Bike Thiefs, comprised of bassist Kris Pandierada, drummer Andrew Fasken and Guitarist/Vocalist Marko Woloshyn, absorb music as quickly as one would expect from a group of millennial audiophiles. Pandeirada cut his teeth writing hip hop beats in his basement, Woloshyn holed up in his room wringing the ink out of Elliott Smith sheet music and Fasken immersed himself in the world of 2000s post-punk, booking shows and playing in a handful of hardcore bands.
When Bike Thiefs were out a drummer, Pandeirada met Fasken at a wedding, where he conducted a five-hour job interview.
Within a few months, Fasken was touring Canada with the band behind Bike Thiefs’ last EP These Things Happen All The Time. The group quickly began writing and road testing the skeleton of their new EP, Lean Into It.
Lean Into It is communal music. The songs are abrasive, chatty and conversational. The white knuckle rhythm section leaves enough room for Woloshyn’s exuberant vocals and guitar feedback without letting him trip over his own jokes. On Lean Into It, the band has shied away from throat tearing vocals and hair flipping riffs in exchange for matter of fact speak-sing vocals and hypnotic drums, making for a band that would much rather be sincere than intense.