SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM
RELEASED ON OCTOBER 16TH 2015 VIA RCA VICTOR
With recent releases off the album gaining multiple playlist additions across XFM, Kerrang! and Radio 1 – where the band also bagged Hottest Record In The World and Track Of The Day accolades, things have really moved up a gear from their early days writing in Guitarist Dom Craik’s Southend garage.
Stream new track Honey Whiskey:
After a UK tour with Twin Atlantic late last year, the band entered 2015 as one of the UK’s most exciting new bands and buoyed by 2015 tips from iTunes, Spotify and XFM among others, a European tour, supporting AWOL Nation, followed. Unrelenting, the band then embarked on a UK tour with Darlia and gave a stand-out live performance at one of this year’s NME Awards shows. It was not long before the world took notice and playlist additions from Triple J Radio in Australia and Alt Nation Sirius XM in America followed, with legendary US radio station’s KCRW & KROQ also giving the band spins.
With the album now set for release in October, the band have been added to a multitude of international festivals, including Reading & Leeds, as well as the main support slot at Muse’s Rock In Rome show this weekend.
It is fair to say Conor Mason (vocals), Joe Langridge-Brown (Guitars), Dom Craik (guitars), Philip Blake (bass) and James Price (drums) form a definitive and unique sound. At once thunderous yet delicate, raw yet methodical, they evoke the profound dynamics of music’s more creative imaginations. Drawing inspiration from the bombast of Muse, the playfulness of Kasabian, the unpredictability of Arcade Fire, the songs re-imagine the majesty of rock and roll, simultaneously kicking and comforting the listener. It’s a worthwhile adventure.
After an extended trip stateside stopping in LA, Nashville and New York to broaden their creative influences – and get out of Guitarist Dom’s garage which had been their musical home for two years, the band returned to the UK in early 2014 armed with fresh ideas and a newfound impetus and belief in their sound.
Dom’s electronic “noodling”, Conor’s “old school” rocking, and Joe’s forays into “Riff Central” fused to form “a weird monster,” which the band grabbed by the tail and rode as it thrashed. As Joe shaped lyrics from the melodies the songs dictated, the definitive Nothing But Thieves sound began to take shape and together with producer Julian Emery (Lissie) their album was born. As Joe explains: “Many of these songs were written 2 to 3 years ago in a garage in Southend. We had a clear vision and knew what we wanted to create, so much so that we kept a lot of the takes that were recorded in the garage from the demos, which maybe isn’t the best thing in terms of sound quality, but fuck it. We really tried to not give ourselves any boundaries when writing the album. Collectively we hate albums that are the same song or formula repeated 11 times, it’s boring. It seems to be a bit of a trend at the moment too. Our first EP was eclectic in itself and the album is definitely a continuation of that, we’ve stretched the sound further. It’s both harder and more atmospheric. Songs like ‘Hostage’ were really nothing more than an experiment to see how electronics and Dance structures changed how we sound as a band. ‘Drawing Pins’ and ‘Ban All The Music’ is purely the sound we make when the 5 of us get in a room.”
Recorded between Angelic Studios, Little Drummer Boy and Hits & Arts Studios and mixed by Cenzo Townshend (Maccabees,U2, Florence & The Machine, Thirty Seconds To Mars) and Adam Noble ((Placebo, Don Broco, Kids In Glass Houses), The album will undoubtedly take the band to the next level. They’ve always had the songs, now they have the platform.
2. Ban All The Music
3. Wake Up Call
5. If I Get High
6. Graveyard Whistling
8. Trip Switch
9. Lover, Please Stay
10. Drawing Pins
12. Tempt You (Evocation)
LIVE DATES ::
17th Jul – Truck Festival (Oxford)
29th–30th Aug – Reading & Leeds Festivals
5th Sep – Bingley Music Live (Bingley)