"This is the only album that got me to turn off Mute Math today - it's full of thick layers and a piano backing ... my kinda thing. Definitely worth checking out." -Jason Tate of Absolute Punk.net
"Publishing an entertainment magazine in Sacramento requires that I be very in tune with what's happening in the local music scene. It's been a while since I've been as excited about a Sacramento based band as I am about Consider the Thief. Their new album, Signs and Wonders, is an absolute masterpiece that is sure to gain them the national attention they deserve." - Jonathan Carabba, editor of Submerge Magazine
"This is an unsigned band that I actually scouted out for our AP&R section a few issues back. I knew I liked them then, but now that I've heard their full EP, I'm feeling a lot more prophetic than I have in a while. If you refer back to my thoughts on the Thursday split, you know that I have a (yeah, I'm gonna say it, Rachel) preternatural love of Thrice. And this EP basically picks up right in the middle of Vheissu and I'm pretty sure this will be the last time I mention them as an unsigned band. I deserve a raise."- Tim Karan, associate editor of Alternative Press (on the band's last EP)
Consider the Thief is:
Dryw Owens – Vocals, Piano, Guitar
Sean O’Sullivan – Guitar
Jordan Wells – Vocals, Guitar
Zack Walkingstick – Bass
Lucas Allen – Drums
Consider the Thief is a five-piece rock band hailing from Sacramento, California. Formed by ex Dance Gavin Dance guitarist Sean O'Sullivan (Whatever I Say Is Royal Ocean and Downtown Battle Mountain) and long time friend Dryw Owens, Consider the Thief set out with modest aspirations and the musical talent to get them far beyond that. Shortly after the release of their debut EP, Soldiers and Saints they were featured as an unsigned band to watch by Alternative Press (Sep 08 issue). In March 2009 they were featured in Alternative Press again, as one of the 100 Bands You Need to Know for 2009.
Starting in November of 2008, only months off of the release of their EP, the band entered the studio with Aaron Hellam at Castle Ultimate Studios. Signs and Wonders is the band's first full-length record and displays Consider the Thief's complete departure from heavy music, shedding the metal inspired riffs and screams for rich atmospheric textures and stunning vocal melodies. O'Sullivan commented on the writing shift, "As far as writing is concerned, things like breakdowns and overly heavy riffs just stopped appealing to me. We as a band grew and developed as musicians and people and wanted to accomplish something new all played in to how we wrote the new album. We'd spent so much time playing heavy, busy music that it became a sort of crutch for us...there was no push to evolve because the area we were in didn't really promote that sort of progression, so it had to come from within our group." The band’s lineup is completed by Sean O'Sullivan (guitars), Dryw Owens (vocals, guitar, keys), Jordan Wells (guitar, vocals), Zack Walkingstick (bass), and Luke Allen (drums).
"The phrase 'Signs and Wonders' appears twenty-two times in the NIV translation of the bible." Owens remarks about the title of the record. "I had seen the phrase often during my own reading, and we wrote the title track about how ancient Israel repeatedly forgot or ignored the miraculous signs presented to them by God and the prophets. Though I have not witnessed the parting of any sea, nor the creation of man from dust, I have seen God act in my life. Like Israel, I too forget."
"For me the title signifies the age-old request of the common man for God to give him a sign that he exists (Matthew 12:39) when the evidence is all around us. It's why we picked the album artwork to be the deep-space shots from the Hubble telescope...I don't know if it gets any more wondrous than unseen galaxies millions of light years away." O'Sullivan adds.
"The vast majority of the lyrics address biblical parables, stories, or concepts that have been particularly relevant to my life over the past several years." Owens spoke about his lyrical content. "For example the song ' No More Samaritans' applies Jesus' parable of The Good Samaritan to the seeming lack of altruism today. We live in a very self-centered culture, where 'I' precedes anything hip. The average person, and myself, would benefit to focus on meeting the needs of others."
As a band, Consider the Thief takes was just as thoughtful in the secetion of their band name as they are in their song writing. O'Sullivan explains the origin of the band’s name, "Our friend Nick Golling was having a discussion with someone in the band (before we started this group) and used the phrase 'Consider the Thief' in reference to someone who, without a change of heart always goes back to their old ways, even with rehabilitation of sorts. We sort of took new meanings from the phrase...especially how the media has stolen the true weight and depth from things like love and music by replacing them with cheap substitutes like pornography and glossy pop music."
Consider the Thief has already taken part in shows and tours with bands like Evaline, Picture Atlantic, Portugal The Man, Dance Gavin Dance and others. In coordination with the release of the album, the band plans to set into place a rigorous tour schedule to spread their name, sound, and message to the world.