It was only seven months ago that Nothing But Thieves were in Brisbane playing to a sold out crowd at The Brightside and now the UK five piece are back playing to a bigger crowd in a bigger venue with a whole lot of energy. As they took to the stage to the opening riff of ‘I Was Just A Kid’ they instantly commanded the audiences attention with their unique energy. Drowned in dark and moody lights lead singer Conor Mason impressed with his strong and powerful vocals that conveyed a very theatrical rock delivery. Diving into a setlist of fan favourites like ‘Number 13’, ‘Wake Up Call’, ‘Soda’, ‘Broken Machine’ and ‘I’m Not Made By Design’ they had the crowd singing along and engaged. They admitted early on that they were extremely jet lagged but very excited and grateful to be back in Australia and playing shows again. And by looking at their smiles and their level of attention you could tell that they meant every word. As they went through their setlist the crowd continued to singalong to every track and whilst it was a bit more of a relaxed atmosphere they were still living in the moment.
The emotional ‘Particles’ and ‘If I Get High’ had everyone swaying and even had a girl next to me shedding a couple of tears. It was in these intimate tracks that Conor’s vocals really shined and showcased a even greater depth and power. His vocals didn’t seem to have any limits and as he continued to deliver versatile and theatrical indie-rock vocals you became even more intrigued by him and the band. Turning up the volume for ‘Trip Switch’, Reset Me’ and ‘Sorry’ they had everyone grooving and singing along before saying good-night. After a brief moment they walked back on stage to the cheering crowd and launched straight into their single ‘Sorry’ that once again begun a massive singalong. Cutting the encore short by one song due to their overcoming jet lag Conor said goodnight to the still grateful crowd and closed the show with their mega hit ‘Amsterdam’. It was a massive step up from their show at The Brightside and proved why they are deserving of bigger venues and bigger crowds. Whilst they may not have been feeling the best they still delivered a great live show full of high energy and big vocals.
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Photos by Blake Lewis