Artist info


Indie, Pop

Sounds like

Arcade Fire, Alexandra Savior, Sparklehorse

band members

Zac Coligan, Jed Palmer, Zoe Barry, Tom Spall, Justin Hermes, Aidan Moyse, Josh Trezise


Amen Dunes, Alexandra Savior, The National, Corridor

Unearthed artists we like

West Thebarton



The sea thieves are a collective helmed by Zac Coligan, a South Australian born musician who has never strayed too far from shore.
Zac has been involved in Adelaide's rich live music scene for many years, starting his first band "the miltons" in the early 90's. This alt pop outfit gained a strong following, favourable press and played large festivals and many international supports. The Miltons were the very first local act to grace the main stage at the 1994 Big Day Out. After “the miltons” disbanded, Zac saw out the 90's playing atmospheric & experimental rock in the next outfit "Bergerac". Another project warmly received and understood by the good people of SA.

In 2002 Zac and his future wife Naomi Thompson saw a problem with the state of the live music scene in Adelaide and decided to start their own venue "The Jade Monkey".
Despite the time commitments and pressures of owning and running a live music venue the sea thieves began in the early 00's as a duo. Zac and Naomi recorded early demos a on 4-track tape recorder and then utilised the Jade Monkey's 100 year old building to record their debut album "hiding in the shade". Recorded, mixed and produced by Zac, this Lo-fi post folk record
caught the attention of Australia's biggest independent record label "Inertia" and was released in May 2007. HITS received great reviews & gained considerable exposure and momentum through iTunes.
The sea thieves sophomore record "they will run" was released in 2011 on Big Rig Records. Zac enlisted long time friend and musical collaborator Jed Palmer and once again captured the sounds in the beautiful old Jade bluestone building (that is sadly no longer around). This project gave Zac the opportunity to put together a band and work on the sea thieves project as a fully fledged live experience.
Now in 2020 we see the long awaited release of “Disquiet”. A collaborative songbook of music that showcases the evolution of The Sea Thieves. This assured and layered record is, at it’s core, about simple songs made into soundscapes and is The Sea Thieves best work to date .