Written By: Melanie Pabst
Originality: (4.5 / 5) Vocals/Flow: (5 / 5) Lyrics: (5 / 5) Production: (5 / 5) Average: (4.9 / 5)
If you haven’t heard of Nothing But Thieves, then do you really know good music? Most likely, yes. You probably still know good music, you just haven’t been introduced to all the good music. Well, I’m here to add to your collection with this new album from Nothing But Thieves called Broken Machine. If you’re looking for a solid, rock out in your car, blast the speakers until you can’t anymore, album to listen to, then I promise you this is it.
This English rock band from Southend-On-Sea, Essex consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Conor Mason, guitarist Joe Langridge-Brown, guitarist and keyboardist Dominic Craik, bassist Philip Blake, and drummer James Price. They formed in 2012 and have been on the rise ever since. The first song I heard from Nothing But Thieves was “Trip Switch,” and honestly, I wasn’t hooked on the beat entirely. It took me a few listens before I was really into it. But I was interested in the lead singer’s voice. That’s what initially captivated me. So, I looked at their other music and after that, they’ve been a band that I make sure to keep on my radar. To say I dig their sound is an understatement. From their self-titled debut album, Nothing But Theives, I fell in love with the rawness of the lyrics in “Lover, Please Stay.” And “Neon Brother,” is the best release song. Plus, you’ll fall in love with the guitar a bit.
The cool, yet creepy “Afterlife” will haunt you for some time after listening to it. It’ll linger in your mind and your bones for a while. You’ll catch yourself moving to the beat in your head, singing, “It was only ever you, It was only ever you, my baby!” This song touched me to my core, and I can vibe to it like no other. Not to mention, Conor Mason’s voice is from another planet. Both the regular, and the acoustic version of “Sorry,” have me belting my heart out to my lover in my head. In those three minutes and thirty-four seconds, I’m living every part of that song.
Then there’s the harder songs on the album, reminding us that Nothing But Thieves is here for rock, and they’re good at it. Songs like “Amsterdam’’ and “Particles” have such good sound that you’ll find yourself screaming alongside Conor Mason. But that’s mostly with every song on the album. Every part of “Hell, Yeah,” is so good, that it just takes me away. It transports me somewhere where it’s just me and this song. It’s that enjoyable.
Nothing But Thieves is just what you need when you’ve had a long day. Blast them for a while, scream a little bit, and you’ll slowly feel your stresses dissipate, lost in the radio waves and the vibes of the music. Put it on shuffle and get lost in some good music for a while.