REVIEW: Company of Thieves Stripped Down at Gramercy Theater

Indie rockers Company of Thieves – or more specifically, leading lady Genevieve Schatz and guitarist Marc Walloch – returned to NYC 8 months after the full band came to town on their reunion tour for a stripped-down acoustic set in the unusually intimate Gramercy Theater, the site of their NYC show on their reunion tour. We reviewed Company of Thieves on that tour and the full band set was fantastic; I’ll be honest, I hadn’t realized this was an acoustic tour until after I had agreed to cover the local date, and Schatz and Walloch were great, but the full band was much, much better in terms of energy and the up-tempo set they played.

This was quite the contrast as the vibe was very mellow and laid back – people were wearing evening gowns, for fuck’s sake – and the crowd wasn’t jumping like the were for the full band set, but that didn’t stop the duo on stage from rocking the place. Let’s be real here, Genevieve Schatz is a bit on the crazy side when it comes to her theatrics. She’s always all over the place, and I’m convinced she’s the girl of girl who dances in her seat even when there’s no music, so it’s no surprise she was bouncing around and rocking out as if they were playing a hard rock show.

But all that’s not nearly as relevant as the stripped-down tunes the duo were playing. From their own material to a handful of covers from Fleetwood Mac to Ella Fitzgerald, there was no shortage of acoustic tunes that obviously sound weird as hell once you’ve heard Company of Thieves live as a full band, but also sound really, really good. Tunes like Nothing’s in the Flowers, Window, After Thought, New Song!, Oscar Wilde and Tallulah paired with their laid-back renditions of Alanis Morissette’s Hand in My Pocket and Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams, among others, the 16-song setlist proved to be very well thought out and one of the better acoustic sets I’ve seen. Not that I’ve seen a lot of acoustic shows, but this one was definitely very solid.

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