Company of Thieves
Smashing Pumpkins, Fiona Apple, Heartless Bastards
Energy. Company of Thieves has it in spades, as their rollicking live shows and foot-stomping albums attest to. Morphing from virtual unknowns into an indie powerhouse in a few short years isn’t easy, but it seems to come naturally for a group that now counts Daryl Hall as a fan. A band in the truest sense of the word, their unified approach bleeds into their music, letting lead singer Genevieve Schatz’s potent vocal abilities ride the wave of boozy, aggressive instrumentation that regularly feels like a throwback to a time when people just wanted to rock out and get lost in the squall of a guitar.
In 2005, Genevieve met guitarist Marc Walloch and wrote the songs that would later become the band’s first album, Ordinary Riches, which would see an independent release in 2007. With the band now at five members, they were signed to Wind-up Records and the album was re-released in 2009. They toured relentlessly off that album, receiving a number of accolades along the way, with lead single, “Oscar Wilde,” being featured as an iTunes Discovery Download as well as being aired on an episode of the TV show Gossip Girl.
Dodging the dreaded sophomore slump, the band released their follow-up, Running from a Gamble on May 17th of this year, taking a clear step forward from an already stellar debut. They are currently touring the U.S., so if you get the chance to see them, take it. You won’t be disappointed.