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Company of Thieves
Company of Thieves 01B.jpgCompany of Thieves performing in March 2009 with former bassist Bob Buckstaff.
Background information
OriginChicago, Illinois, United States
GenresIndie rock, alternative rock
Years active2007 (2007)–2014
MembersGenevieve Schatz
Marc Walloch
Chris Faller
Eitan Bernstein

Company of Thieves was an American indie rock group from Chicago, Illinois, United States. The band was founded by Genevieve Schatz (vocals) and Marc Walloch (guitar). Their first album, Ordinary Riches, was released independently on May 29, 2007.[1] After signing with Wind-up Records[2] the album was digitally re-released on January 6, 2009. A CD release was made available on February 24, 2009.[3] Their second album, Running from a Gamble, was released on May 17, 2011. The band announced they had no plans to record any new music as of January 9, 2014.


  • 1 History
  • 2 Members
    • 2.1 Former members
  • 3 Discography
    • 3.1 Studio albums
    • 3.2 Singles
    • 3.3 EPs
  • 4 Awards
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


They have been featured as an iTunes Discovery Download for their song "Oscar Wilde",[4] as well as in their Indie Spotlight: Rock/Alternative – featuring the album alongside the recommended track, "Pressure".

The band's debut album Ordinary Riches debuted on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart at No. 5.[5] They also won the 2007 New York Songwriters Circle contest for their song, "Oscar Wilde".[6]

In January 2009, Genevieve and Marc appeared on "Live From Daryl's House", Daryl Hall's monthly Internet concert, as Company of Thieves. They performed "Pressure", "Even In The Dark", "Past the Sleep" and "Around The Block" from their debut album, along with Hall & Oates songs "Starting All Over Again" and "Everytime You Go Away", as well as other covers. They also performed on Last Call with Carson Daly in February.

Company of Thieves' single "Oscar Wilde" was featured on "Gossip Girl: Real NY Stories Revealed" as part of the Dove Go Fresh campaign,[7] as well as being aired during an episode of Gossip Girl.

Their second album, Running from a Gamble, was released on May 17, 2011. The lead-off single, "Death of Communication", was released on March 15, 2011.

The band went through several line-up changes during its history. They began as a trio with founding members Genevieve Schatz and Marc Walloch alongside drummer Mike Ortiz. In 2011 Ortiz posted a formal letter to his fans on the official website of Company of Thieves stating his decision to depart from the band. Chris Faller (former bassist of The Hush Sound) was used as bassist on Company of Thieves' last album, "Running from a Gamble". Faller played drums for the band's live performances after Mike Ortiz left along with bassist Marcin Sulewski. On their 2012 tour, Company of Thieves appeared with Chris Faller as bassist on stage along with a new drummer, Matt Rullo. Eitan Bernstein did not play keyboards on the second album, but toured with the band as the official keyboardist.

On January 9, 2014, an official e-mail was sent by Genevieve confirming that there were no plans to record any further Company of Thieves albums.


  • Genevieve Schatz – Vocals
  • Marc Walloch – Guitar
  • Chris Faller – Bass
  • Eitan Bernstein – Keys
  • Matt Rullo - Drums

Former members

  • Dorian Duffy – Bass Guitar[8]
  • Mike Ortiz - Drums
  • Scott Heatherly - Keyboards
  • Jimmy Ratke - Drums
  • Brad Sawicki - Bass
  • Mike Maimone - Keys
  • Bob Buckstaff - Bass
  • Marcin Sulewski - Bass


The Acoustic EP (2007)


Independent Music Awards 2012: Running from a Gamble - Best Indie/Alt. Album[13]


  1. ^ "About Company of Thieves". Sonicbids. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Wind-Up Announce Signing Of Company Of Thieves". Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Welikeit.indie » company of thieves". Welikeit.indie. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "ARTIST INDEX" (PDF). Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "New York Songwriters Circle Launches 2008 Contest". Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  7. ^ [1] Archived May 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "In Good Company". NBC Chicago Street Team. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Company of Thieves Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Company of Thieves Album & Song Chart History - Alternative Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 27, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Company of Thieves Album & Song Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 10, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Company of Thieves Album & Song Chart History - Rock Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 27, 2011. 
  13. ^ "11th Annual Independent Music Award Winners announced". Retrieved 27 November 2014. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Wind-up Records
  • Company of Thieves interview
  • Pop Wreckoning article
  • Buzzgrinder article
  • LA Metromix article
  • Company of Thieves on Channel One News
  • Company of Thieves on Live From Daryl's House
  • Company of Thieves interview on HEAVEmedia, May 2011

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