Colorado Springs-based outlaw alt-folk group Tejon Street Corner Thieves have come a long way since their humble beginnings busking for change on the street. The group takes their name from a time when they were accused of stealing a corner on Tejon Street in Colorado Springs during a turf war between rival buskers.
Those days are now a distant memory after being the first act to sign to Amigo the Devil and Regime Music Group's burgeoning label Liars Club Records in early 2020. Since then, the group has released an EP (2020's ‘Demons’), a live acoustic record (2020's ‘Monarch Sessions’), an album of traditionals (2021's ‘Stolen Goods’), and a full-length studio album (2022's ‘Thick As Thieves’) under the label. A perfect concoction of songwriting and musicality, non-stop touring, and charming stage personas have allowed the band to build a grassroots following of "Tejomies" (the moniker affectionately given to their fans) across the globe.
The band is ready to take their project to the next level with their bold new studio album ‘Juxtaposition’. The 9-track opus was recorded at Royal Recordings in Colorado Springs with producer Bill Douglass and sees Tejon finding new ways to integrate an array of genres like Americana, Bluegrass, Folk and Punk into one confident record.
"The album is about life and death, love and loss, partying and sobriety. The album encompasses the wide range of emotions we’ve experienced over the life of our band," said vocalist/banjo player Connor O’Neal. "We explored the differences in our writing styles and combined them in a way that creates an ebb and flow of fun party jams and serious, and sometimes heartbreaking, Americana anthems. Inspired by our friends and family, the whole world was our canvas for ‘Juxtaposition’."
The album features an array of impressive tunes, like intense rock opener "Monster Truck Explosion Fuck", banjo-infused party anthem "Smoking Is Cool”, Americana heartbreaker “Can’t Remember”, and protest song “Blue Lives Murder”, which was written in the wake of Eric Garner’s death. "I wrote 'Blue Lives Murder' after the murder of another innocent man who died at the hands of police, and let my anger come out in this song," commented Tejon vocalist/guitar player Shawn D’Amario.
Outside of recorded music, Tejon Street Corner Thieves' live show is truly an unforgettable experience. Fans enjoy the party atmosphere and like to let loose a little– they may end up shirtless, crowd surf, or turn the crowd into a bluegrass mosh pit. Their live show has earned them tours with a diverse roster of artists that includes heavy hitting artists The Dead South, Amigo the Devil, and Trampled By Turtles. Tejon Street Corner Thieves’ unique genre blend defies categorization and has earned them slots on premier festivals like the inaugural Rebels & Renegades, Winter WonderGrass, Blue Ox Music Festival. The band will embark on not one, but two European tours in 2023, including a slot at Denmark’s Tønder Festival.
There is something fearless about embracing contrast and celebrating differences inside of music. Tejon Street Corner Thieves’ unique blend of Americana, Folk, Bluegrass, Punk (and a splash of whiskey) proves to fans that you can always find something interesting within the juxtaposition.