Summer Thieves

Summer Thieves


Known for their ability to start the party with their indie-pop inspired tunes, Summer Thieves have gone from playing Dunedin house parties to NZ’s biggest stages, with 2021 bringing the release of their new album Paradise Down The Road.

Cutting their teeth as a “Scarfie” covers band in NZ’s deep-south, Summer Thieves quickly began performing originals as their fanbase expanded. After releasing a run of singles, 2017 saw the release of their debut album, Warped, a 12-track journey laced with catchy hooks & hypnotic rhythms produced by Tiki Taane. The following years saw the band become a regular on the festival circuit, with multiple performances across the likes of Rhythm & Vines, Bay Dreams, Rhythm & Alps & Soundsplash.

2020 saw the band return with an extended five-piece lineup, and the release of their anticipated follow-up EP, Bandaids & Lipsticks. The EP saw them expanding their indie sound, incorporating more of a polished-pop feel, while continuing to embrace their party-starting roots.

Late-2021 saw Summer Thieves return with the single, ‘Saturday Night’. Leaning into the indie-rock aspect of their sound, the track is built around a bassline that sticks with you after listening, alongside The Strokes-style guitars interplaying the vocals. Co-written with Joel Shadbolt & Brad Kora (L.A.B) ‘Saturday Night’ showcased their maturing sound.

Their second album, Paradise Down The Road, was released November 2021.  The album moves effortlessly across all aspects of their sound, bringing together elements of pop, rock, blues, indie & even tinges of hip-hop & gospel. 

Upcoming Releases

Paradise Down The Road, album released November 2021

Live Options

Jake Barton – Guitar & Vocals
Jarni Blair – Guitar
Izzy Bones – Keys & Guitar
Adam Spencer - Bass
Johnny Ward – Drums & Vocals

Live Highlights

Bay Dreams 2021 & 2019, Soundsplash 2021, Le Currents 2020, Homegrown, Rhythm & Vines 2016 & 2015, Rhythm & Alps 2015, Electric Avenue 2017, sold-out seven date NZ tour 2020, support for L.A.B, Six60, Ocean Alley, Peking Duk & Hermitude