Son & Thief


Ian Imhof


Much has changed since Shane Toriscelli transformed his passion for music into serious songwriting in 2010. Graduating from a series of bands during his high school days in Tampa, Florida, Toriscelli started to truly discover himself musically once he moved to Athens, Georgia to attend the University of Georgia. After pursuing a number of styles and incarnations, he distinctly shifted his musical approach in 2014, donning his new moniker; Son & Thief. Toriscelli recruited guitarist and fellow UGA student Deane Lawton, and together they began to move away from the jangly indie-folk of the time and toward a more mature and experimental sound, which they continue to evolve from.

In February 2015, Son & Thief independently released their debut EP titled Cardinal, a collection of indie-pop gems, followed by the single “All I Care About” in 2016. Together the EP and single  have amassed almost 220,000 plays on Spotify alone. The strength of these songs have lead them to performing regionally with with other local and nationally touring artists (Valley Maker, Andrew Ripp) alike over the past year and a half, and ultimately caught the attention of MTV, who have since licensed two of them for various shows.

Seeking a more upfront, personal, and honest tone, this latest batch of songs often start in reality before launching toward a more ethereal and creative otherworld, angling toward emotionally relatable stories instead of vague aphorisms. There are some obvious influences felt throughout the songs — the existential spaciness of Broken Bells, the anxious croons of James Blake, and the troubled bonhomie of My Morning Jacket — but for Toriscelli, genre is less important than progressing for the better, and charging into new depths.

Much like the early stages of Cardinal, Son & Thief’s new recordings began as acoustic skeletons in Toriscelli’s bedroom and slowly materialized more and more as he conceived drum fills, guitar parts, and bass lines to undergird the melodies. The latest single “Million Dollar Rocket” is a dreamy space rock track that sets a tone for the band's forthcoming album out later this year. As the band finalizes their new course and sound with this album, it’s not doubt that 2017 will be a big year in the evolution of Son & Thief.