Company of Thieves (band)

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Company of Thieves
Company of Thieves 01B.jpg
Company of Thieves performing in March 2009 with former bassist Bob Buckstaff.
Background information
Origin Chicago, Illinois, USA
Genres Indie rock, alternative rock
Years active 2007 (2007)—2014
Website www.companyofthieves.net
Members Genevieve Schatz
Marc Walloch
Chris Faller
Eitan Bernstein

Company of Thieves was an indie rock group from Chicago, Illinois. The band was founded by Genevieve Schatz (vocals) and Marc Walloch (guitar). Their first album, Ordinary Riches, was released independently on May 29, 2007.[1] After signing with Wind-up Records[2] the album was digitally re-released on January 6, 2009. A CD release was made available on February 24, 2009.[3] Their second album, Running from a Gamble, was released on May 17, 2011. The band announced they had no plans to record any new music as of January 9, 2014.

History[edit]

They have been featured as an iTunes Discovery Download for their song "Oscar Wilde",[4] as well as in their Indie Spotlight: Rock/Alternative – featuring the album alongside the recommended track, "Pressure".

The band's debut album Ordinary Riches debuted on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart at No. 5.[5] They also won the 2007 New York Songwriters Circle contest for their song, "Oscar Wilde".[6]

In January 2009, Genevieve and Marc appeared on "Live From Daryl's House", Daryl Hall's monthly Internet concert, as Company of Thieves. They performed "Pressure", "Even In The Dark", "Past the Sleep" and "Around The Block" from their debut album, along with Hall & Oates songs "Starting All Over Again" and "Everytime You Go Away", as well as other covers. They also performed on Last Call with Carson Daly in February.

Company of Thieves' single "Oscar Wilde" was featured on "Gossip Girl: Real NY Stories Revealed" as part of the Dove Go Fresh campaign,[7] as well as being aired during an episode of Gossip Girl.

Their second album, Running from a Gamble, was released on May 17, 2011. The lead-off single, "Death of Communication", was released on March 15, 2011.

The band went through several line-up changes during its history. They began as a trio with founding members Genevieve Schatz and Marc Walloch alongside drummer Mike Ortiz. In 2011 Ortiz posted a formal letter to his fans on the official website of Company of Thieves stating his decision to depart from the band. Chris Faller (former bassist of The Hush Sound) was used as bassist on Company of Thieves' last album, "Running from a Gamble". Faller played drums for the band's live performances after Mike Ortiz left along with bassist Marcin Sulewski. On their 2012 tour, Company of Thieves appeared with Chris Faller as bassist on stage along with a new drummer. Eitan Bernstein did not play keyboards on the second album, but toured with the band as the official keyboardist.

On January 9, 2014, an official e-mail was sent by Genevieve confirming that there were no plans to record any further Company of Thieves albums.

Members[edit]

  • Genevieve Schatz – Vocals
  • Marc Walloch – Guitar
  • Chris Faller – Bass
  • Eitan Bernstein – Keys

Former members[edit]

  • Dorian Duffy – Bass Guitar[8]
  • Mike Ortiz - Drums
  • Scott Heatherly - Keyboards
  • Jimmy Ratke - Drums
  • Brad Sawicki - Bass
  • Mike Maimone - Keys
  • Bob Buckstaff - Bass
  • Marcin Sulewski - Bass

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[9]
US
Alt

[10]
US
Heat

[11]
US Rock
[12]
Ordinary Riches 162 5
Running From a Gamble
  • Released: May 17, 2011
  • Label: Wind-up Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
97 12 25
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Album
2009 "Oscar Wilde" Ordinary Riches
2009 "Pressure" Ordinary Riches
2011 "Death of Communication" Running From a Gamble
2011 "Tallulah" Running From a Gamble

EPs[edit]

The Acoustic EP (2007)

Awards[edit]

Independent Music Awards 2012: Running from a Gamble - Best Indie/Alt. Album[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sonicbids.com/2/EPK/?epk_id=83812
  2. ^ [1], plug in music – Company of Thieves Signs with Wind-up Records Press Release
  3. ^ http://thedeadhub.com/2009/01/23/company-of-thieves-ordinary-riches-to-debut-at-number-5-on-billboard-heatseekers-chart/
  4. ^ [2], welikeit.indie
  5. ^ [3], Billboard.biz Artist Index
  6. ^ [4], BMI News – NY Songwriters Circle Contest
  7. ^ [5], Dove Go Fresh – Real NY Stories on The CW Website
  8. ^ http://nbc5streetteam.wordpress.com/2007/06/27/in-good-company/
  9. ^ "Company of Thieves Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Company of Thieves Album & Song Chart History - Alternative Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 27, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Company of Thieves Album & Song Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 10, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Company of Thieves Album & Song Chart History - Rock Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 27, 2011. 
  13. ^ "11th Annual Independent Music Awards Winners Announced!" Independent Music Awards, 2 May 2012. Retrieved on 4 Sept. 2013.

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