THEIR POTENTIAL IS HUGE and not since More Than Conquerors or Lonely The Brave’s The Days War, has a debut grabbed us quite like this one from Southend’s finest. Clearly taking his cues from the Matt Bellamy and Thom Yorke school of high notes, lead singer Conor Mason carries the fight with consummate ease.
Tracks like the spine tingling-ly soulful If I Get High and Wake Up Call evoke memories of The Bends-era Radiohead and the more tender moments from Muse’s barnstorming best, Absolution. While Graveyard Whistling teeters a little too close to the mainstream for comfort, it still weighs in with some seriously infectious chorus lines, while Ban All The Music and Trip Switch square up for a battle of the anthems.
With a debut tour completely sold out, the future looks bright and while others continue to flail miserably in the wind looking for a sense of purpose, Nothing But Thieves have found there’s at the first attempt. (9)