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Canadian indie band Said the Whale robbed on tour

A photo of the indie band Said the Whale

Vancouver indie band Said The Whale was rocking a tour down the U.S. west coast when things came to a grinding halt in Sacramento: Thousands of dollars worth of equipment was stolen from their trailer.

Gone are two acoustic guitars, a snare drum, a synthesizer, two glockenspiels, a microphone, guitar pedals and other equipment worth about $4,000. Some of the band's luggage was also stolen - including cash and electronics - for a total estimated loss of $8,000.

Thieves cut the lock on their trailer, which was hitched to their van and parked outside the suburban home where they were spending the night after a show on Monday. The band made the discovery early Tuesday morning and has been combing local pawn shops looking for the equipment, and has also sent out an appeal for equipment donations so they can play their remaining shows - including dates in Los Angeles and at SXSW.

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Still, the band found the energy to create a video reenactment of the discovery, which has been posted to YouTube.

"We've got some shopping to do, needless to say," band co-founder Tyler Bancroft says in the video. "And it will set us back quite a bit. but I think our spirits are slightly higher than they were this morning."

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