98.9 WCLZ presents
The Ballroom Thieves
Thu, February 2, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Port City Music Hall
$15 Advance / $18 Day of Show / $30 Preferred Seating
This event is 18 and over
Buy tickets in person at the Port City Music Hall box office (504 Congress Street) Wednesday-Friday 10AM-5PM, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, or online right here. PCMH box office will open one hour before doors night of show.http://www.statetheatreportland.com/event/1370971/
The harmony-rich folk on the Thieves' debut, A Wolf in the D oorway, led to guitarist Martin Earley, cellist Calin Peters, and drummer Devin Mauch spending the last two years in a sustained state of touring, taking stages across the country, including venerable ones like at the Newport Folk Festival. Though they were prepared for the sudden lack of a sedentary existence -- even packing their apartments into storage units -- it wasn't long before nearly nonstop touring began to take its toll.
As the stability of home faded along the relentless road, fresh anxieties came into focus: depression, financial burdens, illness, crumbling relationships. Instead of addressing these troubles, the Thieves doubled down on the band, and the edges began to fray. "I think if you give everything to something for long enough, you have nothing left for you," Peters says, "and then you break down." Resentment and stress built up; the only thing that would provide temporary reprieve was taking the stage to perform the music they so dearly love.
That need to play through the pain led to the band crafting new songs, ones written in the midst of all their bitter feelings. What couldn't be spoken between the bandmates was put down into fresh material that transmuted the drama of the past few months into a weightier, expanded sound. All that pent up negative energy was unleashed as the fiercest music the band has ever recorded.
It's evident in the beaten dirge of "For Mercy" and the thick grunge of "Pocket of Gold", tracks bristling with both regret and resolve. Peters' voice sears with confident fire on the venomous "Blood Run Red", as does Earley's on the bluesy romance of "Anybody Else". "Noble Rot" kicks like a tethered mule, as if the instruments are expressing every heated thought that had ever crossed the musicians' minds.
These are the songs The Ballroom Thieves needed to write. Although they're not proud of how they've handled these issues, they're immensely proud of the music that has come as a result. Rough times have helped them explore the darker corners of their sound -- which is why they've chosen to forgo the standard label rel ease cycle to put out D eadeye on October 21st by themselves. Sharing it now is exposure therapy, letting their fans pay witness to these hardships and the resulting creative growth while simultaneously helping the band move on. The struggle is still very real, but these songs are a reminder that for this band, the only course is forward.
Deadeye captures the band at a time when they were at their absolute lowest, but it may also prove to be the album that saves The Ballroom Thieves.
Port City Music Hall
504 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101