VIDEO PREMIERE: Tejon Street Corner Thieves Cut Loose With Rowdy Trash-grass Anthem “Whiskey”

Photo credit: Mountain Trout Photography

Outlaw Alt-Folk group Tejon Street Corner Thieves hails from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, bringing new energy to the Bluegrass genre by mingling darker subjects and tones with depth-driven lyricism and performative musicianship.

The musicians behind Tejon have been playing together since 2013, where they gained momentum in the local Colorado scene with accolades and press coverage around the state, spanning from Colorado Springs’ Colorado Springs Gazette to Denver’s 303 Magazine. Honing their craft on the streets busking for change, the band’s original take on a traditional genre has been a breath of fresh air. The Tejon Street Corner Thieves on stage shenanigans and over-the-top live performances have made them a cannot miss show.

The band eventually caught the eye of Banjo-attacking murder folk troubadour Amigo The Devil and signed to his recently-launched record label Liars Club.Tejon Street Corner Thieves, signed with Amigo The Devil new imprint in 2020 and have been amassing a cult-like following for their unique brand of whiskey fueled folk and bluegrass ever since.

Tejon Street Corner Thieves have just announced a follow-up to their album Stolen Goods which came out earlier this year– the new LP Thick As Thieves is set to release on May 20th. The 12-track album was recorded at Royal Recordings in Colorado Springs with producer Bill Douglas (Veruca Salt, Smashing Pumpkins and more).

Thick As Thieves adds a newfound sound that compliments the Tejon Street Corner Thieves whiskey-soaked anthems. Twisting together a unique blend of Americana, folk, and bluegrass, there is depth, complexity, and authenticity that elevates Thick As Thieves to a whole new sonic spectrum.

Today Glide is excited to premiere the video for the standout track “Whiskey,” a song that truly lives up to its name with plenty of rowdy hijinks ensuing. Starting off solemn with plenty of shot-taking at the bar, the song quickly ramps up into a loose and lively trash-grass jam that brings together punk, drinking songs, and of course some damn fine picking. Group chants make this something of a drinking anthem, alluding to the kind of scenario that can quickly spiral out of control. The band captures this in the video, which portrays these two revelers taking their inebriation to the extreme with plenty of fiddle to keep tensions high.

Shawn D’Amario describes the inspiration behind the tune:

“I wrote whiskey after experiencing loss and becoming homeless. I didn’t have much going for me at the time so I turned to drinking (more than I was already). And well, the only thing I enjoyed drinking was whiskey. The song is almost a thank you to whiskey for being there for me even when I couldn’t be there for myself.”

Watch the video and read our chat with the band below…

The music video is a pretty wild heist with you guys robbing a bar. Tell us a bit about the video and can you share any memorable moments from the shoot?

Connor: We had a ton of fun with the shoot! The most memorable scene was probably the dream sequence. I had to be dunked underwater in two separate lakes on two separate occasions to get the drowning effect! Staging the heist was a blast. We probably had a little too much fun with props and wardrobe, but the result is a lighthearted video that suits our style and personality!

Tell us a bit about the new album Thick As Thieves and what makes this different from previous releases?

Connor: This is the moment we’ve been waiting for! We’ve been working on this album since before covid hit. It’s a continuation of our Demons EP, our first release with Liars Club Records. This is our best work to date in terms of production, instrumentation, and song writing. We brought in some secret weapons for a couple songs and included some instruments never before heard on our tracks. We took our classic style and expanded on it to make it something truly unique.

Last year you completed a 50+ plus city tour with Amigo The Devil across the USA. What was that experience like touring during the pandemic and how did it impact the shows and fans?

Shawn: Touring with Amigo the Devil was nothing short of amazing. Despite the tour being in the middle of a pandemic the shows were still very full and fun and the fans were more than happy to hang with us. We sold out numerous venues and made so many more friends. Can’t wait until the next one

Connor: The venues and staff made it seamless too. They did a great job keeping the shows safe and rad! It was interesting seeing how different cities handled covid protocol differently, and inspiring to witness first-hand the creativity and cooperation involved. The tour really lived up to the phrase “the show must go on”!

TOUR DATES:
Mar 24 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up **
Mar 25 – Frisco, CO – 10 Mile Music Hall **
Mar 26 – Frisco, CO – 10 Mile Music Hall **
Apr 01 – Buena Vista, CO – Surf Hotel
Jul 22 – Grand Junction, CO – Las Colonias Amp *
Jul 23 – Denver, CO Levitt Amp *
Jul 24 – Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Brewing *
Jul 26 – Cheyenne, WY 0 The Lincoln *
Jul 27 – Emigrant, MT – The Old Saloon *
Jul 28 – Missoula , MT – Big Sky Brewing *
Jul 31 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo *
Aug 02 – Boise, ID – Revolution *
Aug 0 3 – Sandy, UT – Sandy Amphitheater *
Aug 04 – Wichita, KS – Wave (Outdoors) *
Aug 05 – Kansas City, MO – Grinders *
Aug 06 – Tulsa, OK – Cains *
Aug 08 – St. Paul, MN – Palace Theatre *
Aug 09 – Green Bay, WI – Meyer Theatre *
Aug 11 – Cincinnati , OH – Riverfront Live *

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