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ABOUT THE BAND

The Joy Thieves is not a band that collaborates with others. The Joy Thieves IS the collaboration. Members include current, former, and touring members of Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Pigface, Marilyn Manson, Stabbing Westward, Nitzer Ebb, KMFDM, The Machines of Loving Grace, Skatenigs, Mary's Window, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, Blue October, Ashes Divide, W.O.R.M., 16VOLT, 13MG, and more.


Created by a cast of over 40 musicians, The Thieves' surprisingly cohesive sound has led some members to describe it as something that was somehow created by “all of us. And yet...none of us.” That sound is raw, yet precise. Combative, but refined. Tribal, dark, and aggressive, but layered with haunting melodic harmonies. It is a sound that honors industrial music’s past, while quickly evolving it into the present.

The Joy Thieves. It is all of us. It is none of us.

 

3/27/20: Today we released a lyric video for our song "The Badlander" (featuring Chris Connelly)...check it out HERE!

3/20/20: Thanks to Emily May at Stitched Sound, who wrote up a bit about our new EP, "A Blue Girl." Check it out right HERE

3/19/20: Thanks to Brian Shamie at Chicago Sound Check for showing Destroy and Dysfunction Masturbation from "A Blue Girl" some love on his latest playlist! Check out his entire playlist HERE.

3/19/20: Our friend Ken Magerman at Sounds and Shadows name checked The Joy Thieves, along with I Ya Toyah feat. Skold, ATTRITION, ELZ and the CULT, Caroline Blind, Klack, and more in his article titled, "Reasons to Strive In a Decaying World." Check it out HERE.

 

3/19/20: Pete Woods at Ave Noctum reviewed A Blue Girl today. "This is pumped up and pretty damn explosive, just what you need a slap round the chops to wake you up. Simmering down a little it bounces away with enthusiasm and gives you a good shake like a dog with a rag doll caught in its jaws. Catchy and taking reference from all the above and many other bands you can think of it still has its own unique twist and is short enough to make you want to go quickly back and hear it again." For the whole review, click HERE.

 


3/16/20: The Joy Thieves did a remix for a song called The Imposter by Adrian Halo: Machines With Human Skin. It was released today, and it is available right now on his bandcamp page. "The Imposter: The Remixes Vol 1" also includes the original version, and a remix by our friends, Dead Agent...and as of right now, you can name your price for it!

3/13/20: Our brand new EP is out NOW on Armalyte Industries! "A Blue Girl" is a 7-song EP of all new songs includes performances by members of Ministry, Stabbing Westward, KMFDM, Marilyn Manson, MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT (Official), Blue October, CHANT, Mary's Window, Nitzer Ebb, Pigface, Die Krupps, Skatenigs, and many more! Available now right HERE!

3/6/20: The video for A Blue Girl made it debut today on ReGen Magazine...check it out HERE. Plus, everyone who pre-orders the new EP gets an immediate download of the song!

2/28/20: The video for A Blue Girl comes out one week from today, and the EP comes out one week after that....but you can click HERE for an exclusive sneak peek, care of ReGen Magazine.
 

2/22/20: ReGen Magazine is now officially on Spotify, and to celebrate they released their first playlist: "Staff Favorites of 2019." This Will Kill That appeared on the list, along side artists like KMFDM, 3TEETH, Test Dept, Front Line Assembly, Kanga, Celldweller, and more. Check it out HERE!

2/21/20: Get the lowdown on our new EP release at ReGen Magazine...click HERE for the article!

2/21/20: Pre-sales for our new EP, A Blue Girl, have begun! The limited-edition CD digipack comes with a bonus track (a remix of our version of Cities In Dust, done by the one and only Julian Beeston of Nitzer Ebb, Cubanate, etc.) and 2 exclusive Joy Thieves vinyl stickers! Get your copy HERE!

2/1/20: Ravens released The Joy Thieves' remix of their song Like a Bomb, plus an accompanying lyric video....check it out right HERE.

1/27/20: Better late than never...ReGen Magazine just released a review of our debut EP, This Will Kill That. And it seems they had a lot of great things to say! You can check the review right HERE.

1/13/20: Today, ReGen Magazine took an in-depth look at Sleeping Partner; the latest musical offering from Joy Thief, Chris Connelly, and they had some great things to say. The album also features two remixes done by Joy Thieves founder, Dan Milligan. Check out the review HERE.

1/10/20: Riveting Music dropped a list of bands in 2019 that "captured" them, and it includes three Armalyte Industries bands: Cubanate, Der Prosector, and The Joy Thieves. (Along with bands such as KMFDM, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, Rammstein, and more.) Check the whole list HERE.

12/26/19: Chicago Music Guide released their "best of 2019" playlist, and This Will Kill That found a way onto the list. Check out their "one hour, multi-genre music marathon" HERE.

12/20/19: Fresh off the heels of Joy Thief, Dan Milligan's appearance on the Sounds and Shadows podcast, they have released a list of their favorite albums of 2019...and our debut EP, This Will Kill That, made the cut. Check out the complete list HERE.

12/19/19: Well, last week our very own Dan Milligan had the chance to have a few drinks with Ken and Collin from Sounds and Shadows to talk about music....and they discussed everything from the humble beginnings of The Joy Thieves, to what newer bands/songs they've all been diggin' lately. If you're a fan of podcasts, check it out HERE.

News AND PRESS

 
 

THE THIEVES

 
 

MUSIC & MERCH

This Will Kill That

 

This Will Kill That, our debut EP, is available on Armalyte Industries. Digital downloads, standard CDs, and a deluxe limited-edition CD that includes unique artwork, extra songs, and a signed mini-poster are now available HERE.

Cities In Dust

Our second EP, Cities In Dust, is available from Armalyte Industries as a FREE DOWNLOAD. This 6-song release includes The Joy Thieves' version of the Siouxsie and the Banshees classic, Cities In Dust, as well as remixes of songs from This Will Kill That. Remixers include legendary producers John Fryer (Nine Inch Nails, Stabbing Westward, White Zombie) and Howie Beno (Ministry, Depeche Mode, Black Asteroid). Cities In Dust is available HERE.

A Blue Girl:

A Blue Girl is the third release by The Joy Thieves. This 7-song EP of all new songs includes performances by members of Ministry, Stabbing Westward, KMFDM, Marilyn Manson, MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT, Blue October, CHANT, Mary's Window, Nitzer Ebb, W.O.R.M. (The World Organization of the Righteous Movement), Pigface, Die Krupps, Skatenigs, and many more! A Blue Girl is available HERE.

Joy Thieves t-shirts, tanks, hoodies, and more can be found HERE.

Remix Services

The Joy Thieves have been working on remixes for Chris Connelly, DROWND, <PIG>, Machines With Human Skin, I Ya Toyah, Ravens, and more. If you're an artist, or a label, who would like to inquire about a Joy Thieves remix of your song, contact info@thejoythieves.com.

     "When he told me he wanted to do remixes for other artists, I said ‘Oh     

      REALLY?? Well, have at it!’ And I handed him a couple of the most abstract,

      non linear, perfectly arrangement-free pieces I had composed in recent years.
 

      A few days later I was stunned at what he had done. Without interfering with

      the completely nebulous, layered nature of the pieces, (‘Picassa’ & ‘The Sun Is

      A Maze’ from my forthcoming album ‘Sleeping Partner’) he brought a

      completely new dimension and drive to them, as if someone changed the

      lighting in a room strewn with artifacts and objects. Everything was still there,

      but the mood was enhanced, the shadows had changed, and the colours had

      deepened, and become more radiant. There was also more structure and

      space amongst the dense layers I had created.

      Clearly he has a head for this stuff, and he obviously LOVES a challenge. I look

      forward to challenging him again soon!”
 

      -Chris Connelly (solo artist/Fini Tribe/Revolting Cocks/Ministry/Pigface/Acid Horse/Murder,

        Inc./The Damage Manual/Cocksure). Remix available here.

​     "Dan put the <PIG> song Confession into the mangler, squeezed and teased

       and the life out of it, boiled its blood down to its essence...infected and

       injected it into its new steel skinned body...the Confession remix was risen.

       Fitter, faster and fatter." 

 

       -Raymond Watts (PIG, KMFDM ). Remix released on <PIG>'s limited-edition "Mobocracy"    

         EP...available exclusively with the purchase of a VIP package for their Divine Descent tour.

         

     “Great bloke – responsive, and high-end studio work! I loved the remix he did

       for my band, DROWND! Highly recommended! Thank you, Dan Milligan!”

       -Joe Crudgington (DROWND). Remix available here.

     “Dan is beyond talented. His creative approach to sound design, stellar work

       ethic, passionate attitude, and high standards are only some of the great

       qualities he represents. It was a pleasure to have him on board for my remix

       project! He transformed an existing song into an amalgam of musical vibes,

       elevating the original track to the next level of awesomeness.”

       -Ania Tarnowska (I Ya Toyah). Remix available here.

       

      “I hit up mixmaster Dan Milligan of The Joy Thieves to turn one of my recent

       songs 'The Imposter' into something completely different than what I

       originally came up with. I’m actually not sure what I was expecting once he

       agreed to it…I just wanted to see what would happen! I did give him the

       option to say no, but I was also really hoping he would say yes. because I

       heard his mix for Drownd and thought, 'I gotta get me some of that!'

       Given that my music is pretty heavily influenced by the 90s Chicago

       industrial/Wax Trax scene, I figured he would 'get' me, and I was right. He

       took my slightly-less-conventional, glitchy, snarly, unwieldy beast of a track

       and turned it into an industrial rock stomper. I’m a sucker for a huge, epic

       chorus in the veins of KMFDM/Sister Machine Gun/PIG and he latched right

       onto that and totally delivered. Forgive the pun but I’m overjoyed!”

       -Adrian Halo (Machines With Human Skin). Remix of "The Imposter" available here. Remix of

​​       "Alone" by Machines With Human Skin available here.

      “Having Ravens’ song 'Like a Bomb' remixed by Dan and James of The Joy   

        Thieves was like giving the song a cooler older brother of itself. It's like an

        entirely new song which yields entirety new emotions. I always loved our

        version, but it is simply amazing what adding a few ears and minds to a song

        can do. 'Like a Bomb' got even more explosive! Thanks Dan and James, for

        giving 'Like A Bomb' a dose of your glorious selves. It is so appreciated and

        we can’t wait to share it, and even do a video for it.”

       -Eric Liljehorn (Ravens). Remix available soon. Video here.

 

      

        “Dan was able to reimagine ‘Like a Bomb’ in a way that was completely

        unexpected and totally fresh. The drums sound explosive and the re-thought

        guitar sounds and entrances really provided some stellar dynamics. The re-

        arrangement of the outro vocals was nothing short of genius.”

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        -Dee J Nelson (Ravens). Remix available soon. Video here.

"Working with Dan was an absolute pleasure. There is something very intimate and vulnerable about handing off your work to be remixed. You are trusting in someone else's vision. Dan surpassed my greatest hope's and expectations. He is talented and imaginative. I cant recommend working with him highly enough."

 

Scott-David Allen (A Covenant of Thorns). Remix available soon.