Midway through their support on the Muse Drones tour, Nothing But Thieves made a stop at one of Glasgow’s finest venues – The O2 ABC. Filling the place with adoring fans who were more than eager to take the lead from the fresh-faced and angelic-voiced frontman Conor Mason was the first thing checked off the list. Next up was bringing their modern, melodic brand of electro-rock to a headline slot in a city that loves to party every night of the week.
When you put these guys together they are a tight unit. Each knowing they can rely on the others to bring a top album to reality onstage. You don’t get picked up to tour arenas with the likes of Gerard Way, Twin Atlantic and Muse – to name a few – without knowing how to make music and use it to manipulate a mass of moving bodies who are belting out every word back at them with slightly drunken ferocity.
Conor’s vocal can be described as closely resembling that of Matt Bellamy at times. With his ability to hit a wide range of notes, moving between powerful and serene with ease. This is as apparent in a live setting as much as it is on record. He’s also backed up to the hilt by those around him too. Fluent in shredding his Gretsch guitar while pulling off Gary Moore-esque facials is lead guitarist Joe Langridge-Brown. On support guitar and keys is Dominic Craik and lurking in the background we have the dynamic duo on rhythm – bassist Philip Blake and drummer James Price.
Thursday evening was a chance for NBT to spread their wings and deliver a full set worth of their catalogue – which they did and then some by including a fantastic, note-for-note cover of The Pixies’ Where is My Mind? Other highlights included the big-hitter singles like ‘Trip Switch’, ‘Hostage’ and set-closer ‘Ban all the Music’ during which Conor decides to go for an impromptu crowd-surf to the delight of a pocket of teeny-boppers and one long-haired gentleman who was initially standing next to me before rushing to get close to his hero.
A successful night for a band who are on the rise, with a lot of airplay on UK as well as International radio. You can catch Nothing But Thieves on the remainder of their headline tour around the UK as well as a few choice Muse arena shows during the remainder of April. If you can’t do that, take a look at our photos from the Glasgow show below.