If juggling a support slot for Muse around Europe, and your own headline tour is meant to be tiring, then Nothing But Thieves are doing a sterling job of not letting the fatigue show.
With one sold-out UK tour under their belts, Essex five-piece Nothing But Thieves are busy embarking on their next as well as supporting rock legends Muse around Europe. Guitarist Dom Craik chats to Ellie Kemp about weird fan encounters, meeting Thom Yorke from Radiohead and life on the road.
You had to reschedule some of your Under My Skin tour dates due to supporting Muse – how did that come about?
We played with Muse last year in Rock in Roma. I think they’d been sent our music. We got asked to do 16 more dates with them, which is ridiculous. We found out that it clashed with our UK headline dates and it was such an internal battle. We worked out that we could reschedule the dates pretty quickly and we’ve kind of made it work out for the best. Continue reading “Nothing But Thieves Q and A”
This month’s featured artist is… As December Falls!
Nottingham locals As December Falls are a four-piece pop-rock band, consisting of vocalist Bethany Curtis, guitarist Ande Hunter, bassist Timmy Francis and drummer Lukas James.
Here are some of the tracks which have kicked off my 2016 very nicely – which songs are on your playlist?
Nothing But Thieves (Recommended Track: Wake Up Call)
A fresh, indie-rock track, Wake Up Call is taken from the Essex band’s self-titled debut album. Comprising of a punchy drum beat coupled with simple yet catchy guitar riffs, and lead singer Conor Mason’s flawless falsetto, it’s no wonder the track’s been championed by the likes of Zane Lowe and Fearne Cotton. It’s also a pretty fitting track for the New Year – we are all in need of a wake up call at some point. Vocalist Conor Mason, guitarists Joe Langridge-Brown and Dom Craik, drummer James Price and bassist Phil Blake are embarking on a 10-date UK tour from March – some tickets are still available here.
Thursday 10 December saw three talented bands – The Band With No Name, Corrupt Nation and Kynch – take to The Shed as part of the Young Band Christmas Showcase.
Opening the showcase was the youngest of the bands, four-piece The Band With No Name. They played a mix of rock covers, from The Ramones to Foo Fighters. A stand-out track was their version of Royal Blood’s Careless, which was rather professional to say just how young they were.
Tuesday 10 November saw alternative four-piece Catfish and the Bottlemen play Rock City in Nottingham, for the first time since their last tour back in 2014.
This was my first time at Rock City, and after seeing videos from the band’s previous tour dates, I knew that it was definitely going to be an experience.
I expected crowd surfers, a vibrant atmosphere, and ringing ears – and boy did they deliver!
Friday 10 June 2015 saw Ed Sheeran kick off his record-breaking first night at Wembley Stadium. 80,000 people filled the stadium to see him, and as the only artist to single-handedly sell out 3 consecutive nights at Wembley, the show was highly anticipated.
A gig this big required some great opening acts – Irish singer Foy Vance and OneRepublic warmed the crowd up nicely. Vance showed off his amazing vocals whilst playing guitar, and eventually moved onto a keyboard to demonstrate more of his musical talents. OneRepublic were bursting with energy, and frontman Ryan Tedder also showed off his musicality, jumping from instrument to instrument and flaunting his vocal range. They even mashed up their hit ‘Apologise’ with Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me,’ which Tedder admitted he ‘wished he wrote.’