Horse Thief’s act of draping an Oklahoma flag over one of its amp stands may have just been a proud statement of local love, but it is also a reflection of its wide-open, rootsy, rock ’n’ roll sound. The band describes itself as a “psychedelic folk rock band,” and that description isn’t bad, either.
But neither string of terms does justice to the Horse Thief sound, which is the sort that takes command of a room. A SXSW volunteer standing next to me leaned over halfway through Horse Thief’s set and informed me of how amazing the band was — even though we had not said a word to each other the entire set.
Such is the power of Horse Thief.
The thrumming bass, ringing guitar chords and pounding drums come together in a surprisingly elegant and organized way, tied together by Cameron Neal’s yowling, Walkmen-esque vocals. Horse Thief has been touring the nation and Europe recently, and it’s easy to see their stage-ready confidence when watching the show.
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