Some musicians were destined to only ever play at home for their friends and family, while others succeed in making the stage surrounded by crowds of fans their home. Making the transition between these is the hard part, but I enjoy watching it happen. A clear example of this transition was made by the five piece, alternative rock band Nothing But Thieves who went from producing a single, to supporting the likes of George Ezra, Arcade Fire and Muse, to going on their sold out “Ban All The Music” UK and Ireland tour which started in October this year.
I had the pleasure of attending their Dublin gig a few weeks ago in the Academy 2. I didn’t know much about them or their music before I went if I’m honest but at €15 a ticket I thought why not and I don’t regret it at all. From start to finish you could really tell that their heart and soul was put into the whole performance. I was particularly impressed by their lead singer Conor Mason who as well as having such a powerful voice, in each song got visibly lost in the music, dancing along, clearly having the time of his life.
I would completely recommend listening to their debut album which was just released in October – It looks a little bit like..
Ever since the concert I have been listening to their album quite a bit and I can’t pick out a single song I don’t enjoy. My personal favourites are “Tripswitch“, “If I Get High” and “Wake Up Call“.
As for the venue ( The Academy 2): It was small, but not too small, definitely having a more up close and personal feel to it than other concert venues I’ve been in. This was perfect for Nothing But Thieves who succeeded in creating an almost intimate atmosphere with the audience especially during “If I Get High” and “Lover, Please Stay“.
Of course the concert as a whole wouldn’t have been what it was without their support act – Fangclub, who are a Dublin based, up and coming alternative rock band, best known at the moment for their single “Bullet Head“. They were pretty good on the night, putting a lot of energy into their performance which I thoroughly enjoyed despite not being a huge rock fan, having had never heard them before! I checked them out on Spotify after the concert and they are currently boasting 905 monthly listeners which is pretty impressive if I do say so myself. As well as listening to the Nothing But Thieves album, I have been listening to Fangclub‘s EP which band member Steven gave to me after they played. My current favourite on their EP at the moment is “Role Models” but as a whole the EP is fantastic. They are definitely a band to watch out for in future!
I can’t finish off this post without mentioning how incredibly friendly and humble each of the band members were. It was almost surreal. I’ve never had this kind of an experience at a concert before, in meeting band members who were so genuine in how they acted, without that showbiz superiority that have become common place now. As well as Fangclub‘s Steven giving me their EP, we met the drummer from Nothing But Thieves – James Price who I must admit looked a little uncomfortable about how we semi-fangirled at him and got a picture with him but was still so sweet and talked to us for a few minutes. After the concert we approached him again and he signed our tickets and gave my friend the set list they used on stage that night. We then approached the other members who by now were surrounded by a few small groups of young but obviously huge fans of theirs and asked for their signatures too. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get Conor’s signature but at least I have 4/5 of the bands signatures as a momento of what was overall a great and one of my favourite concert experiences to date. They said they would be back in Ireland next year and there is no doubt that I will be attending.
P.S. here’s a pic from the night