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“Punk’s Not Dead”
When The Exploited sang those words in 1981, it was a declaration from the last group of punk rock survivors to make their presence known before it was too late.
30 years later, the battle cry for true punk rockers is not coming from the UK or New York City, but from Sin City itself, as Las Vegas’ Surrounded By Thieves (SBT) have arrived to deliver music that issues a hard-hitting, yet energetic and melodic statement that stays true to a form of music that today bears little resemblance to that which took over the world in the late 70’s.
Formed in 2010, SBT, whose members include Brandon Buck on lead vocals and guitar, Eric Raleigh on guitar and vocals, Eric Laux on bass and vocals, and Rich Castro on drums, unleash a politically driven and personally motivated punk rock that embraces the roughneck, punching and kicking style that has somehow been lost in today’s pop-dominated world, and music fans around Nevada have responded to high energy sets that have made the band a must see.
Evoking the sound and feel of Pennywise, the style and energy of The Ramones, and the driving ballads of Social Distortion, SBT released their first CD, Prophecies of Greed, in November of 2011. Containing 13 blistering and eclectic tracks that feature topical lyrics and undeniable hooks, this debut effort has been a hit among reviewers.
Said Jason Bracelin of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “This is a backs-against-the-wall kind of record, something to be blasted to make the neighbors as pissed off as SBT often sounds… Prepare to break a sweat — or a few knuckles.”
Other great reviews for this record have come from AMP Magazine, Punknews.org, and Onethirtyeight.org.
“These guys remind me of some classic California Punk bands like The Faction, Bad Religion, or even Mad Parade – hard, fast, loud, punk rock with a bit of a pop slant to it… It’s bands like Surrounded By Thieves who are keeping the whole ‘Punk’ thing alive and viable out here in Las Vegas…” Onethirtyeight.org
“A dozen songs of driving, melodic hardcore, with a healthy political bent.” – Amp Magazine
“…they do achieve over the dozen tracks here (13 if you count the “hidden” track) is provide a no-nonsense, no bullshit blend of melodic punk rock which has its origins in bands such as Pennywise and Bad Religion whilst also reminding me of Canada’s the Rebel Spell…Surrounded By Thieves delivered a good, strong album full of melodic punk rock.” Punknews.org
Hitting the road as often as possible SBT has played Northern NV, Northern CA, Southern CA, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona, and has opened for such bands as Guttermouth, Authority Zero, and The Queers. Surrounded by Thieves stands for what punk rock used to be, proving that Punk’s Not Dead – it’s still very much alive and well, at least in Las Vegas.