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FRIDAY, OCT. 2, 2009

Band has thrived since ‘Decker House’ EP

Erick Jordan doesn’t like to overthink things too much. Especially when it comes to making an album.

The last time the lead singer for the Rosewood Thieves made an actual plan for a record, he and his entire band almost went crazy.

That was for the Thieves’ 2006 debut release, “From The Decker House EP,” recorded in a farmhouse in the-middle-of-nowhere Pennsylvania.

Jordan was fresh out of high school, a recent addition to the now-defunct V2 indie label, signed on the strength of a handful of demos. His band hadn’t even played a show yet and were stuck in a cramped studio apartment in upstate New York. They desperately needed more space.

So they bluffed their way into a job fixing up a farmhouse, the Decker House, in exchange for free room and board to write the album – completely cut off from technology and society, save for a shared cell phone with spotty service at best.

“We lied and said we knew what we were doing to fix up the place. After about three hours of work it was obvious that we didn’t, but they let us stay in the house anyway and we almost lost our minds,” Jordan said during a telephone interview.

“It sounds like a made-up story but it was real. There was no water, no heat, but we toughed it out for three months.”

Except the drummer, who jumped out of a window and ran away in the middle of the night.

“He made it to a Greyhound station, and went to live with his relatives in Pittsburgh,” Jordan said. “We finally got ahold of him, and he said he just couldn’t take it anymore.”

Despite the album’s tenuous birth, the Thieves received critical acclaim from the likes of the College Music Journal, National Public Radio and Paste magazine for their old-school rock ’n’ soul sound.

Subsequent releases received similar accolades, minus the labor pains of the Decker House.

After V2 went under, The Thieves retrieved their masters and self-released the more acoustic-laden “Lonesome EP.” Next, Jordan’s songwriting was bursting for the band’s first full-length, “Rise & Shine,” in 2008.

The trio released two more EPs this year: a tribute to soulman Solomon Burke, “Heartaches by the Pound,” and a live album, “Live at the Basement – Nashville, TN.”

Both records were made on impulse.

“ ‘Heartaches’ was totally spur of the moment,” Jordan said. “We didn’t have any shows so we decided to do that EP for fun and give it away to friends.

“(Burke) heard it before it was mixed and gave it his blessings, we decided to put it out.”

The Thieves have plans to write a new album over the winter, but Jordan said he really hasn’t given it much thought.

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