Thieves and Villains are an American indie rock band from the Hudson Valley region of New York, formed in 2007, and signed to Victory Records.
Thieves and Villains name is derived from lyrics penned by guitarist/vocalist/pianist Christopher Pennings, and when asked about the meaning in an interview the band stated: "People often have to engage in sketchy behavior to get ahead, so we decided that instead of ever allowing ourselves to follow that path we'd name our band 'Thieves and Villains' so that we as people don't have to be." Having met via the local Hudson Valley, NY music scene in 2005, Sergio Otaegui and Christopher Pennings decided to form the band in early 2007 following the breakups of their previous groups. The band claims to be influenced by "any artist that pushes themselves to exceed their own creative expectations" and are known for their driving indie/alternative/rock sound. After posting their initial demos online on April 1, 2007, the band quickly hit the road to embark on a two month long national tour followed by a three week stint on the 2007 Van's Warped Tour. After more demoing and touring, the band announced their signing to the Chicago,IL based Victory Records in February 2008.