The Independent Thieves is a musical group hailing from Corpus Christi, Texas, consisting of guitar-playing singer/songwriters Garrett Wieland and David King, as well as bassist Derek Galvan and percussionist Eric Lara.
The musicians met at the weekly Executive Surf Club open-mic in downtown Corpus Christi, and soon began working on tunes together. Fans of classic rock, folk music, and Americana, the Thieves cite among their influences Van Morrison, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bob Dylan, and The Band.
Having started their musical careers in raucous electric bands (where they could never hear themselves), the focus of this new group is to pare down the instruments and work on the songs, songs that tell stories. No frills, no smoke and mirrors, just good tunes. The songs feature a blend of acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, drums, harmonica, and their close vocal harmonies. The group is currently working on a new album, a follow-up to 2015’s Letter from the End of the World.