Febian Perez moved from Austin to Portland in June of 2012 and started a band called Bike Thief. Six months later, the band already had an album out.Bike Thief has gone through some major transformations since its inception in June 2012—they’ve had a bunch of different members, including another drummer and even a flute player—but Charlie Barker is the only lasting piece of Febian’s original incarnation of Bike Thief. Yuriy was able to sit down and talk to them about how they got their start, their album recording, their influences, and their hopes for the future.
Charlie and Febian say their debut album was “rushed” (although Sarah Creedican’s review points out just how well they pulled it off), and that their live sound has caused the songs on their EP to change and evolve over time. They expect their sophomore album to encapsulate their music as it has evolved, capturing the “punchier” quality of their live performances and showcasing some more complex songs than they had time to record on their first album. They hope to release that album by the beginning of next year, this time with a bit more of a rock ‘n’ roll feel mixed into a darker, more eerie element.
“We just really want to put our whole blood and soul into releasing a really worthwhile album for people to listen to,” Febian told us. We can’t wait to hear what their next album has in store.