About: Having accomplished more in a mere year's time than some other bands only hope for in their entire career, Hudson Valley, New York natives THIEVES AND VILLAINS are determined to extend their fight against complacency and continue making major moves. On July 8th 2008, the indie pop aficionados released their full length debut "Movement."
Having met each other through the forever-challenging New York music scene, the members of THIEVES AND VILLAINS were joined together in early 2007 not only by fate, but also by a shared goal of writing heartfelt, timeless music. Lead vocalist/guitarist Sergio Otaegui found a musical soulmate in guitarist/vocalist Chris Pennings. The two are matched perfectly by Jimmi Kane on drums and Justin Speca on bass. With an average age of 20-years-old, fans and critics alike are continuously amazed by the fluidity of their songs and their mature, yet delightfully entertaining pop sensibility. The name THIEVES AND VILLAINS was chosen not because they are inherently bad people. In fact, quite the opposite is true. "We never want to do anything sketchy to get ahead in life. We called our collective band "thieves and villains," so that "in real life" we actually wouldn't have to be," says vocalist Sergio Otaegui.
THIEVES AND VILLAINS realized that their talents could only take them so far and knew that it was time to roll up their proverbial sleeves and get to work. Within their first few months of existence the band began attracting national attention fueled by a rampant internet buzz. They booked two full U.S. tours without the help of a booking agent, perfected their live show with several east coast runs, appeared on the 2007 Vans Warped Tour, and all the while kept growing, writing and adapting. A slew of labels took notice in late 2007 and the band sided with Victory Records that winter.
In order to "Movement," the band moved into a lake house in upstate New York during April 2008. The setting (and the daily soundtrack of universally agreed-upon inspiring, yet diverse artists ranging from Third Eye Blind to Kanye West to Explosions in the Sky to Stevie Wonder and more) allowed them to maximize their already impeccable creativity and impressive work ethic. The result? A record worthy of skipping out on a much dreaded "genre-label." "We feel that once people hear this record, they will have a hard time pigeon-holing us to any one genre," noted Otaegui. We just aimed to write heartfelt songs with honest lyrics, interesting music and enjoyable melodies."
Produced by Paul Leavitt (Circa Survive) in Baltimore Maryland, Movement documents what the band describes as the "best and worst" time of its life. The album was given its moniker because every track addresses the endearing concept of growth and making valuable contributions to the world on both a personal and mass level.
As Otaegui notes: "This record is our contribution to the words, it's OUR movement, and we hope that it helps inspire others to create theirs."
Since the release of "Movement" the NY foursome have kept up a non stop schedule of national touring and press. Racking up appearances on FUSE, MTV2, and popular shows like "The Hills," "The Real World/Road Rules Challenge," "Bad Girls Club," and "Gossip Girl" to name a few, TAV continues to widen their mainstream appeal while gaining the respect of critics and fans alike. Having received rave reviews from numerous online and print media sources ranging from Alternative Press and Vice Magazine to the support of organizations such as PETA2, Thieves and Villains have nothing but continued success and momentum in their corner as they roll into 2009.