English band Nothing But Thieves gained the respect from pillars of the modern rock community – among them is Muse, who took them out as support band on their 2016 arena tour.
Nothing But Thieves consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Conor Mason, guitarist Joe Langridge-Brown, guitarist and keyboardist Dominic Craik, bassist Philip Blake, and drummer James Price. The alternative rock band’s music celebrates eclecticism and songcraft. “We weren’t setting out to write something completely different, but I would say we experimented more, tried to push the boundaries, tried to capture something that pushed us outside of our comfort zone,” says guitarist Dom Kraik. “If a song made us feel a bit odd, that’s good.” In fact, it’s that spirit that motivates them. “The mantra of the band is to not regurgitate any ideas,” says frontman Conor Mason.
Less of a consideration is whether their songs are arena-ready anthems, despite road testing their last collection while on tour with Muse. That, they say, will come naturally. “It shouldn’t be a conscious thing to write those kinds of songs. Sorry and Particles could be deemed big arena songs, but they could equally have been tiny and indie – we didn’t set out to write them as massive tunes.”
Actually, say the band, they hope simply to keep growing as they have in those incredible two years since their debut. Their main goal is more noble. “We’re a guitar band with a really modern take on music,” says Conor. “We’re trying to be on the forefront. We play guitars, but we’re not a rock band in the traditional way, because we’re trying to modernise and push the boundaries of what you’re supposed to sound like as a band.”
Nothing But Thieves will perform their well loved hits “If I Get High”, “Lover, Please Stay”, Amsterdam, “Sorry”, “Particles”, “Wake Up Call” and many more at the Kia Theater on January 21, 2018 produced by Ovation Productions. Tickets available through www.ticketnet.com.ph and regular Ticketnet outlets. Ticket prices are at: P5750, 3750, 1750; available starting November 3, 2017.