Band Members: Tim Lester - Vocals & Guitar David Gabriel - Bass & Vocals Pete More - Guitar Sheldon Yoko - Drums
Genre: Stadium indie
Bicycle Thief began as a solo project by vocal artist Tim Lester. When childhood friends and fellow musicians David Gabriel and Pete More expressed interest in joining the band, the three began work on a more collaborative sound. Drum major Sheldon Yoko joined as the fourth member of Bicycle Thief.
At the dawn of 2011 the band has released an ongoing open source EP entitled When Planets Collide which includes singles such as ‘Goodbye Ian Curtis’, and ‘Io’ via their soundcloud page.
The music has been described as authentically South African with a focus on Cape Town in terms of inspiration.
“We just want to write some good songs; that’s what we’re about - Pure unadulterated strong song writing,” says Lester.
The band takes influence from a rich history of pop and rock from the likes of The Who, Hendrix, and Led Zeplin, to The Cure, Joy Division, Depeche Mode and U2.
“We are South African. And with that in mind I personally take alot of influences from my country in terms of its music and its history. Bands like Fokof tapped into an authentically South African sound because they were accessing a unique and indigenous culture through its language. Guys like aKING and Johnny Clegg did the same, but in English. . It’s with this attitude that we write music. It starts at home, and ends wherever it ends up.” – Lester