English Rockers, Nothing But Thieves Release STELLAR Sophomore Album ‘Broken Machine’

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Hailing from Essex, Nothing But Thieves formed in 2012 and haven’t slowed down since. Members include lead vocalist and guitarist Conor Mason, guitarist Joe Langridge-Brown, guitarist and keyboardist Dominic Craik, bassist Philip Blake, and drummer James Price.

If you like Foals/Muse/Panic! at The Disco, this is a band for you.

Nothing But Thieves, debut album artwork

According to a RCA Records press release, Nothing But Thieves’ self-titled debut album in 2015 has sold over 250k and streamed over 174 Million tracks globally to date. Stacking up performances across U.S. television, the band has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Conan, and The Late Late Show With James Corden. Touring on their debut album included stops at summer’s hottest festivals including BottleRock, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Voodoo Festival, and Life Is Beautiful, along with headlining their own North American tour during the fall of 2016.

September 9, 2017 marked the launch of album number 2, Broken Machine.

Broken Machine, album artwork

The first track to be released was Amsterdam, accompanied by a entrancing video complete with thrashing dancers in a world consumed by technology that has left zombies to recognize all they’ve lost in life. Instantly falling in love with this initial track, this was just a taste of the main course.

Sorry was released as the next single, and I was hooked. A video accompanied this track as well and follows the enlightened theme of the world ending, but finding peace with your mistakes. Makes you wonder what you’d be doing in that scenario… A bit slower than the initial single, you could tell this new album was going to show all sides of this band. Hard, soft, rocking, rolling, Nothing But Thieves keeps their bag of tricks full and inspired.

Holy hell… then August 19th, a lucky crowd at Brixton Academy got a sneak preview of I’m Not Made by Design. The combination of live energy, flashing lights, and quick cut camera shots in this video gave be mad goosebumps. My only conclusion, THIS ALBUM IS GOING TO BE AMAZING.

A little over a week out (Sept 1) of the sophomore album launch (Sept 9), a stripped version of title track Broken Machine was released. The song starts as soft as Conor’s sweater looks, complete with his magical falsetto then transitions into a heavy chorus. I love the confidence behind the band in this video as well. They’re not playing this like a new track. The muted colors of the video are perfect as not to distract from this perfectly crafted cocktail. At this point, I’m completely salivating and ready for the full meal.

September 9th, dinner is served. Album release day! Broken Machine is out complete with 15 tracks, 13 songs with 1 acoustic version of track 3 Sorry and 1 piano version of track 8 Particles.

Outside of the initial released tracks, my early favorites are I Was Just A Kid, Live Like Animals, and Particles. This album really is solid. Broken Machine is truly a great record and an early favorite for the year.

What can fans expect now? Nothing But Thieves will embark on a headlining U.S. tour this fall. No stops currently planned for Texas, but I’m hoping for a second leg early in 2018 or some additional dates to be added. I defiantly want to hear this record live!

Have a favorite track off Broken Machine or have plans to see them live? I want to know! Let me know is the comments below.

In the meantime, catch me repping tha boys round town.

Be sure to order the new album Broken Machine and get ready to rock.


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