Four subsidiaries of Wind-up Entertainment and the Chicago-based Company of Thieves have entered into agreements for this broad-based relationship. The bandâ€™s future recordings will be released by Wind-up Records. Additionally, the sale of all Company of Thieves merchandise at on-line, retail, and touring points of sale will be handled by Wind-up Entertainmentâ€™s Pronto Merch. The bandâ€™s publishing will be administered by the companyâ€™s Sakyamuni Music Publishing, LLC. Company of Thieves has also entered in to an agreement with Wind-up Artist Development Corporation, regarding touring and appearances.
Genevieve Schatz (vocals), Marc Walloch (guitars), and Mike Ortiz (drums) are Company of Thieves. Their debut album ORDINARY RICHES was released independently in May 2007, receiving across the board raves. Yahoo! exclaimed, â€œHands down, one of the best debut albums of 2007,â€ while Billboard offered, â€œOne of the best unsigned acts out there,â€ prior to the deal with Wind-up. The bandâ€™s â€œOscar Wildeâ€ took first place in the New York Songwriterâ€™s Circle contest last year. Company of Thieves cites Motown, soul, 1960â€™s and 1970â€™s rock nâ€™ roll, Wilco, Neil Young, Fiona Apple and The Beatles, among their influences.
Wind-up Entertainment President Ed Vetri shared, â€œCompany of Thieves is an artist that brings to Wind-up unbridled passion, superior commitment, powerful songwriting, and a dynamic live show. Genevieve is a star, and exudes a confidence in performing that we all are going to get to enjoy for a long time. The bandâ€™s unique sound, which has already attracted a significant fan base in their hometown of Chicago, is one we look forward to bringing to the rest of the world. Wind-up is proud to have Company of Thieves as part of the family, and we look forward to launching their career under our all encompassing developing artist structure.â€
Company of Thieves Genevieve Schatz offered, â€œUnlike their competition, Wind-Up is home to a diverse family-like team of true music fans who pave their own path within the industry. We have a mutual appreciation that allows us to keep our artistic integrity intact, which is paramount and hard to find within this day and age of the industry.â€ Marc Walloch added, â€œAlthough Wind-up’s roster in the late â€˜90s mainly consisted of alternative radio-rock bands, they have already begun to branch out and sign more eclectic artists like Pilot Speed, Jeremy Fisher, and Civil Twilight. We are proud to be a part of this new direction for the label. It also makes us feel at home knowing that we are the only band in our genre on the label, requiring a special attention that every band should desire.â€
Company of Thieves continues to tour across the Midwest, where the band has built a significant following. They plan to return to New York for CMJâ€™s Music Marathon October 20-24 after several stops in Illinois, Milwaukee, Detroit and Cleveland. The imminent re-release of ORDINARY RICHES is planned for late 2008 digitally, with a physical release and national promotional support to follow in early 2009.