Thieves formed in 1999 in their hometown of Oxford, England.
They lived, rehearsed and worked together in an old barn hidden in the
‘shire (their nearest neighbour being the village pub, a 20 minute
walk away). Between 1999 and 2000 the band rehearsed, recorded and toured
the UK relentlessly, building up a large and dedicated following throughout
Southern England. Primarily, they became one of Oxford’s top bands
- second only perhaps to local hero’s Supergrass and Radiohead
- constantly selling-out shows and self-produced recordings.
In 2001 the band completed their first ‘demo’ album, “How’s
the Empire?”. This scored them radio play on national BBC Radio
One and local FM shows; it sold well and achieved favorable press. At
the start of 2002 the band teamed up ‘Strokes producer Gordon
Raphael to record their first album, whilst it worked on a personal
level, musically the band weren’t comfortable and cancelled the
sessions. Instead The Thieves decided to produce the album themselves
and maintain the services of top UK engineer and producer Chris
Brown (Radiohead, Muse, The Beatles ‘Anthology’
remix with Sir George Martin) who was booked as engineer for the original
Chris and the band took residency at Monnow Valley Studios in Wales
where they tracked their album One
Eyed Poker. The album was mixed and
mastered at Jacob’s and Abbey Road Studios in England. The LP
was intended as a completed work and tipped for the current trend of
licensing. After the album's completion The Thieves relocated to Los
Angeles to work closer with Lenny Kravitz’ manager, Stephen Smith;
the album was never licensed.
In 2003 the band moved from the ‘artsy-cool’ of Downtown
Los Angeles to the more alluring and remote setting of Shadow
Hills. They built a studio in their new house
and concentrated on writing and recording, with the occasional live
show to test the new material. Once the group had achieved what they
desired from their self-imposed hibernation, they took to the road again.
Having gigged the new material, The Thieves entered Royaltone Studios,
California, in September 2004, with Chris Brown in full Producer mode.
They recorded an EP The Whiteline
EP for Century Media’s newly dedicated Rock
and Poker Music. The band completed two US
tours in support of the EP, building profile and exposure for the group
in America. Both music press
and fans alike received The Thieves and their EP with approval. In January
2005 Linda Perry bought Royaltone Studios and decided to champion the
band: The Thieves entered the studio again to complete the album Tales
from the White Line.
Century Media released Tales From The White Line on Oct 4th, 2005. The
Thieves continued to tour and not only headlined many routes, but also
played with bands such as Nebula, Diamond Nights, The Vacation, Polysics
and Electric Eel Shock. The group covered over 60,000 miles and 160
live shows in America during 2005 alone. The US media gave the album
great reviews and the bands live show was heralded as being ‘real-deal’,
explosive, rock & roll.
The Thieves returned to England in late Dec 2005 to write and prepare
new material for the following year. Rehearsals resumed in Los Angeles
and they hit the road again in March 2006, touring with American Minor
(Jive). They have continued to tour through the year, both on their
own and with Driveblind (Geffen). The band has taken the time between
tours to prepare new material, which they’ve road tested and hope
to release in 2007.