Cedar Falls, Iowa has had some bruisers in the past. In fact, Cedar Falls has almost always been the Hawkeye state’s stronghold for tight, intelligent music with an edge. Continuing in that tradition is the fist-pumpingly good Former Thieves.
Yesterday, the normally indie-leaning AV Club posted a stream of the quartet’s upcoming jam, The Language That We Speak, dropping courtesy of  No Sleep Records on Tuesday, April 19th.
The Cedar Falls hardcore group’s full-length debut is pretty darn impressive. It’s lean–10 tracks clocking in under a half an hour, it’s muscular with enough riffage to keep the Converge-cravers sated, and it has just enough swagger to stomp around to.
The Language That We Speak doesn’t shirk dynamics or hints of melody either. Tracks like “Pacemaker Trendsetter” and “Bad Friends” not only dip below 10 on the volume knob but also sneak in something a little less sludgy and almost whisle-worthy. I guess that technically makes them post-hardcore, but whatever. It’s still good shit.

Get at the opening cut, “Dead Horses are Turned into Glue,” below:

You can also stream the entire record here. After you get it under your skin, bounce on over to No Sleep and pre-order The Language That We Speak on CD or vinyl in red, clear, or black shellac. There are also some packages which include buttons and t-shirts so you can rep the band when you catch ’em on the road.
Speaking of the road, not only do Former Thieves knock out blistering blasts of hardcore, their also road warriors. The troupe will spend almost all of May and June marking up the map. Peep the dates below:

5/5: Detroit, MI – Magic Stick w/ La Dispute, Defeater, Native
5/6: Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen w/ La Dispute, Defeater, Native
5/7: Dekalb, IL – House Cafe w/ La Dispute, Defeater, Native
5/8: Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews w/ La Dispute, Defeater, Native
5/9: Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom w/ La Dispute, Defeater, Native
5/10: Memphis, TN – Hi Tone Cafe w/ La Dispute, Defeater, Native
5/11: Nashville, TN – Rocketown w/ La Dispute, Defeater, Native
5/12: Birmingham, AL – The Firehouse w/ La Dispute, Defeater, Native
5/13: Savannah, GA – Sweet Melissa’s w/ La Dispute, Defeater, Native
5/14: Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern w/ La Dispute, Defeater, Native
5/15: Raleigh, NC – The Brewery w/ La Dispute, Defeater, Native
5/17: Richmond, VA – Canal Club w/ La Dispute, Defeater, Native
5/18: Baltimore, MD – Charm City Art Space w/ La Dispute, Defeater, Native
5/19: Altoona, PA – Archway Center w/ La Dispute, Defeater, Native
5/20: Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar w/ La Dispute, Defeater, Native, Cave In
5/21: Louisville, KY – Krazy Fest w/ La Dispute, Defeater, Native
5/22: Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary w/ La Dispute, Defeater, Native
5/23: Hartford, CT – Webster Underground w/ La Dispute, Defeater, Native
5/24: New York, NY – Studio at Webster Hall w/ La Dispute, Defeater, Native
5/25: Worcester, MA – Palladium (upstairs) w/ La Dispute, Defeater, Native
5/26: Montreal, QC – Underworld w/ La Dispute, Defeater, Native
5/27: Toronto, ON – Wreck Room w/ La Dispute, Defeater, Native
5/28: Howell, MI – Bled Fest w/ La Dispute, Defeater, Native
5/31: San Francisco, CA – Sub Mission w/ The Carrier
6/1: Santa Cruz, CA – 105 Pioneer w/ The Carrier
6/2: Fresno, CA – Bel Tower w/ The Carrier
6/3: Canoga Park, CA – Cobalt Cafe w/ The Carrier
6/4: San Diego, CA – Che Cafe w/ The Carrier
6/5: Mesa, AZ – Nile Underground w/ The Carrier
6/7: San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit w/ The Carrier
6/8: Sherman, TX – VFW Hall w/ The Carrier
6/9: Little Rock, AR – Downtown Music w/ The Carrier
6/10: Nashville, TN – Rocketown (white building) w/ The Carrier
6/11: Atlanta, GA – Archive Gallery w/ The Carrier
6/12: Tampa, FL – Transitions Art Gallery w/ The Carrier
6/13: Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern w/ The Carrier
6/14: Raleigh, NC – The Brewery w/ The Carrier
6/15: Baltimore, MD – Charm City w/ The Carrier
6/16: Brooklyn, NY – Acheron w/ The Carrier
6/17: Poughkeepsie, NY – The Loft at The Chance w/ The Carrier
6/18: Portland, ME – Deering Grange w/ The Carrier
6/19: Providence, RI – Club Hell w/ The Carrier

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