AS ANSWERED BY ALL OF US… We’re one united living breathing organism


Please explain what just happened.

We were just looking at a photo of three girls we know from high school that ended up on some porn site. We’re currently driving through New Mexico.


What is your earliest memory?



If you weren’t musicians, what other profession would you choose?

I’d be in the NHL, I’d be a teacher, I’d sling beanbags, I’d be the head of Def Jam.

Please describe the current contents of your refrigerator.

EMPTY… We’ve been on tour for a while…



Is there a time you wish you’d lied?

When my friends asked me if I’ve ever had sex…I told the truth and said no…I should have lied so they’d think I’m cool.


What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?



If you could have only one album to get you through a breakup, what would it be?

50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Trying.

What are three websites—other than your email—that you check on a daily basis?,, twitter.


From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?

50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Trying.


Name a book that changed your life.

Women by Charles Bukowski.


If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be?

The first time I heard 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Trying.



How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?

Kevin Bacon has met Snooki and we grew up/went to school with Snooki…BAM.


What makes you feel most guilty?

Touring while our parents are at home working.


What would you most like to have invented?

CORNBREAD….aint nothin’ wrong with that.


What is the worst piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

“You can achieve anything.”


What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?

“Disregard females. Acquire currency.”


What do you consider the harshest kind of betrayal?

Damn…if one of your parents did you dirty..which is actually common. Basically anyone that you view as family stabbing you in the back.


Of all the game shows that have graced our TV screens throughout history, which one would you want to be a contestant on and why?

Threeway tie: Wild and Crazy Kids – Legends of the Hidden Temple – Family Double Dare.


What do you want to know?

As much as possible…KRS-ONE…knowledge reigns supreme over nearly everyone.


What would you like your last words to be?



Please explain what will happen.


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When it came to writing South America, THIEVES & VILLAINS decided to sculpt the album as if they were the only four people on earth to hear it. Looking for a new sense of direction, Thieves & Villains mentally escaped to a beautiful hiding place that they named South America. The band found that this venture in their collective minds would allow them to be free, which in turn, helped create music that excited them, and that they would ultimately fall in love with. However, the record was still being created under the same confines as many bands today; a spastic sinking ship of a country that has never been as stressed out, paranoid, or misled as it is right now… an America that is truly going “South.” The result of this is the album title that came to represent the dichotomy of one location being the place you hate and love the most; the place you escape to, yet the place you despise.

Produced by Tim Gilles, Thieves & Villains took an old approach and made it new again. In a world of over-produced and over-auto-tuned songs recorded take after take, the band set out to bring music as a whole, back to its roots. “We recorded the entire album to analog tape on Mr. Gilles’ vintage tape machines and used all our own gear and live tones. We didn’t do takes of anything to death and approached every section with a real 'what you see is what you get' logic. What you’re listening to is not the productive of hours of tweaking… it's the product of a few friends having fun and making music the old fashioned way.”

Thieves & Villains took the same indie-rock vibe as Vampire Weekend, combined it with the childlike sense of wonder found in an early Daniel Johnston song, and added the quirkiness implemented in the Pinkerton-era of Weezer while crafting their sophomore record Thieves & Villains ambitiously recorded South America to analog tape on vintage tape machines and used all their own gear and live tones. They didn’t record hundreds of takes on any song, and approached every section with real talent and logic. What you’ll listen to on South America is not the product of hours of tweaking, but rather the product of great friends having fun while making music the old-fashioned way.

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