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INTERVIEW: Former Thieves

Last year, Iowa punk outfit Former Thieves put out one of my favorite EPs of the year, The Great and Alleged Great, scoring #30 on my Best of 2010 List. After getting signed to No Sleep Records, they are now in the process of recording a full-length debut.  While at the studio in Seattle, I did an email interview with Matt Schmitz of the group. Hit the jump for the full interview.

The Noise Is: How did the group come together, and how did you come up with the name Former Thieves?
Matt Schmitz: We have all been playing in bands together and touring in the past. We all stopped for a while and tried out the whole “real life” thing and decided that sucked so we decided to start this band, make some music we enjoyed writing and playing, and travel as much as possible. The name came from the idea that we all steal things from the world around us, and wondered if one day we all decided not to do that and truly think and act on our own. That would make us “Former Thieves”, deep stuff!

Full Interview

2010 Half-Year List!

Man the year’s flying by! Here’s a bunch of my favorite albums, EPs, and 7″s so far this year, in alphabetical order. What’s some of your favs? Comment with them!

Albums

Albatross – Bugs, Berfday, Gum
Allo Darlin’ – Allo Darlin’
Beach House – Teen Dream
Beach Fossils – Beach Fossils
Caddywhompus – Remainder
Citay – Dream Get Together
Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here?
Fang Island – Fang Island
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
Free Energy – Stuck On Nothing
Harlem – Hippies
Light Pollution – Apparitions
Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
Mount Carmel – Mount Carmel
Surfer Blood – Astrocoast
Suckers – Wild Smile
The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt
Tame Impala – Innerspeaker
Trouble Books – Gathered Tones
Vampire Weekend – Contra
Wild Nothing – Gemini
Young Mammals – Carrots

EPs

Former Thieves – The Great and Alleged Great
Ghost Mall – Goons
Glitter Bones – Returning The Magic
Hooray For Earth – Momo
James Blake – CMYK
Keepaway – Baby Style
Megachurch – Megachurch
Tanlines – Settings

7″s

A Lull – “Weapons For War” b/w “Spread It All Around”
Cloud Nothings – “Didn’t You” b/w “Even If It Worked Out”
Family Trees – “Dream Talkin”
Gauntlet Hair – “I Was Thinking…” b/w “Our Scenery”
Japandroids – “Younger Us” b/w “Sex and Dying in High Society”
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – “Say No To Love” b/w “Lost Saint”

Former Thieves – The Great and the Alleged Great

Genre: Hardcore, Punk
Year: 2010
Location: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Label: Mayfly Records
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01. The Find
02. Waiting at Best
03. Old Age
04. Control and Illusion
05. Misfortune Teller

I haven’t posted anything relatively hardcore in a while, so it was about time I found some good stuff. Former Thieves, out of the Iowa hardcore scene, play ruthlessly hard and loud punk. These guys have played past shows with bands Native, La Dispute, Xerxes, and Touché Amoré, so I just assumed they are good. The Great and the Alleged Great may be only 5 songs totally up to 15 minutes, but they don’t hesitate at all to let loose. While still a raw punk album, the music is surprising intricate and polished, which takes a few listens to notice those small things. Former Thieves are signed onto Mansfield, OH hardcore-label Mayfly Records. They got this release printed on sweet orange/yellow swirl vinyl from Gotta Groove Records! You can pick this release on vinyl from Mayfly’s Big Cartel or pay a dollar for it on their BandCamp.


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IM IN INDIANA RIGHT NOW.
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