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!
3/19/20: 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!
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: 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!
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
MUSIC & MERCH
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.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
"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.”
-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.