Band of Thieves

The formation of Band of Thieves was many years in the making, five men almost destined to meet in the fall of 2006 in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Spurred on by a desire to make music that is timeless in style yet still provoking, they elicit the qualities of rock ‘n roll that conjure up visions of a time and place where music was central. Tyler Rann (singer) left college to write and perform with Midtown, traveling to stages and studios all over America, Europe, Australia and Japan. Musical differences set him on his own and he searched endlessly to find musicians who shared his passion for classic rock n’ roll. Upon a chance encounter with elementary school friend Leigh Nelson (bass), formerly of east coast favorites Billionaire Boys Club, and Indiana-raised guitarist Peter Smith, the band began to take form. Next up was Anthony Riscica (drums) who lends his writing talent that had seen him tour throughout Europe and South America as a session and live drummer for various groups. The final piece of the puzzle finally fell into place with the addition of John Andrews, a lead guitar player who has recorded and toured internationally with artists as diverse as Gavin DeGraw and Helmet’s Paige Hamilton. With the lineup complete, songs were written that invoke the classic sounds that matched their image; songs that triumph in the good times that rock and roll has always stood for. The band’s mission statement was cemented: Make sunny music for shady people. The s...

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