Our new friends over at Lomography gave us some of their cool cameras during the CMJ Music Marathon to document the week through the eyes of a couple of our favourite bands, one being Oklahoma's Horse Thief. The guys took some great photos around New York and Brooklyn, at the Bella Union showcase, and in their tour van, and we were lucky enough to spend some time hanging out during the week.
Their most recent record Fear In Bliss was recorded in LA with the production help of Thom Monahan (who has worked with our folk idols Devendra Banhart and Vetiver) and draws influences from being on the road touring and the wide open spaces of the midwest. Deeper than that, the lyrics deal with some of the anxieties and sadnesses in frontman Cameron Neal's life, but the album triumphs over this, and manages to encapsulate the uplifting theme of finding yourself and what you believe in.
Click the thumbnails to enlarge the photos, see our interview below with front-man Cameron Neal, and have a listen to their music below.
Tell us a little bit about you?
My name is Cameron Neal and I sing in a band called Horse Thief based out of Oklahoma City.
Was this your first time playing CMJ? And your first visit to New York City?
First time to CMJ! It was actually our fourth time to NYC in a span of a year
How was the marathon for you guys?
It was really different from most festivals we've played. I think the fact that its centered around lower east side makes it feels exactly what a festival in NYC should feel like. Exciting and fast paced.
Who were some of your favourite acts you managed to see throughout the week?
Running around and trying to catch as many bands as possible is always the challenge at festivals but luckily we got to catch Bombay Bicycle Club, Gold Lake, and all the lovely bands at the Bella Union showcase.
How about your favourite venue to play/visit?
Always enjoy playing/going to Bowery Presents venues, got to spend time at Terminal 5 and Mercury Lounge this time.
Got any favourite spots or hidden gems in the city we should know about?
We always find ourselves finding something new every time we go, staying in an AirBNB house down in Sheepshead bay ended up being the perfect get away from the city for the night.
New York is such a foodie paradise, what's the best thing you ate last week?
Always have to go to the meatball shop.
What's the most "New York" thing you've seen on this trip?
The honking, always amusing and perfectly timed. By the end we were honking along, I think it was a good emotional release.
What do you miss most about Oklahoma?
Obviously family and friends, but I think our studio in downtown is the thing we always love returning to. The nice getaway while your back home.
Where to next?
After this tour we have two days off then headed to Iceland/Europe to do a little run. Then back home to start working out the next album.
How was your experience shooting film?
Always been a fan of film and photography but never had a chance to really dive in. This was a cool way to kind of experiment.
What do you like the most about shooting Lomography cameras?
Feels easy to manage and set up, I enjoyed being able to slip it in and out of my jacket in the moment.