Nothing But Thieves

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Nothing But Thieves
Nothing but Thieves Mad Cool 2016.jpg
Nothing But Thieves live at Mad Cool Festival 2016
Background information
OriginSouthend-on-Sea, Essex, England
GenresAlternative rock
Years active2012 (2012)–present
  • Conor Mason
  • Joe Langridge-Brown
  • Dominic Craik
  • Philip Blake
  • James Price

Nothing But Thieves are an English alternative rock band, formed in 2012 in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. They consist of lead vocalist and guitarist Conor Mason, guitarist Joe Langridge-Brown, guitarist and keyboardist Dominic Craik, bassist Philip Blake, and drummer James Price. In 2014, they signed to RCA Records.[1] Their style of music has been compared to the likes of Foals, The Neighbourhood, Civil Twilight, and Royal Blood. They have been played on alternative and active rock radio.


The band's single "Itch" picked up Hottest Record and Track Of The Day accolades on Radio 1 and also made it onto the Radio 1 playlist, as well as being added in regular rotation of Sirius XM new hard-rock channel Octane.[2] The band were picked by Gerard Way and thereafter Awolnation to support European dates.[3] They supported Arcade Fire and George Ezra at the BRITs show for War Child at the Electric in Brixton, performed at the NME Awards show, and toured with Twin Atlantic, Darlia, and Young Guns on separate support tours across the country. They have also been added to a multitude of European festivals including Reading & Leeds and Isle of Wight Festival. They have appeared twice on Radio 1's Live Lounge, Maida Vale session. In November 2014 they supported Twenty One Pilots alongside Purple at London's Electric Brixton.[4] In July 2015 they supported Muse at the Rock In Roma show, playing in front of 30,000 people.[5]

Their sold-out "Ban All the Music" tour of the UK began on 19 October 2015. Nothing But Thieves is the debut studio album by English alternative rock band Nothing but Thieves. It was released on 16 October 2015 in the UK through Sony Music Entertainment,[6] and on 5 February 2016 in the US through RCA Victor.[7] It was produced by Julian Emery, with additional production by Jim Irvin, Dominic Craik and Larry Hibbitt, and mixes by Cenzo Townshend and Adam Noble.

Their debut album, Nothing But Thieves, entered the Official UK chart at No. 7, peaked at No. 3 on iTunes, and was No.1 on the vinyl album charts. A second British tour in April 2016, to be called the Under My Skin Tour, was announced on 9 November 2015. The band had to postpone some dates on their "Under My Skin" tour as they were asked to support Muse on their "Drones" tour.[8] They tweeted their elation on Twitter, branding the experience "pretty awesome".

In June 2016 they announced further tour dates in November and December 2016 in Birmingham, Manchester and London climaxing at the 5,000 capacity Brixton Academy.[9].As of May 4, 2017, the album has sold over 250,000 copies, and accumulated 174 million track streams.[10]

A small tour of UK clubs took place in late May 2017, to support "Amsterdam," the first single from their second album Broken Machine, released on 8 September 2017. On 5 August 2017 they played to a crowd of over 500,000 people at Woodstock Festival Poland. On 23 August 2017 they supported Muse and Biffy Clyro at Vital Festival in Belfast. Their UK 2017 tour was completely sold out. The band has also managed to sell out two consecutive nights at the Roundhouse in London. Sarah Taylor said on Varsity "In general, this album pushes more boundaries than the last one. The band carved a name for themselves with their debut, but here it feels like they’re trying to define themselves to a further extent; there’s more variety in the music and lyricism, and more politics, too. Joe Langridge-Brown, guitarist and lyricist alongside Mason, said that “all the songs on the album are things that we’ve gone through or spoken about: Trump, religion, bigotry...” and ‘Live Like Animals’ is an anthem for the disillusioned youth. It features lyrics such as “We put our lives all up for sale / We get our truth in the daily mail” and “We’re gonna make ’em build a wall / We’re gonna live like animals”. Other tracks, such as ‘Broken Machine’ itself, and the deluxe version’s ‘Number 13’ are more experimental rhythmically: they’re the type of songs you have to listen to a few times before you decide whether you like them or not. I did, and I do." [11].

On 24 August 2018, the band debuted a new song live entitled "Forever and Ever More" at Reading Festival, which was released as the lead off single from their new EP, "What Did You Think When You Made Me This Way?" a few days later.[12] The EP was released on 19 October 2018 alongside the second single from, "Take This Lonely Heart", on the same day.


  • Conor Mason - lead vocals, guitars
  • Joe Langridge-Brown - guitars, backing vocals
  • Dominic Craik - guitars, keyboard, piano, backing vocals
  • Philip Blake - bass guitar
  • James Price - drums, drum machine


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
BEL (Fl)
BEL (Wa)


Nothing but Thieves 7 27 111 104 72 97 36 74 130 11 15
Broken Machine
  • Released: 8 September 2017
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Formats: CD, DL, LP, Cassette[26]
2 12 29 76 41
8 27 195 46

Extended plays[edit]

  • If You Don't Believe, It Can't Hurt You (28 October 2013)

Tracks: Graveyard Whistling, Emergency, Itch

  • Graveyard Whistling (18 July 2014)

Tracks: Graveyard Whistling, Itch, Emergency, Last Orders

  • Ban All the Music (7 July 2015)

Promo EP, Europe only.

  • Urchin (16 October 2015)

Tracks: "Itch", "If I Get High", "Excuse Me", "Ban All the Music" (Newly recorded, alternative, acoustic versions of album tracks.)

Tracks: "Forever & Ever More", "Gods", "You Know Me Too Well", "Take This Lonely Heart"


Title Year Peak chart positions Album

BEL (Fl)




Rock Air.


"Wake Up Call" 2014 4 71 32 30 19 39 30 Nothing But Thieves
"Tempt You (Evocatio)"
"Ban All the Music" 2015 40
"Itch" 111
"Trip Switch" 9 60 2 35 1 28 6 19
"Honey Whiskey"
"If I Get High" 2016
"Excuse Me" 26
"Amsterdam" 2017 3 25 Broken Machine
"Sorry" 89 29 53 22 23 40
"I'm Not Made by Design"
"Broken Machine"
"Particles" 2018
"Crazy" non-album single
"Forever & Ever More" 16 29 [A] 48 What Did You Think When You Made Me This Way?
"Take This Lonely Heart" 34
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ "Forever & Ever More" did not enter the Netherlands Single Top 100 but peaked on the Netherlands Single Tip Chart at number 26.[35]

Featured in[edit]

  • "Emergency" by the Pegboard Nerds (13 October 2014)
  • "Holding Out for a Hero" for the trailer of "Vikings" series 2 (12 March 2015)
  • "Ban All the Music" in soundtrack for the EA Sports game "Madden NFL 16" (25 August 2015)
  • "Trip Switch" in FIFA 16 (22 August 2015)
  • "In My Head" by Riza Safinia, featuring Nothing But Thieves in original motion soundtrack for Enter the Dangerous Mind (10 February 2015)
  • "If I Get High" in The Royals, Season 2 episode "Is Not This Something More Than Fantasy?" (29 November 2015)
  • "Wake Up Call" in NHL 17 (13 September 2016)
  • "Painkiller" in Asphalt Xtreme (27 October 2016)
  • "Ban all the Music" in The Vampire Diaries episode "Postcards from the Edge"
  • "Excuse Me" in "The Originals" Season 3 Episode 5 "The Axeman's Letter" (5 Nov 2015)
  • "Itch" in Netflix advertisement
  • "Get Better" in trailer for Poldark (2017)
  • "Amsterdam" in NHL 18 (15 September 2017)
  • "I Was Just a Kid" in Need for Speed Payback (10 November 2017)
  • "Forever and Ever More" in 13 Reasons Why (2017)


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  30. ^ Peak chart position on the UK Rock & Metal Singles Chart:
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  34. ^ Peak chart positions in Scotland:
  35. ^ "Netherlands Single Tip Chart - September 22, 2018". MegaCharts. 21 September 2018. Retrieved 14 September 2018.

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