The Ballroom Thieves fought through a year of tribulations with their sophomore album, 2016’s Deadeye, as their shield and sword. Only through continuing to write and perform together were guitarist Martin Earley, cellist Calin Peters, and drummer Devin Mauch able to fend off their darker days. While the skies may not be completely clear, the path ahead is — and the trio take their first steps forward today.
The next phase begins with their new single, “Only Lonely,” a track that harnesses the Thieves’ handsome harmonies and nimble, sturdy acoustic folk. Though disarmingly warm, the lyrics expose the terrible version of oneself that emerges when an unhealthy mental state gains control. “I think anyone who has struggled with depression, anxiety, or profound loneliness can identify with the idea that sadness is at once a passenger and a conductor,” says Earley, “and sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference.”
Just as the Thieves survive on the strength of their reliance on each other, however, the chorus of howls throughout the song remind the listener that we never battle alone. “Depression can be an isolating maze, but despite the reclusive heaviness of the words in the song we attempt to keep a team mentality when a band mate, partner, or friend is living in the darkness,” says Peters. “The band remains and gains strength after the touring years have taken their toll, sometimes howling as one, other times answering the cry of distress, but always relentlessly singing.”
That pack mentality pervades all aspects of the upcoming EP from which “Only Lonely” stems. It’s what pushed Peters to step into the writer’s role more than ever, a challenge she admits she may never have undertaken if not for the buoying of Early and Mauch.
” I feel powerful and proud of myself for trying something new, and also sort of protected and encouraged by the guys,” she proclaims. They’ve also rallied a brand new team for this latest outing, with producer Ryan Hadlock joining them for the first time and the support of a new label, Nettwerk Records. “They believed in what we were doing artistically and they weren’t going to try to affect that,” says Earley. “That’s a really incredible thing to hear from a label, especially one of that size and that reputation.”
More details on the EP are forthcoming, but their Nettwerk debut single makes one thing clear: The Ballroom Thieves are stronger together than ever, and they’re ready to confront both inner and outer demons with the assurance of a band that’s only begun to rise.
The Ballroom Thieves accompanied by Maine Youth Rock Orchestra Announce Tour Dates + EP
Formed in 2011, The Ballroom Thieves take the sincere, narrative blueprint of folk music and infuse it with the attitude of rock, the soul of blues, and the sweat and fervor of a revival tent. That spirit makes its way into both their recorded music as well as their live performances, as Martin Earley (guitar, vocals), Devin Mauch (percussion, vocals), and Calin Peters (cello, vocals) attack their instruments and harmonies with the same energy onstage as in the studio. Collaborating with Maine Youth Rock Orchestra for their upcoming tour, The Ballroom Thieves are breaking ground as the first national band to tour with a youth orchestra.
Garnering regional and national acclaim for their 2015 release ‘A Wolf in the Doorway,’ this powerful trio has performed across the country and at major festivals such as Newport Folk Festival and Boston Calling, sharing the stage with the likes of The Lone Bellow, Houndmouth and Dispatch.
In November 2014, The Ballroom Thieves collaborated with Maine Youth Rock Orchestra, a program provided by the Maine Academy of Modern Music, a 501(c)(3) rock school located in Portland, ME. MYRO, a 25-piece string orchestra comprised of students ages 12-18, accompanies professional artists for live shows, performing twice with The Ballroom Thieves and producing a music video for Converse® Rubber Tracks.
Maine Youth Rock Orchestra has worked with over 25 artists since it’s inception in December 2013, including Spose, Kishi Bashi, Darlingside, Shook Twins, and has become part of the Annual Beatles Night which Rolling Stone called “a mind-blowing tribute.”
The Ballroom Thieves will be accompanied by Maine Youth Rock Orchestra for a 8-date east coast tour in April, and will be performing together at select summer festival dates. The collaboration will also include a 2-song EP that will be released early 2016.
April 15 @ Port City Music Hall | Portland, ME
April 16 @ 3S Artspace | Portsmouth, NH
April 17 @ Higher Ground | Burlington, VT
April 19 @ Jammin Java | Vienna, VA
April 20 @ Ardmore Music Hall | Ardmore, PA
April 21 @ Knitting Factory | Brooklyn, NY
April 22 @ Columbus | Providence, RI
April 23 @ Shalin Liu Performance Center | Rockport, MA
June 3 @ Roots on the River | Bellows Falls, VT
June 2-5 @ Mountain Jam | Hunter Mountain, NY