Upon first listen, Harvest Thieves' native Texan roots show through. The band's well-crafted lyrics are confessional yet fluid, and they paint with strokes that put you squarely into a story - in a way that eases a relation to your own.
As The Sparks Fly Upward was written and recorded over a four-year period that witnessed the arrival and passing of the pandemic. Rather than a record about the ills of confinement and separation, the album survives more as a living document of the strangeness and aberration that occurred. A fitting commentary on societal upheaval in the face of some surreal American sensibility.
With potent storytelling, a smattering of rollicking guitars and fiddle playing, colorful harmonies, and the occasional honky-tonk tune, Harvest Thieves gather the most vulnerable details of their crossroads and recount their experience in a manner that provides an openness and honesty that most artists never approach.
The Austin based alt-country six-piece keeps busy, bringing their barroom swagger and swirling balladry to the streets of their hometown and beyond.
Harvest Thieves is Cory Reinisch (vocals, guitar), Wes Cargal (percussion), Mike Mangalindan (bass, vocals), Annah Fisette (keys, mandolin, vocals), Michael Gibson (lead guitar), and Dustin Meyer (multi-instrumentalist).