Rock band, Company of Thieves, have not only announced a reunion tour, but have also released their first single in six years, "Treasure." This news came after the celebration of the ten-year anniversary of the band's debut and self-released record, Ordinary Riches. "Treasure" premiered on Consequence of Sound, and has been highly anticipated since the band had been on hiatus prior. Company of Thieves is Genevieve Schatz, Marc Walloch and Chris Faller.
"Treasure" is filled with a hazy, guitar driven track and is a politically charged call to arms that encourages you to embrace love, amidst the world's anxiety and outrage. We talked with Marc Walloch, guitarist and vocalist for Company of Thieves, about their new single that was six years in the making, upcoming reunion tour, and other plans.
AXS: You all just released your first single in six years. How long was that in the works, or was it just a spur-of-the-moment thing?
Marc Walloch: It started as a spur of the moment thing following the 2016 election. We had the song written and the vibe built within 30-60 min. Genevieve came over to my home studio and we just had the intention of writing a song from scratch that day. I felt like getting into something raw and gritty so I picked up a baritone guitar and started playing that intro riff and she started singing. From there we kept playing through it almost like it was already written and we knew where to go.
We later took some time away from it and came back and kept re focusing the sound and production of it until it was right. There were a few interruptions like the radio interference you hear throughout the song. We spent almost a whole day trying to fix that problem so we could track vocals until we thought, "F*** it, if this angry guy wants to try to interrupt our message, let's just invite him to be a part of our song. Doesn't bother me." And it didn't stop us so we hit record.
AXS: Your reunion tour is coming up beginning Sept. 12. If this one goes well, will there be more reunion tours?
MW: There won't be "reunion tours" but actual current tours after we take some time to write, rebuild, re focus, and find a new sound. This reunion tour is our way of saying "hello, we are back," while celebrating our past with nostalgia. Genevieve and I hope to do another acoustic tour at some point soon as well.
AXS: Speaking of tours, can you share a few highlights of your favorite memories from the road with tours past?
MW: Wow. That's a tough one. Something that always stands out to me was from before we actually start touring nationally. It was 10 years ago! We self released our first record, Ordinary Riches, with a CD release party at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago. We were only a band for about 7 or 8 months and the show sold out weeks in advance. It felt like such a huge accomplishment after so much hard DIY work. There has been so many major accomplishments since then, but I'll never forget that feeling. Other great memories are just listening to so much music over the years from traveling in a van with 7 people. We have all exposed each other to so much and it feels like it was sort of a music school in way for us.
AXS: Any plans for an upcoming EP/album as a group?
MW: Yes! We plan on getting back form tour and writing a lot and taking it one day at a time. We hope to release at least one more single in the near future and then release an EP once we feel good about a batch of songs.
We also may just keep releasing singles while we hope to assemble a good team to help us accomplish next steps! We are involved in some other musical endeavors and want to stay well rounded and balanced!
Reunion Tour Dates:
Sept. 12 - Indianapolis, IN - The Hi-Fi
Sept. 13 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
Sept. 14 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
Sept. 16 - Columbus, OH - ID Fest 2017
Sept. 18 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre w/ Oak & Ash
Sept. 19 - Philadelphia, PA - The Foundry Philadelphia w/ Wild Rompit
Sept. 20 - Albany, NY - Jupiter Hall
Sept. 22 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues w/ Moonrise Nation and Bailiff
Sept. 25 - Kansas City, MO - recordBar
Sept. 27 - Denver, CO - The Walnut Room - Walnut St.
Sept. 30 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour