The Gentlemen Thieves are a pop-punk band hailing from Toronto, Canada. Forged from their passion for music and angst that comes from youth, their songs showcase sharp lyrics, rhythmic punches, and blistering melodies that perfectly complement their highly energetic live performances. “Uncertainties”, their explosive debut album, is a lethal dose of nostalgic sounds, fused with fresh offerings of punk, pop, rock, and ska. Engineered and co-produced by pop-punk alumni Dave “Brownsound” Baksh (SUM 41, Organ Thieves, Black Cat Attack), mixed by Tyler Gardiner (The Penske File), and mastered by the infamous Steve Rizun (The Flatliners, The Creepshow), every track is sure to leave you singing & humming for weeks. Having toured the album from coast-to-coast Canada, The Gentlemen Thieves are consistently proving to new audiences why they are what pop-punk has been missing. Ken Taylor vocals & guitar
David Huzyk guitar & vocals Dylan Ramstead bass & vocals and Thomas Lesnick – drums
Check out their brand new single”Your Beauty is Not Forgotten” and find out why this song became their single.
Why did you select this song as your current single?
“Your Beauty Is Not Forgotten” was one of, if not the song from our new album “Uncertainties” that turned out best. It has high energy, is very punchy, and has very expressive lyrics, all while maintaining the tightness and catchiness that we love to convey in our music. It’s a blast to perform live, and is usually a crowd favourite.
How does this single relate to the rest of the Album, EP or Mix-tape?
Our album “Uncertainties” has an over-arching theme of throwing yourself into the unknown. It may be trying to figure out where you stand as an adult, and what you want to do with your life. In this case, “Your Beauty Is Not Forgotten” relates to a relationship, and putting everything you have into it, but not knowing how it will develop or turn out.
What was the writing process for the song?
Ken (vocals, guitar) came to the band with the core of the song written. As a band, we ended up reworking it a couple different times over the past few years. It was when we entered the studio to work on pre-production, however, was where the final form of the song came. Our producer Dave Baksh had a lot of great insight into the song, and really helped us shape it and tighten it into what it is now today.
What does this song’s lyric mean to you?
While the lyrics of this song are not directly personal, Ken was able to draw inspiration from previous experiences in his life. It’s more of a third person story. It’s written from the perspective of a man who is literally doing anything he can to impress and keep the girl of his dreams. His distortion of this “picture-perfect” relationship causes strain however, as he realizes that everything that he is putting in is not being reciprocated. This realization comes to fruition in the chorus, where even though the protagonist feels beaten by his infatuation, he doesn’t owe it to anyone to change who he is. “Seasons change and feelings fall and your beauty is not forgotten. Yeah, I wish you well. What do I owe you? you don’t own me.”
What would it be like to see you in person performing this song?
It would be a hell of a time! It’s one of our more explosive numbers, so we reciprocate that with our movement on stage. It’s always a higher-energy moment of our live show. There’s some good gang vocal opportunities as well, so the crowd is welcome to participate.
Could your fans summarize who you are as an artist by this song?
Yes, more-so than any of our other songs. I don’t think our band could be summarized in just one song, but you definitely get the idea of what we are about after listening to it. There’s an element of those nostalgic sounds from pop-punk back from the 90’s/early 2000’s, but also a bit more modern footprint on it, with the extra layering’s of lead guitars, harmonics, feedback, and gang vocals. It’s punchy, yet catchy, with lyrics you can hopefully relate to in your personal life.
Is there a video planned and or completed and if so, what was the idea behind the video?
We actually just released a music video for this song back in September. With our first music video, “Don’t Worry”, we did this very fun and creative live-action lyric video. The reception and feedback from it was overly positive, so we felt a lot of pressure for our next video to climb to that same level. David (guitar, vocals) had directed, produced and edited the first video, so we trusted him to do this one as well. He had always wanted to do a video that had a lot of quick editing and scene changes, in the style of Youtuber Nathan Barnatt. Dylan (bass, vocals) also had the idea of doing something with glow sticks, after watching the music video for “Flashlight” by The Front Bottoms. David had remembered a friend of his from high-school dressing up as a stick figure for Halloween one year using glow sticks, and that’s when we adapted the idea to outline our entire bodies and instruments with glow sticks for the breakdown of the song. Overall, it turned out really well. It has a lot of replay value, as there is so much going on, and it goes by so quickly. Every time you watch it you’ll find something new.
One last question, what is your motivation behind your music?
Growing up, we all fell in love with the same types of bands. As we matured however, we all branched off into different genres. Since forming the band, what’s been great though is getting together and reconnecting over our love for all those bands again. We feel like the modern pop-punk scene has gotten a bit saturated, and very linear. Our goal is to bring something refreshing to the pop punk scene, by bringing back those nostalgic sounds, at the same time infusing them with our more modern influences.