(Camden, ME) One of the hottest new bands originating in New England is coming to the Camden Opera House stage on January 28 at 7:30 pm. The Ballroom Thieves are a rock-infused folk band trio formed in Boston. Compared to the Avett Bros. and Mumford and Sons, they retain their own unique style, and their audiences grow with every new show.

Life on the road is easily glamorized: the joy of shows, the wonder of new places, the stories. Yet the lifestyle is also a trying one: the suffocating isolation, the misery of being separated from loved ones, the unspoken tensions. If unprepared, this life can become your downfall. For Boston’s The Ballroom Thieves, it became their sophomore album, Deadeye.

“Deadeye finds (the band) processing and paying tribute to the paradoxical pairing of joy and heartache that comes with living life inside a small van and onstage.” – The Boot

How the Deadeye Album Materialized

The harmony-rich folk on the Thieves’ debut, A Wolf in the Doorway, led to guitarist Martin Earley, cellist Calin Peters, and drummer Devin Mauch spending the last two years in a sustained state of touring and taking stages across the country, including the venerable Newport Folk Festival. Though they were prepared for the sudden lack of a sedentary existence — even packing their apartments into storage units — it wasn’t long before nearly nonstop touring began to take its toll.

As the stability of home faded along the relentless road, fresh anxieties came into focus: depression, financial burdens, illness, crumbling relationships. Instead of addressing these troubles, the Thieves doubled down on the band, and the edges began to fray. “I think if you give everything to something for long enough, you have nothing left for you,” Peters says, “and then you break down.” Resentment and stress built up; the only thing that would provide temporary reprieve was taking the stage to perform the music they so dearly love.

That need to play through the pain led to the band crafting new songs, ones written in the midst of all their bitter feelings. What couldn’t be spoken between the band mates was put down into fresh material that transmuted the drama of the previous few months into a weightier, expanded sound. All of that pent up negative energy was unleashed as the fiercest music the band has ever recorded.

Deadeye captures the band at a time when they were at their absolute lowest, but it may also prove to be the album that saves The Ballroom Thieves.

For more on The Ballroom Thieves, please visit www.ballroomthieves.com.

How to Purchase Tickets

General admission tickets are just $14 in advance or $16 at the door. The box office opens at 6:30 pm; auditorium doors open at 7:00 pm for seating. Tickets are available online at www.camdenoperahouse.com, by calling 207-536-5850, at the Camden Town Office Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (29 Elm Street in Camden) or at the door night the of the show. The media sponsor for the show is Maine Magazine. Fireside Restaurant and Lounge of Camden will be set up in the Katherine Aldridge Tucker Room of the Opera House serving their gourmet pizza, craft beer and wines for purchase to attendees.

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