Psych-influenced indie rock quintet Horse Thief originally formed in Denton, Texas in 2006.
The bandmembers relocated to Oklahoma City in 2010 to attend the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, and during the summer before their first school year, they took a creative journey to Creede, Colorado. While working on songs there, they came across the name Horse Thief on a map of local hiking trails and felt the name connected well with their brand of sprawling psych-Americana. Led by singer/guitarist Cameron Neal, along with guitarist Alex Coleman, keyboardist Zach Zeller, bassist Cody Fowler, and drummer Alberto Roubert, Horse Thief released their debut LP, Grow Deep, Grow Wild, in early 2011 and were eventually signed to British indie Bella Union, where they became labelmates with one of their major influences, the Flaming Lips. Grow Deep, Grow Wild was re-released by Bella Union in 2013 and their second album, Fear in Bliss, followed in 2014. Created over a long year and a half of touring, their third album, Trials & Truths, was, according to the bandmembers, much closer to the sound they wanted. Taking the influence of groups like Sparklehorse and Flaming Lips but fashioning it into new and enticing shapes, the album arrived early in 2017, preceded by the delightful single "Another Youth." ~ Timothy Monger