CompanyÂ of ThievesÂ debut first song in 6 years:Â Treasure
premiering onÂ Consequence of Sound
+Â tour dates this September
Fresh off the announce of their reunion tour earlier this month, indie groupÂ Company of ThievesÂ today release their new song, “Treasure” – the first new music from the band in 6 years.
The news comesÂ 10 years after their independently recorded and self-released debut record, â€œOrdinary Richesâ€ was released. Premiering on Consequence of Sound, the track “Treasure” is a triumphant return for the three-piece, comprised ofÂ Genevieve Schatz, Marc Walloch and ChrisÂ Faller.
Brooding guitars and Schatzâ€™s smoky vocals create an atmosphere akin to being caught up in a purple haze. The feelings of apprehension and anxiety are a direct result of the turmoil of our current political climate, as Schatz tellsÂ Consequence of Sound.
Schatz says the song is â€œa call-to-arms that was written immediately following the presidential election about being faced with a climate of fear and division and what can happen when you look inside yourself to find freedom and say yes to love.â€
She explained further: â€œWhen we went to record vocals, our set-up was in Marcâ€™s garage in LA and we were getting so much interference from radio frequencies but we didnâ€™t let that stop us â€” it was like our Chicago DIY roots all over again. As we turned on the microphone, a manâ€™s voice came on from a political radio station â€” he was talking about US citizensâ€™ constitutional right to assemble, and how people were coming together to march and protest like they did back in the 60â€™s. He kept angrily asking, â€˜Why are they doing this?â€™ We found his question to be a great mirror of the cultural divide and why our song was written in the first place, so instead of letting his voice silence us we decided to hit â€˜recordâ€™ anyway.â€
It was fate that brought two rebellious teenagers together on the train platform at Union Station in Chicago over a decade ago, as Company of Thievesâ€™Â founding members, Genevieve Schatz and Marc Walloch sat across from one anotherÂ and became fast friends over aÂ conversation about The Beatles. With two records, countless headlining tours,Â a late night television appearance, a charting alternative radio single â€œOscar Wildeâ€Â and a dream-come-true music biz discovery story under their belt, it seems that fateÂ thatÂ has brought the cult band back from hiatus.
The band quickly became a favorite amongst the Chicago indie rock community. After scrapingÂ togetherÂ recording funds,Â the kids took a riskÂ and independently released theirÂ debutÂ album â€œOrdinaryÂ Richesâ€Â Â in 2007.Â They soon played SXSW,Â got discovered andÂ re-released “OrdinaryÂ Riches” via Wind-Up Records in 2009,Â following up withÂ theirÂ sophomore LP, “RunningÂ FromÂ AÂ Gamble,” in 2011.Â
With industry and personal struggles, the bandÂ took a hiatus and decided to pursue other creative outletsÂ in 2013. GenevieveÂ went on to release a solo EP â€œShow Your Colorsâ€ and tours the materialÂ accompanied by Chris. Marc released a soloÂ record â€œThrough The Seasonsâ€Â under the monikerÂ Spill,Â and alsoÂ plays bass forÂ AWOLNATION. The time spent apart for the band was an importantÂ stepÂ inÂ each memberâ€™s journey to self-discovery, whether it be musical or personal, but ultimately,Â fate played itâ€™s hand of cards.
â€œWe had been playing musicÂ separatelyÂ and had been missing each other immensely.Â We wouldÂ run into each other at venues and showsÂ in LAÂ and get misty eyed,â€ says Gen of Marc. â€œOne night Chris and I were driving after a show and a car clipped the back of us. It was this moment where my life flashedÂ before my eyes, and I thought – oh my god, I miss Marc so much.â€
ShortlyÂ after,Â the bandÂ embarked on a camping trip, where theyÂ built a fire together and expressed their longingÂ to bring Company of Thieves back to life.
Whether it was on that train platform in ChicagoÂ on the highway inÂ LA, or in their DIY recording studio, fate had itâ€™s hand in bringing this esteemedÂ tribeÂ back together.Â As they say, you can never break the chain.
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