Nothing But Thieves - Nothing But Thieves (2015)

Tipped as one of the hottest bands of 2015, Nothing But Thieves have seen their music played on a variety of different mediums, including part of the playlist on BBC Radio 1 and their highly popular single 'Itch' being background music to a Sky Atlantic advert being shown on TVs all around the country.

Rating: ****.5/5

The opening to their debut album is 'Excuse Me', a strong introduction to what Nothing But Thieves is all about and what the rest of the album entails: a sombre and dark mood, some heavy guitars and eerie voice of vocalist Conor Mason, turning up the noise for the chorus. 'Wake Up Call' offers something a little different, as the verses sound more a funk/pop song, but they manage to keep it within their sound unlike some artists, who veer off to that sound in the rest of the songs - something they never do. 'Lover, Stay With Me' gives the listener a chance to step away from all of the rhythms of guitars and enjoy Mason's voice, as it's just him and some light string plucking as the accompaniment, which is a welcome and beautiful change, as it shows that the band have all kinds of capabilities with their songwriting and sound. 

It's surprising to hear about an album of this quality that some of the demos were recorded in a Southend garage without high-end recording equipment, and some of those demos are even included in the tracks that they recorded in the professional studios, but you wouldn't ever be able to tell. They've come so far since then and looking at the way this year's going and the success of this album, their fame is only going to increase, to more listeners and people going to see their shows.

You can buy their debut album Nothing But Theives now (released on 5th February 2016 in the US) on iTunes (UK | US), Amazon (UK | US) or stream the album for free on Spotify here. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram, Like their Facebook page or visit NBThieves.com. You can also see them on their headlining tour at the following dates:

22nd Oct – Manchester Academy 3 – Tickets – SOLD OUT 
23rd Oct – Leeds Wardrobe – Tickets
24th Oct – Glasgow G2 – Tickets
26th Oct – Newcastle O2 Academy2 – Tickets
27th Oct – Norwich Waterfront Studio – Tickets – SOLD OUT 
28th Oct – Birmingham Rainbow – Tickets – SOLD OUT 
30th Oct – London Electric Ballroom – Tickets – SOLD OUT 
1st Nov – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach – Tickets – SOLD OUT 
2nd Nov – Brighton The Haunt – Tickets – SOLD OUT 
26th Nov – Bristol Thekla – Tickets – SOLD OUT 
27th Nov – Belfast Sub Bar – Tickets
28th Nov – Dublin Academy 2 – Tickets
29th Nov – Liverpool Arts Club – Tickets

They're also appearing in some HMV stores over October and November for signings and acoustic performances. The dates and details are as follows:

16th Oct – HMV Southend – signing
18th Oct – Sound Knowledge Marlborough – acoustic and signing
19th Oct – Rise Bristol – acoustic and signing
20th Oct – Slipped Disc Billericay – acoustic and signing
21st Oct – HMV Manchester – acoustic and signing

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A K Jones
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