The Ballroom Thieves
About The Ballroom Thieves
Indie folk-rock trio the Ballroom Thieves hail from New England where their big-hearted, energetic sound won them an audience in the early part of the 2010s. A pair of indie releases and several years of hard touring helped the band earn a contract with Nettwerk, which issued their emotionally charged third album Unlovely in 2019.
The Ballroom Thieves came together in 2010 while guitarist Martin Earley and drummer Devin Mauch were attending Stonehill College outside of Boston. Adding cellist Calin Peters in 2013, the trio recorded their full-length debut, 2015's A Wolf in the Doorway, which introduced fans to their rich, harmonic blend and rousing arrangements. The months spent on the road promoting their debut took their toll on the three musicians, who channeled their struggles into their deeply personal and edgier follow-up, Deadeye, in 2016. The band's hard work paid off when they landed a deal with the Nettwerk label. 2018's Paper Crown EP marked their first outing for the label and was followed a year later by their third full-length, Unlovely, which dealt with themes of political and social dissonance, including greed and inequality. ~ Timothy Monger