Company of Thieves: Running from a Gamble (Coble’s Take)

As I mentioned in my own review of Running from a Gamble, the new Company of Thieves album, the review had originally be assigned to another writer. That writer is our Mid-West photographer/reviewer, Jen “Coble” Hopper, and it turns out the internet devoured her review when she emailed it to me last month. So you get two reviews for the price of one. Coble’s take on the album follows…

For this writer, Running on a Gamble sounds like Chicago: The energy, instrumentation, soulful vocals and images of the beautiful paired with the gritty. It also feels appropriately sophomoric for a band on the rise with the songs like “Death of Communication” and “Modern Waste,” which examine scenes from the rise to recognition.

Company of Thieves shine with songs that still feel intimate despite full instrumentation and Genevieve Schatz’ voice — which has also grown impressively. My only regret is that at points she is difficult to understand. This is unfortunate, because her lyrics deserve attention. The way that she slips in the occasional violent image really brings her stories to life.

Favorite tracks and lyrics are…

“Queen of Hearts:” “In my dreams I can make love to you without a fight / And sometimes I wonder if it’s wrong or if it’s right”

“Syrup:” “Your love syrup, so sweet, I feel dangerous indeed.” The lyrics of this studio recording differ from the live version of the tune, offering “And right now in a scissor fight, I would let you stab me until I die” – a line which is far more telling than most in the song.

“After Thought: “I am not my problems / I am not my money’s worth / Where I went to school / Order of my birth / And I am not the answer/ I am not the aftermath / Or picture of the past

The band is posting acoustic versions of songs off the album on their website to lead up to the album release. So far, they are are amazing and give a taste of how truly fantastic they are live.

The band is also generously giving the album away for free to fans who print this coupon and take it to FYE.

Company of Thieves – Modern Waste (mp3)*

*mp3 hosted by & posted w/ permission of band’s PR rep

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Running from a Gamble - Company of Thieves

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Company of Thieves: Running From a Gamble

The new Company of Thieves album, Running From a Gamble, was released last month and I posted an mp3 from it back in in April. But I’d put my advance copy of the album aside since another writer offered to review it here. They never got around to it, so I finally gave it a listen and it’s far too good to neglect writing more about it…

I don’t understand why Paramore gets so much attention and airplay while Company of Thieves is ignored by the mainstream (at least in my area). Lead singer Genevieve Schatz’ voice is distinctively strong and pretty and the band’s pop-rock songs are far more catchy and lyrically substantial than anything on the radio.

Highlights are the melodic “Queen of Hearts,” the infectious “Look Both Ways,” the moody “Never Come Back,” the Regina Spektor meets The Killers “Death of Communication” and the torch song “King of Dreams.”

My personal favorites are the sultry PJ Harvey-esque “Gorgeous/Grotesque” and “Nothing’s in the Flowers.” The latter begins as a pretty, somewhat simple yet very appealing pop number before dropping down into a bluesy, almost gospel arrangement toward the end.

Running From a Gamble is one of those albums I like more with each listen.

The band is generously giving the album away for free to fans who print this coupon and take it to FYE.

Company of Thieves – Modern Waste (mp3)*

*mp3 hosted by & posted w/ permission of band’s PR rep

BUY @ AMAZON

Running from a Gamble - Company of Thieves

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Company of Thieves: New Mp3!

Company of Thieves will release their sophomore effort, Running From A Gamble, on May 17th. Until then, the band is offering a free, legal mp3 of “Modern Waste” from the new album.

Company of Thieves – Modern Waste (mp3)*

*mp3 hosted by & posted w/ permission of band’s PR rep

Pre-Order @ Amazon

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