The Candle Thieves - Sunshine And Other Misfortunes
It’s hard to dislike a band so effortlessly endearing as Peterborough’s Candle Thieves, the combination of thrift shop chic and Camberwick Green instrumentation enough to warm the coldest of hearts. At face value that is, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find that these charming men are peddling deception for Sunshine and Othe Misfortunes isn’t cheerful at all. Sharpen up chaps, we’ve been duped.
Tricked by the dulcet tones of a glockenspiel! Yes, I had hoped that a spin of this disc would have banished the Easter blues and sent the rainclouds scudding across the sky to reveal a glorious spring meadow but, in reality, we're in a place where we live through hell, and then we die. Cheers lads, that’s pissed on my cream eggs alright. A relentless obsession with death and the human condition is not what I expected of a band whose last tour saw them playing back gardens and summer fetes.
Still, at least we’re on safe ground with recent single ‘The Sunshine Song’ and it’s burbling Lightning Seeds melody line. Don’t bet on it sunshine, for the Candle Thieves give with one hand and taketh with the other, so we find that you are beautiful (awww!) but you’ve got to die someday (oh...). And this is ‘The Sunshine Song’ remember! Let’s skip back a stage to track one which is laden with the chucklesome title ‘We’re All Gonna Die’ and wonder what terrors await us therein. To be fair to Scott and Glock, however, their obsession with mortality is merely a means to an end; they’re on a mission to shake us out of our humdrum ruts and open our eyes to the fact that we’re here for a good time, not along time. They are the musical equivalent of Robin Williams bellowing Carpe Diem across a classroom.
Talking of music, the Candle Thieves are purveyors of classic British pop music and thus ‘’My Love Will Clap Its Hands For You’ is reminiscent of the pseudo psychedelia of Tears For Fears while tracks such as ‘Bright Lights’ and ‘Singapore’ create an atmosphere not unlike an E17 Christmas number. Their love of all things quirky means that the album, resplendent with glockenspiels, melodicas and assorted nursery toys, is a refreshing change for jaded ears and should resonate with anyone with a love for classic pop. Well worth investigating.