Band of the moment Nothing But Thieves headed out across the UK this month on a sold-out tour. Having had their album hit the top 10 in the UK album charts and reach number one in the vinyl charts as well as appearing at Vevo’s Halloween show, the band couldn’t be having a better time right now. Their live show proved exactly why they deserve all this and more.
The band were supported by Witterquick and Pretty Vicious, two of the UK’s most promising new rock talents. For very young guys Pretty Vicious can certainly rock. They were loud and kept their passion and energy throughout – it was exhausting to just watch! Though exciting to watch, the band did suffer a little from the music overpowering the vocals, however in a few years’ time when they’ve perfected these things, they are sure to be tearing up the rock scene.
Witterquick, though being the first support, completely stole the support slots. They very quickly grabbed the growing audience’s attention with their brand of rock and held it throughout their short set. A great mixture of rock music and emotion-fuelled lyrics created something very promising. It’d be pretty safe to say that the band are sure to have picked up a lot of attention on this tour and this could be the start of something really good.[video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORQX4QQwmII]
However, the band everyone were waiting for were more than worth the wait. Kicking off their set with album track ‘Excuse Me’, Nothing But Thieves had arrived. Lead singer Connor’s vocals are absolutely unmistakable and this more than transfers to live performance as well. From hitting the high notes in ‘Excuse Me’ and ‘Honey Whiskey’ to the rawer vocals of ‘Itch’ and ‘Painkiller’, it has to be heard to be believed.
Throughout the set the audience were in the palm of the band’s hand, singing and occasionally headbanging along with nearly as much passion as the band. Covering a large amount of their recent self-titled debut album, the audience were spolit for choice if they wanted to pick a highlight. ‘Graveyard Whistling’ may well be it though. The song has something very special about it and the emotion really transfers into the live performance.
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Closing with hit track ‘Ban All The Music’, it was easy to realise that this is just the start of big things for the band. The 250 capacity venue could have been filled many more times, and it’s safe to say that the band are sure to be filling venues of much bigger sizes in the next few years. Nothing But Thieves are definitely ones to watch.
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