Sunday, August 7, 2016

At The Barn

Summer being summer, everyone is away enjoying the sunshine and wouldn't be crazy enough to waste a glorious summer day cooped up in a barn rehearsing. Stealer is no exception - we waited until the evening. Yesterday evening, to be precise, when we had a very rare meeting of the entire band, simultaneously, all together, at once, and at the same time. Here we are, well, at it.
We got four three four new numbers together for your amusement for the autumn gigging season, which starts on Friday 9 September at the Grapes in Bury St Edmunds. A highlight for our Norfolk fans will be Friday30 September at the Brickmakers - please come, and bring a charabanc.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

There are doings afoot in the world of Stealer.

For the past four years we have enjoyed the use of a sumptuously appointed rehearsal facility known only as the Secret Location. This summer the Secret Location is undergoing some refurbishment so the proprietors have kindly offered us the use of a different Location.

This new Location is so Secret that some members of the band cannot yet find it reliably, and even after they have found it require directions on how to get back to the rest of the world. Here is a picture (by Craig) of its expansive spaces ...
... and here is Kevin testing some of its facilities. How we laughed on the way to A&E.
Meanwhile, guitarist Gary has added a little something to the range of colourful metal boxes at his feet that packs a punch quite out of proportion to its tiny size. In accordance with the current mood of secrecy, he hasn't allowed its precise nature to be documented on the band biog page, preferring to refer to it as his Secret Ingredient.

While all this has been going on we have been trying out some new material with which to refresh our set for the upcoming autumn season. Needless to say details of this new material are entirely secret.

Our gig list, however, is not. You can find all the dates on our gig page, and we hope to see at least some of you at some of them. For the hard-of-linking, here they are, below. Why not out print this list and stick to some handy surface (Fridge/Forehead/Cat/Other, delete as applicable) as a reminder?

We start on Friday 9th September at the Grapes in Bury St Edmunds, but for those of you closer to Norwich we recommend you come see us at the Brickmakers on Friday 30 September. Bring a friend. Or bring two friends. Bring a busload of friends. If you haven't got as many friends as that, pull random people in off the street. It's a big place, and we'd like to fill it. If you can't wait until then for a dose of Stealer, you can listen to recent live tracks on our audio page.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Rockin' The Reefs

We always get a terrific welcome at the Reefs Bar in Sea Palling and last night was no exception. It was a big night for us as it was the long awaited debut of our new frontman Terry 'Smurf' Sullivan. We thought it went brilliantly, but there's no need to take our word for it - you can listen to a selection here. To add pictures to the sounds, here are some snaps from photographer Hannah Carter - you can email her here if you'd like her to snap your event.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Smurf 'n' Turf

Thanks to Paul Noon who joined us at the microphone at the Kings Arms in North Walsham yesterday (Saturday 7 May). Here he is in full Rock Star mode.
... Our next date is at the Reefs Bar in Sea Palling on Saturday 21 May, where you'll be in for a treat. That's when Terry 'Smurf' Sullivan will be joining us as our new permanent front-thing. Here he is rehearsing with us earlier today at the Secret Location.
If Smurf's name seems familiar to you, it should - he has almost gigged with us twice before, but life and circumstances got in the way. So it's third time lucky! Those who have heard him know that he's a power pack of a vocalist. He's played more gigs than most of us have had hot dinners. A founder member of eighties metallers Tobruk, he's played with just about everyone, everywhere. For the past twenty years he's fronted Essex band The Donkeys, but since that band was sent to the glue factory he hasn't found a suitable replacement.

And as those of us who know us will know, we've found it hard to find a suitable long-term singer. It seems like a match made in heaven. We are really, really privileged to have him on board.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Tonight (Saturday 7 May) we're at the King's Arms in North Walsham, with Paul Noon lending us his dulcet pipes!