The Pineapple Thief

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The Pineapple Thief
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Background information
Origin Yeovil, Somerset, England
Genres Progressive rock[1]
Years active 1999–present
Labels Kscope, Cyclops
Members Bruce Soord
Jon Sykes
Steve Kitch
Gavin Harrison
Darran Charles
Past members Keith Harrison
Wayne Higgins
Matt O'Leary
Dan Osborne

The Pineapple Thief is a progressive rock band, started by Bruce Soord in 1999 in Somerset, England. The band has released eleven studio albums.


Early years[edit]

Founder Bruce Soord started "The Pineapple Thief" as an outlet for his music back in 1999. Bruce released the debut Abducting the Unicorn on Cyclops records, which created enough interest to establish a small but loyal fan base. Soord returned to the Dining Room studios to work on the second album 137. During this time, several major labels started to take an interest, causing a delay in the release which arrived over two years after the debut. However, it was debatably the third album, Variations on a Dream that gave TPT the boost they needed, reaching out to yet more people all over the world, by which point TPT were consistently the top sellers on their label, Cyclops.

After this release in the spring of 2002 Bruce decided to form a band to take his music to the fans. The band consisted of his close musical friends – former university bandmate Jon Sykes on bass, Wayne Higgins on guitars, Matt O'Leary on keyboards and Keith Harrison on drums. As a full band, they released 12 Stories Down in 2004, but Bruce Soord was unhappy with the final sound and re-recorded, remixed and changed some of the tracks before the release of 10 Stories Down in 2005. Matt O'Leary subsequently left the band, but Steve Kitch (who co-produced and mixed 10 Stories Down) joined to play keyboards.

Following the release of Little Man in 2006, the band released What We Have Sown in late 2007 as a final Cyclops release before being signed to Kscope, a division of Snapper Music. In 2007 The Pineapple Thief's music featured on the final Episode of the MTV show The Hills (season 3). The song 'Snowdrops' can be heard on episode 28 during a scene between Lauren & Jo.[2]

Wayne Higgins left the band in March 2008, but the group continued as a four-piece live act, playing gigs across Europe, Canada and the US throughout much of the following years.

The Kscope years[edit]

In May 2008, The Pineapple Thief launched the Kscope label with the critically acclaimed album, Tightly Unwound, which was marked by launch shows at Witchwood in Manchester on 17 May 2008 and at the Water Rats Theatre in London on 22 May 2008. The same day as the album's release, a mini-documentary filmed at The Half Moon, London, was released through the band's website, featuring interviews and two exclusive live tracks.[3]

This was followed in 2009 by The Dawn Raids EPs and 3000 Days, a 2-CD re-mixed and re-mastered collection of songs from their ten-year history to date. In January 2010, their 2006 album, Little Man was also fully remixed by Bruce Soord and Steve Kitch and released through Kscope with new artwork. There are plans to gradually give all of their back catalogue the same treatment as the Cyclops albums are no longer available and sell for large sums in the second-hand market. 2009 also saw them supporting Riverside on the UK leg of their European tour.

Someone Here Is Missing was launched at a show at Bush Hall, London on 19 May 2010, whose attendees included Kscope labelmates Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree and Daniel Cavanagh of Anathema.[4] The album also features artwork by the legendary designer Storm Thorgerson. The album continues to nurture the band's trademark ‘bittersweet’ progressive sound.[5]

2010 saw a number of European festival appearances and a full 2-week tour of mainland Europe. This was recorded and released as the download-only album Someone Here Is Live.

The band entered the studio in January 2012 to record their ninth album, which included (for the first time) a 22-piece orchestra and choir. All the Wars was released in September 2012 and followed by a UK tour.[6]

On 8 February 2014 the band announced that Dan Osborne had replaced Keith Harrison on drums.[citation needed]

The Pineapple Thief's tenth studio album, Magnolia, was released on 15 September 2014. It peaked at number 55 on UK Album Chart[7]

In August 2016 the band released the album Your Wilderness, featuring Gavin Harrison on drums, through Kscope.[8][9]

In Summer 2018, the band will release their 12th studio album, Dissolution. Gavin Harrison returns on drums, this time taking a more active role in the songwriting. The band will embark on a European tour in September, with Gavin Harrison on drums, and Godsticks as the support act.[10]


Current members
  • Bruce Soord – vocals, guitars (1999–present)
  • Jon Sykes – bass (2002–present)
  • Steve Kitch – keyboards (2005–present)
  • Gavin Harrison - drums (2016–present)
  • Darran Charles - guitars (2016–present)
Former members
  • Keith Harrison – drums (2002–2013)
  • Wayne Higgins – guitars (2002–2008)
  • Matt O'Leary – keyboards (2002–2005)
  • Dan Osborne – drums (2013–2016)


Studio albums

Additional releases
  • 2001 – "Sherbert Gods" (7" single)
  • 2003 – Live (DVD featuring 10 live tracks and 4 new studio recordings)
  • 2004 – 12 Stories Down (preview edition of 10 Stories Down)
  • 2005 – 4 Stories Down (10 Stories Down sampler/EP)
  • 2008 – "Shoot First'"(maxi-single)
  • 2008 – Live at the Half Moon, Putney (Video)
  • 2009 – The Dawn Raids Volume 1 (4 Track EP)
  • 2009 – The Dawn Raids Volume 2 (4 Track EP)
  • 2009 – 3000 Days (Remastered compilation album)
  • 2010 – Nothing at Best (download only single)
  • 2010 – Show a Little Love (33 minute EP)
  • 2010 – Someone Here Is Live (download only live album from the October 2010 Europe tour)
  • 2013 – Build a World (25 minute EP)
  • 2013 – Live at the 013 (download only live album)
  • 2013 – Introducing the Pineapple Thief (compilation album)
  • 2014 – Live 2014 (recorded at De Boerderij in the Netherlands during the Magnolia European tour in November, 2014)
  • 2017 – Where We Stood (live album from the European winter tour)
  • 2017 – Abducted at Birth (Debut album Abducting the Unicorn with its original title, remastered + 1 bonus track)
Music Videos
  • 2008 – Shoot First
  • 2010 – Nothing at Best
  • 2010 – Show a Little Love
  • 2010 – Someone Here is Missing
  • 2012 – All the Wars
  • 2012 – Someone Pull Me Out of Here
  • 2013 – Build a World
  • 2014 – Simple as That
  • 2014 – A Sense of Fear
  • 2016 – In Exile
  • 2017 – Where We Stood (concert film from London featuring Gavin Harrison)
  • 2018 – Try As I Might


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