Project Description

NOTHING BUT THIEVES
@ Factory Theatre
15/12/17
(Live Review)

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About two months ago, as my favourite artists started to become irritatingly familiar, I found myself on the fourth page of a google search, looking for a new artist to fall in love with. I passed by quiet indie acts who strummed their guitars mellowly and stylish punk groups with flashy music videos. I passed them all until one group stood above all others. And that group was Nothing But Thieves.

While only formed five years ago in 2012, Nothing But Thieves (NBT) quickly impressed famous British stars Muse, who eagerly invited them to play support on a worldwide tour. Since then, NBT has released two studio albums, the latter of which, titled ‘Broken Machine’ came out only months ago in September.

Taking the stage to immediately deafening screams from the audience, NBT wasted no time in building up slowly, launching straight away into the high-energy ‘I’m Not Made by Design’. As if the lead singer’s, Conor Mason’s, vocals weren’t impressive enough alone, the entire audience excitedly joined in for the chorus, filling the Factory Theatre with an intense, euphoric energy.
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After the song was concluded and the pace for the rest of the night was established, Mason charmingly engaged with the audience, relating a story from the tour, as the whole audience hung on every word. Continuing the show, NBT went through hit songs ‘Trip Switch’, ‘Ban All the Music’, ‘Itch’, ‘Sorry’, and ‘Graveyard Whistling’, amongst many others. All of which, of course, the audience sang word for word right back to them.

After an hour of unnaturally skilled singing, Mason proceeded to take a ‘diva break’, as he called it, drinking some tea while the rest of the band played together for a few minutes. And it really served to show how NBT doesn’t hang on any single element of the band, as every one of its members is an incredibly talented musician and performer, constantly engaging the audience.

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Tea break done, Mason took centre stage while the rest of the band enjoyed their own break. Playing the acoustic guitar, Mason almost brought the audience to tears with his emotional renditions of ‘Hell, Yeah’ and ‘Soda’. It was awing to see him maintain a high note as members of the audience broke off, unable to keep pace, and yet still he kept on.

The full band now back on stage, to finish the night they played crowd favourites ‘Broken Machine’, ‘Particles’, and most energetic of all, ‘Amsterdam’. I wish I could transport you to that night with my words, but it can’t be conveyed how magical that one song was, with the massive amount of energy being exchanged between band and audience.

The cheering must’ve kept on for several solid minutes after the last song played its final note, while the band sheepishly and adorably gleamed back. About to depart for the night, Mason promised that Nothing But Thieves would return to Sydney in late 2018, and I couldn’t recommend seeing them live enough if you get a chance.

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Reviewer Details

  • Yegor Mitin