hmv.com reviews… Nothing But Thieves @ The Globe Cardiff
Nothing But Thieves showed off some tracks from their forthcoming second album Broken Machine last night (May 23rd) in Cardiff and we were there to take it all in...
Nothing But Thieves, back on the road again with their first tour after recording their new album Broken Machine.
In a packed Cardiff Globe with people filling up every space on the floors and balconies.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
Even though it was only advertised around a month ago, this gig sold out very quickly. Even amidst the tragic news of the last couple of days, the crowd tonight are in fantastic spirit, coming together as a community and enjoying great music as a whole.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
In non-traditional style, the band walk through the audience before hitting the stage to 'Ban All The Music'; usually, it's a closer to their sets, but they mean business tonight. Especially as it is then followed by singalongs on 'Wake Up Call' and the pacey 'Painkiller'.
We are treated to a mixture of songs across their entire catalogue, some new and some old. The new material this evening sounds like a band becoming even more comfortable with themselves, particularly in 'Design' which sees everyone pick up their instruments making it feel slightly heavier than their debut release.
Whilst new songs are being played tonight, we also get a first live outing for 'Neon Brother'; released as a bonus track on their first effort. You can see the excitement in the crowd when these rare cuts are played especially on 'Emergency'
Lead singer Connor Mason’s vocals are very well known for having a fantastic range and this is showcased in full flow on 'Itch' yet it still doesn’t overshadow the effort from the rest of the band. 'If I Get High' also sees his voice hit notes you never thought would be possible to hear in a live environment. 'Excuse Me' follows in the falsetto Muse-esq vocals but ends with an extended outro jam not dissimilar to something that 'Queens Of The Stone Age' would release.
They save the best until last with the first play live of their latest single 'Amsterdam'. It’s quite possibly their heaviest moment yet and combines everything that makes the band great mixing Mason’s vocals with the band’s intertwining guitars. By the end of it all you can really see both the audience and the band having a great time; with their smiles not leaving their faces for long after the instruments have been put down.
Any good between song banter?
There are remarks from the band talking about their fatigue and that Christmas is still "lingering" on them as well as members of the audience walking in on them in the toilet. With this being a typical Welsh crowd there is always going to be a little bit of banter thrown back and forth.
Did they put on much of a show?
Contrary to their own remarks, the band certainly don’t lack 'match fitness' playing every song with an awful lot of gusto and hitting all the right notes throughout.
What was the highlight of the set?
In a fitting tribute to the passing of Chris Cornell last week, they play a fantastic version of Audioslave’s 'Cochise' which sounds huge. It makes you remember what a special talent he was and the brief appearance that the song tonight is a special and tender moment which really encapsulates everything that has been going in the news recently.
Where can I catch them next?
This was the first night of the tour and the rest of it sees them tonight (24th) in London followed by dates in Norwich, Birmingham and York. Later this summer they will be performing at a number of festivals including a high-profile slot at '2000 Trees' early July. Be sure to catch them while you can, as this next album is sure to make them huge.