The Fire Theft (album)

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The Fire Theft
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 23, 2003
GenreProgressive rock, hard rock, art rock
ProducerBrad Wood, The Fire Theft
The Fire Theft chronology
The Fire Theft
Hands on You EP
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Metacritic63/100 [1]
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [2]
Pitchfork Media5.0/10 [3]

The Fire Theft is the debut and only studio album by American rock band The Fire Theft. This album was released September 23, 2003, through the independent record label Rykodisc. In September 2019, the service Run Out Groove made a poll on their site to test demand for vinyl reissues of their catalog, with one of the choices being The Fire Theft.[1] The album won out, and was subsequently remastered and reissued with new artwork.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Uncle Mountain" – 4:03
  2. "Waste Time Segue" – 1:02
  3. "Oceans Apart" – 4:15
  4. "Chain" – 3:43
  5. "Backwards Blues" – 2:46
  6. "Summertime" – 4:01
  7. "Houses" – 3:14
  8. "Waste Time" – 4:15
  9. "Heaven" – 4:12
  10. "Rubber Bands" – 4:01
  11. "It's Over" – 4:01
  12. "Carry You" – 4:22
  13. "Sinatra" – 14:49
  • Outtakes from this album include "Hands on You" and "Easy Whistle".
  • Some CD pressings omit "Waste Time Segue" showing "Oceans Apart" as track 2 and thus totaling only 12 tracks. This led to confusion as to the song titles as each track number after "Uncle Mountain" is offset by one (i.e. "Sinatra" is listed as track 12 even though it is track 13).

Chart positions[edit]


Year Chart Position
2003 Top Heatseekers 11[citation needed]
2003 Top Independent Albums 12[citation needed]
2003 The Billboard 200 198[citation needed]


The Band


  • Violin: Gregg Rice, Ken Wright
  • Viola: Sam Williams
  • Cello: Dave Beck
  • Bass Violin: Phil Wright
  • French Horn: Roger Burnett
  • Bass Trombone and Tuba: Dan Marcus
  • Clarinet: Craig Flory
  • Bass Clarinet, Clarinets, Flute, Piccolo: Jim Dejoie
  • Glockenspiel: Jeremy Enigk
  • Girl Voice: Kelsey Mackin
  • Children's Choir: Kelsey Mackin, Ella Banyas, Lilliam Louden-Mosio, Julia Thomas, and Lauren Hill


  • Produced by: Brad Wood and The Fire Theft
  • Mixed by: Brad Wood
  • Engineered by: Brad Wood, Jeremy Enigk, William Goldsmith, Greg Williamson, and Adam Wade.
  • Mastered at: Oasis Mastering
  • Recorded at: The Fire Theft STudio, Kirkland, WA; Brad's Guest House, Valley Village, CA; and The Park Studio, Studio City, CA.
  • Mixed at: The Park Studio, Studio City, CA
  • Management: Steve Smith/Smith Management Group
  • Booking U.S.: Jon Pleeter/The Agency Group
  • Booking UK: Russel Warby/The Agency Group
  • Legal: Stacy Fass


  1. ^ "THE FIRE THEFT - Past Titles". Retrieved 2019-10-09.