Drawing inspiration from the bombast of Muse and the unpredictability of Arcade Fire, the songs on Nothing But Thieves re-imagine the majesty of rock and roll, simultaneously kicking and comforting the listener. It's a worthwhile adventure.
It's 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 and things have certainly moved up a gear from their early days writing in Craik's Southend garage. At once thunderous yet delicate, raw yet methodical, they evoke the profound dynamics of music's more creative imaginations.
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.
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), Nothing But Thieves will undoubtedly take the band to the next level. They've always had the songs, now they have the platform.