Darling Thieves

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Darling Thieves
Also known asI Hate Kate (2004-2010)
OriginHuntington Beach, California
GenresAlternative rock, pop punk
Years active2004–present
Associated actsZebrahead
MembersJustin Mauriello
Scott Hayden
Mike Lund
Past membersJeremy Berghorst
AJ Condosta
Ed Davis

Darling Thieves, formerly known as I Hate Kate, is an American alternative rock band from Huntington Beach, California, United States. The band was founded in November 2004 by former Zebrahead frontman Justin Mauriello.[citation needed]


Justin Mauriello started I Hate Kate in 2004, while still in Zebrahead, as a creative outlet. The band has seen a steady rise in success. I Hate Kate played with bands such as Social Distortion, Chevelle, Hot Hot Heat, The Bravery, The Living End, My Chemical Romance, Unwritten Law, Secondhand Serenade, and Shiny Toy Guns. Tours have taken them throughout the U.S., Canada, and Japan.[citation needed]

In December 2007, the band with record producer Mark Trombino recorded new songs and remixed previous tracks. They released their first full-length album, Embrace the Curse, on June 24, 2008 under Glassnote Records. In early 2010, the band recorded an album entitled Race to Red, with producer Lee Miles. The band released the first single off the album, "Free Without You", on January 12, 2010. They have released music videos for "Free Without You" and "Unspoken".

In June 2010, a woman named Kate, after whom the band was named, left frontman Justin Mauriello an angry voicemail about the use of her name for the band and threatening legal action.[citation needed] The band felt it was in their best interest to change their name to Darling Thieves, under which name the new album was released on June 17, 2010.

As Darling Thieves they have been headlining their own shows and sharing the stage with The Smashing Pumpkins, Chevelle, OK Go, Anberlin, Flobots, and Hollywood Undead.

Darling Thieves have been on a hiatus since 2012, while members of the band raise their children. Meanwhile, Justin Mauriello released a solo EP "How's Life In California?", recorded in Nashville, Tennessee. On March 16, 2016, the band debuted a new single, "Get It", their first release since The Extended Play EP, on a local radio station.



as I Hate Kate
Date of Release Title
April 4, 2007 Embrace the Curse
2006 Act One (EP)
as Darling Thieves
Date of Release Title
June 17, 2010 Race to Red
March 13, 2012 The Extended Play (EP)


as I Hate Kate
  • "Always Something" (2007)
  • "It's Always Better" a.k.a. "Always Something" (2008)
  • "Bed of Black Roses" (2008)
  • "I'm In Love with a Sociopath" (2008)
as Darling Thieves
  • "Free Without You" (2010)
  • "Unspoken" (2010)
  • "Would You" (2012)
  • "Get It" (2016)
Other songs (unreleased)
  • "Sobriety Killed Society"
  • "Jolly St.Nick Brought Me Dick"
  • "Out On Me"
  • "Rewrite" (2012)


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