Monday, September 20, 2010

Company Of Thieves:Ordanary riches review

My days of seeking the 'next new and amazing band that nobody has heard of' are starting to whither away as I realize the purchasing-power deficit that 30 year olds wield against the predominantly teeny-bopper driven Music Industry. However, much like love happening when you stop trying to find it or car keys reappearing after you've given up looking, finding Company of Thieves came into my life by a brilliant stroke of fortuity that was neither planned, intended, nor expected.

Genevieve Schatz is a revelation. Her voice is at one-time Bjork-like, without the kitschy, Icelandic pretense and at another a riveting and commanding Fiona Apple who (happily) doesn't expend all of her lyrics trying to prove how 'different' or 'unloveable' she is. Her onstage performances are intense and focused, as well as unencumbered by fear of any kind. Fear clearly does not exist in Ms. Schatz's dojo.

You can tell she gives it her all with every performance, never seeming to mind if she looks 'cool' while doing it. And yet - that kind of comfort and self-confidence is exactly what makes her so damned cool.

The band, and not to give them short shrift here, are equally intense and focused on nailing their performances. No offense to the guys, who do their jobs expertly and are clearly not just stage-fillers. Rather, they seem attuned to what their front-woman is doing, completely absorbed in the organic performance on a given night. It's just hard to pay attention to them while that Siren is on stage singing, unless of course, you're bound to a mast like Odysseus.

Luckily for those of you not able to catch them in concert, their debut CD - "Ordinary Riches" - masterfully captures a fair representation of what Company of Thieves is capable of. Whether it's their first single, "Oscar Wilde" with its insanely catchy chorus (or the acoustic version also found on the CD) or the strings-dominated and haunting "Fire Song", you too will know that Company of Thieves is capable of stealing your heart...

Especially if you're not looking...

27 comments:

  1. not guna lie, that was pretty well done.

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  2. Definitely gonna check it out. Very well written.

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  3. Daily love and soup-port!

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  4. cool blog mate !suppin bro :)
    check my blog aswell.

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  5. kinda makes you think... and sometimes confused

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  6. Gonna check em out, TPB here I come!
    Subscribing, hopefully youll post more good music!

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  7. Nice Review! I've been looking for some new music, I'll have to give these guys a listen!

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  8. Cool post, I find so many awesome bands just checking my blogger friends' posts. It will never happen when you expect it to, it just doesn't happen like that.

    I'll check em out, thanks.

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  9. I'll try to find those fellas then :)

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  10. Thanks! It's hard to find music that doesn't suck these days

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  11. Very nice review, might have to give them a listen =o

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  12. I'll listen thanks for the musical advice :p

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  13. dude that's pretty sick. nice taste.

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  14. My friends go on and on about this band. :|

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  15. I'll check those guys out when I get a chance. Following, hoping to see some good stuff!

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  16. thanks for the info , well check it out

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