Welcome to the world of the Candle Thieves - a very wonderful, weird and whimsical place. Deep thinkers can lose themselves here in gentle, poppy pleasures, and enjoy soft-hearted sentiments with sinister undertows. The band that made this world together is the brainchild of two serious songwriters, who wear big, thick-framed glasses, walk out onto the stage to the sound of the Jaws theme tune, set off bubble machines, and play glockenspiels, toy pianos, shakers and snares. They summon up the spirits of Eels, Sufjan Stevens, and the Lucksmiths in their sounds, but make wonderful songs that are utterly their own.
But who are these strange characters? They are Scott McEwan and the mysterious man who hides behind the moniker, The Glock, - two sixth form friends from Peterborough, who studied music together at college. They lost touch with each other when they left the school gates, and started to pursue the rock and roll dream. Scott McEwan became the lead singer of a rock band, while The Glock played in a Keane-like pop group that had a top 40 hit. Both have toured the world and tasted the high life, but both craved the chance to make music that was more simple and intimate.
Soon, the Candle Thieves' very own brand of wonky, yet heartfelt, commercial pop, began to take shape. They started experimenting with new instruments, and found out they was something truthful and sweet about a man in his mid-20s pouring his heart out over a toy piano, or experimenting with gentle melodies on a Casio keyboard. They realised they could turn their little gigs into special events by handing out chocolates, setting off party poppers - and then shifting people's expectations by singing songs about nightmares and acute anxieties. More than anything, both boys wanted their music to make people sit up and notice them, and offer a brighter alternative to bands who simply walked onto stage with acoustic guitars, then watched people switch off.
The Candle Thieves come towards us with welcoming arms, singing songs about the strangeness of life that are touched ever so beautifully with hope, light and love. They make music for people who want more from bands, but who are still young at heart. They write for people who are tired of rock's bravado and brimstone, and who want more intimate sentiments to snag their souls and their minds. They may have spent their lives treading very different paths, and exploring life's different corners, but the simple pleasure of music has brought them home to its bright, lovely roots. And now - lucky us - it's our time to get thieving.