25th Oct, 2021

MUSIC MATTERS: One of most exciting Coventry bands in ten years

Catherine Thompson 21st Apr, 2018 Updated: 19th Nov, 2018

One of most exciting bands from Coventry in 10 years!

I love my music and I love all the great local bands around, but I can honestly say, I have not been so excited by a local band since the Enemy emerged in 2007.

The name of this band is The Duck Thieves. They have bucket loads of originality, their songs are quirky and oh so good, and they own every stage they play on. Think the B52’s meet Sparks meet The Rezillos meet Coventry’s own Ripps, mash it up and you have The Duck Thieves.

After a recent gig, The Duck Thieves are getting a lot of attention, though they have been around since 2014, and I’m proud to say they have even played at The 2-Tone Village.

If ever a band had the potential to go the whole way, then these are it. Right now people want to know more about this phenomenal band. So I put some questions to them..

So tell us about the band? “Duck Thieves were formed in 2014 when frontman Justin Wing Chung Hui asked his fellow band mate Michelle Bailey-Le Long and ex band mate Cait Buckley to join him on a misadventure of a lifetime. Described as Indie Panto Pop with a bit of punk performance art thrown in.

“The two newest members Jessamy Morris-Davis and Steven Shelley joined them recently to continue to bring songs that are inspired by personal storytelling, feminism, standing up to racism and B-Movies. The band are an eccentric group of multi instrumentalists, filmmaker, artists, activists misfit.”

So when can we expect an album? “We would love to do an album, but it’s quite expensive and time consuming and we prefer releasing music more often in smaller chunks.

“We have done a collection of EPs that we are constantly adding to. We have EP 1, ‘CopyCat’ and ‘In Liverpool We Barn Dance’. As well as the singles of ‘Make It on Your Own’ and “Why Should I Look like Everybody Else”. We will be back in the studio in the next few months to do our latest one very soon.

“In terms of labels we used to be signed to Creature Lab records – an indie record label based in Cov so we’re inbetween record labels at the moment. Like our song we’re gonna ‘Make it on our own’, well for now anyway. Check our video for our song and our newest single ‘Why Should I Look like Everybody Else’ on our Facebook.”

So what do you love about Coventry? “The mix of cultures and sense of community in the arts and culture scene, and what we hate about Coventry: How everyone moans about nothing going on in the city even though there are live music and other events happening EVERY SINGLE DAY.”

Don’t miss these guys possibly playing at Motofest June 3 (not confirmed yet),- Wateraid Charity gig June 8 and Coventry Pride June 9.

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