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.

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04.21.17//Son & Thief Release Atmospheric Debut Album, 'Repair'

Son & Thief Release Atmospheric Debut Album, 'Repair'

Athens, GA – Indie-rock band, Son & Thief, released their debut full-length album, Repair, a collection of atmospheric tracks composed of experimental sounds and catchy melodies. The album, featuring alluring singles, “Million Dollar Rocket” and title track, “Repair”, is now available for download and streaming worldwide.

Self-produced at their home studio in Athens, GA, Repair is a project that lead singer, Shane Toriscelli says was a long time coming. Taking just over two years to complete, the album is a powerful and mysterious collection of tracks laced with soft guitar plucks and lusty tones. Although each track carries a common thread sonically, the album as a whole does not carry a recurring theme. Each track perfectly captures the emotions felt by Toriscelli in individual situations he’s faced over the past two years. The album’s first single, “Million Dollar Rocket” is a captivating track that delivers the perfect balance of light, mesmeric strings layered with complex lyrics. The second single, “Repair” is a mid tempo indie track that exudes the feeling of slowly drifting into the universe. A mellow backing track intertwined with soft keys and whispery vocals, “Repair” takes listeners on a journey to a dreamy environment. Much different than their first EP, Toriscelli says this album captures a more honest picture of himself. “Repair is much more adventurous,” explains Toriscelli.  “I feel like I’m expressing a lot of feelings I never thought I could pull off before. This album shifted a lot of my perspectives about how to write, record, and produce music. So in a sense, this record is a farewell to the past and an intro to the future.”

Shane Toriscelli started Son & Thief in 2014 while attending the University of Georgia. After several jam sessions with a group of local players including Lawton on lead guitar, the band’s initial lineup was solidified. Since then, the band has been ever-changing and evolving, just like Toriscelli and the music itself. In February of 2015, the band independently released their debut EP, Cardinal, which has garnered over 150,000 plays on Spotify, and its tracks, “Father” and “High and Low” were recently licensed by MTV. Their 2016 stand-alone single, “All I Care About” has almost 80,000 plays on Spotify and was featured on Spotify’s Fresh Finds Playlist.

Repair is a product of honesty and vulnerability. Composed of earthy tones and complex yet relatable lyrics, this album is a new beginning for Son & Thief. With their music constantly evolving, there are limitless possibilities for the band. To check out more music and current tour dates, visit