Thieves And Assassins are a melodic hardcore band from Long Island. Taking influences from their home turf-Silent Majority, Crime In Stereo, Kill Your Idols etc., they mix in a heavy dose of Bad Religion, other 80's/90's west coast bands, some contemporary melodic hardcore as well as some of the earlier-mid period melodic items in the Dischord catalog.
Other bands are a good reference point for a quick description of style but Thieves And Assassins have a very different sound and approach from most of what’s going on out there right now. Each song refuses to use any simple tricks or ad nauseum hooks for cheap effect and thus beat itself into the ground, while likewise each refuses to spread itself too thin. Verse-chorus-bridge is not the name of the game but neither is schizophrenic and unfocused variety.
Four years in the making, this long-awaited release (at least on Long Island and surrounding areas) builds upon the layered melodic-aggressive guitars, pounding drums and socio-political and personal lyrics that characterized T&A's first release. Thieves formed in late 2003 after the breakup of Subterfuge. Originally expected to be “the new Subterfuge” band Thieves soon underwent a lineup change and went an entirely different route. Thieves toured on two demos until 2006 when theirs and Iron Pier’s first release, the “Thieves And Assassins” 7” came out. Now Thieves finally have the full-length they’ve been working for for their entire existence.
Musically Thieves take the road less traveled but their lyrical and thematic material takes an interesting route as well. Lyrics and and thus the theme of this album come from a historicism-informed take on the American past, the American present and the individuals place within and without the modern socio-cultural whirlwind. This is felt in their lyrics but also the Americana influenced album artwork, aimed at being reminiscent of and channelling early America. Members of some photos are members of the bands family. This is Iron Pier’s most ambitiously packaged release yet.
Ex-member caveat: Capital, The Backup Plan, Subterfuge, This Is Hell, Anterrabae, Center Of Zero, Take My Chances