Hot off the back of an arena tour with Muse, Nothing But Thieves make a welcome return to the North East of England.

The demand was so high for this show that it has been long since sold out. There were desperate pleas from the band’s fans all over social media today, trying to get ahold of tickets for the show. Subsequently, the Riverside in Newcastle is packed to the proverbial rafters.

The band’s intro tape,  “Sick, Sick, Sick” by QOTSA gets the audience fired up, as the British five-piece takes to the stage and launch straight into “Itch, ” the frantic “Painkiller, ” and “Hostage” from their debut self-titled album. One thing immediately apparent is that the band has both the talent and the material to become a commercial success.  Judging by the crowd in attendance tonight, the band is building a strong fanbase to back them up.

The band’s sound is characterized by front man Conor Mason’s incredible vocal range. It’s plain to hear that Nothing But Thieves draw influence from many 90s indie/alternative bands. One of which is The Pixies, to whom the band pays homage to with a superb cover of “Where Is My Mind.” On the other hand, the bass heavy “Drawing Pins” has a Seattle grunge sound to it, with strong reverb-filled hypnotic guitar riffs that whip the crowd into a frenzy.

Mason has an incredible falsetto vocal style reminiscent of the great Jeff Buckley particularly on tracks like “Excuse Me,” and the hauntingly beautiful “Tempt You.” We are sure that Buckley himself would have approved.

The band closed out their set with the superb “Wake Up Call,” which has the crowd singing along with Mason in unison.

Nothing But Thieves returned to the stage with the beautiful mid-tempo number,  “If I Get High,” before the band brings the funk with “Trip Switch” and “Ban All Music.”

Mason states that this has been the best gig of the tour so far and who are we to argue with him. Nothing But Thieves are destined for big things; they will inevitably be a hit on the summer festival circuit this year.

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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