Last year, Arizona rock veterans As Thick As Thieves dropped their new album, Whiskey Bent and 2017 has found the band riding the waves of success following its release. This summer, the quintet will perform alongside POD and Alien Ant Farm as well as He Is Legend and Islander and plan on wrapping up a killer year with even more tour dates this fall. We recently caught up with the band to reflect on Whiskey Bent and their busy year as well as the future of As Thick As Thieves.
Interview by Dom Vigil
Last time we caught up with you guys, you had just recently released your new EP, Whiskey Bent. Now that it has been out for a little while, what are some of your favorite things about the EP?
We're really happy with the positive reaction we've gotten from the Whiskey Bent EP. With songs like "Straight to Hell" about addiction and "Take You Down" about fighting for your life, we've had many fans let us know how the songs have helped them deal with their personal struggles. That means the world to us.
With 2017 already halfway over, what have been some of the highlights of your year so far?
We are grateful to have shared the stage with some amazing bands (Mushroomhead, John 5, Powerman 5000, Orgy, Dead Rabbits, Ded) and releasing our music video for "Straight to Hell" is definitely on the top of our list!
Like you said, you guys recently released the music video for your song, “Straight To Hell,” which is a very direct commentary on our addiction to technology and social media. What inspired the theme of the video?
Being that the song itself is about addiction in general we wanted to express how society as a whole is currently suffering from an addiction that is slowly pulling us farther away from our spiritual selves and breaking down our ability to have one on one communication.
What would you like listeners to take away from “Straight To hell”?
It's not a mystery what the song is about so we want anyone to take whatever they need from the song to help them be strong.
What have you guys been up to since the release of Whiskey Bent? Could fans maybe expect some more new music before the end of the year?
Let's just say we have an "Ace" up our sleeve when it comes to new music! Keep your eyes and ears peeled!
I know you guys have a few shows coming up, including an opening slot for POD and Alien Ant Farm! If someone is catching you for the first time at the show, what can they expect from your live performance?
We love putting on a high energy show, getting as much crowd participation as possible, and there's a good chance that one of us might be a little bit too Whiskeybent!
What are you looking forward to for the rest of 2017?
We have some really good hometown shows coming up (POD/Alien Ant Farm/Powerflo, He Is Legend/Islander) and a west coast tour planned for the end of August that we are really excited about.
Thank you for taking the time to chat with us! Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you for having us! Keep up to date with our shenanigans on our Facebook and Instagram. We will be playing in a town near you soon! Cheers!