If The Statue Thieves‘ mission is to transport the listener to a higher plane, then psychedelia is the vehicle they’re hiring to take you on the journey.
Forthcoming album ‘Laniakea‘, due June 18, is named after a super-cluster located somewhere near The Milky Way. Aptly, the album’s concept is just as other-worldly. Touted as a ’40-minute excursion into the depth of the human experience’, the record marries a transcendental nature with a woozy concoction of sonics.
Psychedelia looms large, with every scuzz-drenched chord rippling through the kind of bluesy hazes synonymous with Pink Floyd’s early material, while the elixir of their music has been extracted from the LCD-laced waters of 1967.
‘Laniakea’ is only made more visceral by the fact that it was recorded to tape, within a two-day time frame. The band, comprising Craig Ingham, Ivan Muela, Gennaro Oliviero and Michal Domin, aimed to embrace the beauty of imperfections and capture the energy of the moment, mirroring their acclaimed live performances.
This is a sentiment echoed in the record’s lyrical content, which guides the listener through hallucinatory tributaries about our experience on Earth. ‘Laniakea’ is an utterly beguiling experience to be savoured through headphones in a patchouli haze. It is the borderless scope and vision that The Statue Thieves bring to the music of fifties and sixties which they love which brings all these elements together under an umbrella that moves seamlessly from the ethereal to harsh reality.
See The Statue Thieves Live:
25th May – Secret Sofar Sounds London show
19th June – The Victoria, London (album launch show)
21st June – The Railway Hotel, Southend
23rd June – Bar Loco, Newcastle
24th June – The Cannon, Milton Keynes