Thievery Corporation. Photo: Andrzej Liguz
The influential dub and electronic producing duo,Thievery Corporation, have never been to Utah before, but their group finally landed in Red Butte Garden to a huge swirl of smoke and approval.
The new tracks from Culture of Fear are very relevant, and the messages are clear—appropriate coming from a group founded in DC. As Garza says. “If you can get people to question the things around them, even just a little bit, that’s not such a bad thing.” Most were too caught up in the beats and sounds to distinguish the message, but it was clear to the audience with ears: “wake up, listen anew, we need a change, now.” As Hilton has previously expressed, “Everyone is afraid of everything ... People are living like wimps. The terror level is always at orange. Now we’ve got body scanners in airports. Somehow the whole country’s been spun into this pointless web of fear.”
Fortunately for us, this new album, and the sounds from a band that can genuinely move a crowd with a message, are harbingers of a new age in music—a callback to the ‘60s message-based rockers—and a part of a growing movement for global consciousness. Gods bless Thievery Corporation.