick-framed glasses, walk out onto the stage to the sound of the Jaws theme tune, set off bubble machines, and play glockenspiels, toy pianos, shakers and snares. The Candle Thieves occasionally summon up the spirit of Eels, Sufjan Stevens, and The Lucksmiths...
and in the process, make wonderful pop songs that are utterly their own.
Who are these two characters? Scott McEwan and the mysterious man who hides behind the moniker, The Glock, are friends from Peterborough, England who initially studied music together at university. McEwan started writing songs as a solo artist, but The Candle Thieves came together last summer after both had returned home from a round of personal travels. They named their band after The Glock's peculiar habit of stealing wax candles from wedding parties, many of which would fill the bedroom to which he had returned.
Soon, The Candle Thieves' very own brand of emotive pop began to take shape. The duo started experimenting with new sounds and distinctive instruments, and realized there was something truthful and pure about a man in his mid-20s pouring his heart out over a toy piano, or experimenting with gentle melodies on an inexpensive Casio keyboard. Keeping with that idiosyncratic spirit, The Candle Thieves took to the road last year and completed an English tour - performing outdoors in their fans backyards and gardens. They are now following that up with a 13 date tour of their fans’ living rooms and kitchens.
The Candle Thieves strive to make pop music for people who want more from bands, but who are still young at heart. They write for people who are tired of all the bravado and brimstone, and who want more intimate sentiments to snag their souls and their minds. And now - lucky for all of us – it's our time to get thieving.
The Candle Thieves