Nothing But Thieves grabbing U.S. alt-rock airtime with debut single
Nothing But Thieves is the self-titled debut studio album from a new alternative rock band out of England. The album via RCA Victor/Sony Music Entertainment was produced by British musician, songwriter, and producer Julian Emery (Plain White T’s, David Cook, Halestorm) along with Jim Irvin, Dominic Craik, and Larry Hibbert. “In an era where tracks are produced by committee and honed by focus groups, Nothing But Thieves are a rare beast indeed,” declares MTV in its Brand New for 2015 spotlight, calling the English alternative rockers “a band with the talent, integrity and vision to create heartbreakingly beautiful music entirely on their own terms.”
Nothing But Thieves started as a schoolmate experiment between friends Conor Mason (vocals) and Joe Langridge-Brown (guitar), who played in a variety of bands in their hometown of Southend, Essex, England. The young musicians were inspired by artists from Ray Charles and Led Zeppelin to Foo Fighters and Arcade Fire. The group was later complemented by classically trained guitarist Dominic Craik, his cousin Philip Blake (bass), and James Price (drums). Craik brought a “musicality and learning to the table that made everyone sit up and take notice,” reads a press statement. The band soon found Craik’s formal training was a perfect fit for Langridge-Brown’s “self-taught chops,” an element that lies at the heart of the Nothing But Thieves sound.
“Joe knows [nothing] about theory and that’s the best thing about him,” says Craik, adding the band believes in the philosophy that “if it sounds good, it sounds good.” Craik continues that while knowing the “right” way to play is all very well, “You want a million different options for the next chord,” he says. The sentiment is also a tribute to the late Jeff Buckley, who is the band’s “foremost influence.” Mason describes the artist’s “rip-up-the-rulebook approach” as “effortless genius.”
While Buckley’s legacy looms large over Nothing But Thieves the group has spent three years crafting a sound and style that’s very much its own. An important part of the process was established in 2012 during a six-week trip to the U.S.—a quest that took the band to Los Angeles, New York City, and Nashville—where they worked with several top songwriters and producers. The band members claim they returned “energized, inspired, and most important of all, accomplished songwriters in their own right.”
Nothing But Thieves gained early attention with several EPs including 2013's If You Don't Believe, It Can't Hurt You, and 2014's Graveyard Whistling. The self-titled, full-length debut features the singles ‘Itch,’ ‘Hanging,’ and ‘Trip Switch’ with the latter currently No. 25 on the Mediabase Alternative airplay chart. Nothing But Thieves was recorded at Angelic Studios, Little Drummer Boy, and Hits & Arts Studios. It entered the Official UK Albums Chart at No. 7 and peaked at No. 3 on iTunes. Nothing But Thieves opened its sold-out Ban All The Music Tour of the U.K. in October and is currently touring Europe and the U.K. through Dec. 9. The band opens 2016 in Japan (Jan. 16) before heading off to the Sound Wave Festival in Australia (Jan. 23-25).
Watch the official music video for ‘Trip Switch’ from the self-titled debut album by English alternative rock band Nothing But Thieves.
As A Matter of Fact…
* Nothing But Thieves is an English five piece alternative rock band from Southend-on-Sea in Essex, England. The group was formed in 2012 by schoolmates Conor Mason (vocals) and Joe Joe Langridge-Brown (guitar). The group was later completed by Dominic Craik (guitar), his cousin Philip Blake (bass), and James Price (drums).
* The band took a six-week trip to the United States in 2012 and worked with various songwriters in Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville. Only days before Nothing But Thieves was due to record its self-financed debut EP, the band recorded a song called ‘Emergency,’ which was promoted by popular DJ Zane Lowe on his BBC Radio 1 show.
* Several EPs preceded the Nothing But Thieves self-titled LP and next single, ‘Itch,’ which was picked by BBC Radio 1 as its Hottest Record and Track Of The Day, and the group was chosen to open for Gerard Way and Awolnation during European concert dates.
* In January 2015 Nothing But Thieves supported Arcade Fire and George Ezra during the BRIT Awards show in Brixton to benefit the War Child charity, an organization that works to aid and save the lives of more than 800,000 children in war torn countries.
* Nothing But Thieves has taken the stage at numerous European festivals including Reading & Leeds and Isle of Wight. The group has appeared twice on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, and supported Muse at Italy’s Rock In Roma festival.