"Lyrically, I would say this album contains many of the strongest songs yet, running the gamut from a fuck-you to America to an anti-war anthem, to general rage against the way things are. They’re pure poetry yet they’re also memorable…and therefore perfect to spraypaint on the sides of buildings or tattoo on the inside of your lip, perhaps.
To sum up, I don’t know if they give out punk points anymore, but this album certainly earns our favorite Thieves a lifetime amount, and asserts with certainty that punk’s not dead."
The wait is OVER! American Parasite has now officially been released. And while it's available everywhere, we'd recommend buying it from the Armalyte Bandcamp page, so you can receive your free copy of Disaster Film (The Joy Thieves Live at Populist Studio)...an audio and video account of the very first time the band performed live in the studio together!
"American Parasite is nothing short of a masterpiece. Not since Rage Against the Machine debuted, have I heard a band that dedicated to their music and message to represent their art to illuminate social issues. It doesn't get any better than this! This should be on every critic's best albums of 2021 list."
"On the whole this is hands down my favourite punk album of 2021. I haven't heard anything that sounds like this in a very long time and to some extent it has rekindled my love of punk music. For a while now I've just been finding a lot of modern punk somewhat boring and heartless. It almost felt as if a lot of these modern bands discovered Pennywise and said, 'yeah this is what we're going to do,' but not The Joy Thieves. They've brought back the angst and the heart of earlier punk music and injected it right into the heart of a fading scene."
"...this is a slam-dunk, fast and furious ride, baby. This lot are far from American Idiot’s and the title track rocks and steamrollers over us like a wrecking machine, full of groove and vocal acidity. There’s a strong hint of punk about the album and the immediacy of the songs will not only make you want to come back for more but have plenty of hooks about them to make things really compulsive."
"Think The Dead Kennedys meets The Damned only with more aggression and you won't be far wrong. However, don't think that The Joy Thieves are punk revivalists as this could not be further from the truth. With this album they redefine the genre bringing it up to date whilst keeping the pureness and power of the original punk movement."
"Though the band has released three EPs and a single thus far, most of them teetered on the edge of industrial rock with a slight punk-edge. However, with their debut album they went straight to their punk roots and have released perhaps one of the greatest punk rock albums of all time."
Joy Thieves included on COP International's "Broken Hearts & Robot Parts II" Compilation
Today COP International released their "Broken Hearts & Robot Parts II" compilation, featuring Stoneburner (Stabbing Westward remix), I Ya Toyah, Silver Walk, Sick Jokes, and The Joy Thieves (as remixed by the legendary John Fryer!