“... shooting viola lasers from the stage...”
— Wax Mannequin
Brothers John and Tony Kastelic left their home in the dusty prairies of southern Alberta and set up operation in the salt and rain of Vancouver, BC, creating the world's one-and-only stereo-viola folk rock band. Their music blends fiddle folk, rock n' roll, and a touch of disco for good measure.
They grew up playing classical music and fiddle together, but the brothers' first performance as a band was on the eve of the winter solstice, 2012. Some folks said that this winter solstice would be the end of the world, but every end is a beginning, and that night was a fiery beginning to the gutsy fiddle outfit Salt Thief.
Individually, John and Tony could each be a one man band. They hold down a rare groove with full baritone voices, shredding violas, and thunderous foot percussion. As a duo they are a force of nature. Joined by their band – Ross Christopher Fairbairn on upright bass and Paul Patko on drums – they lay claim to a sound that is raw, groovy, and impossibly unique.