album review... Nothing But Thieves - Nothing But Thieves

Nothing But Thieves are a buzz band. The name has been everywhere. With singles from the debut record getting played on the nation's biggest radio show and getting the Hottest Record in the World title it's been hard to not hear about Nothing But Thieves. The band have supported Twin Atlantic, Young Guns and AWOL Nation, played Reading and Leeds Festival and did one of their biggets shows yet as main support for Muse's huge Rock in Rome show in the summer. The band have now sold out their entire forthcoming UK headline tour. It's safe to say that the Southend five piece have come along way from writing in their guitarist's garage and if the shows didn't prove that then the debut album might. Nothing But Thieves' self titled debut LP is a major leap into the scene. Opening with Excuse Me, an atmoshpheric and chilling track with a monsterous chorus (something that Nothing But Thieves are good at) the band set the bar high and then destroy it with the second song and single Ban All The Music. Frontman Conor Mason has a NBT_ALBUMvoice like no other, projecting over massive drums and heavy guitars. It's a voice that could fill out an arena and quite possibly one of the finest voices in the UK rock scene. The album progresses with sing alongs like If I Get High and Wake Up Call, which though a great track, feels like the chorus is just missing out on something.  Melodies really shine through in Hostage which has a clear pop influence that continues through Trip Switch and Drawing Pins, another track with a huge chorus. Like the record's huge start, Nothing But Thieves' self titled has to have a big closing which would have been delivered if they record had have ended on second to last track Paimkiller, a fast and loud track complete with a guitar solo, but unfortunately the band close on a slow and melodic Tempt You which without a doubt is a great track and really let's Mason's vocals shine through, just it should be sitting more comfortably in the middle of the record.

It's a strong effort from Nothing But Thieves and it's a record that will keep people talking. There is still space for the band to grow and hopefully album two will provide just that. For now though, check out Nothing But Thieve's huge Ball All The Music from their debut self-titled LP.