Review: Nothing But Thieves at Metro Theatre, Sydney, 28 July 2018
Everything was present from the start for a brilliant Metro Theatre performance by Nothing but Thieves, as they stole the hearts of Sydney rock fans. From the opening moments, smooth vocals, distorted guitar licks and a “How the f*ck are we doing, Sydney?”, told the crowd they were in for a treat.
Perth’s Psychedelic Porn Crumpets opened the night with a solid set of melodic psych-rock building the already palpable excitement in the room.
Despite the moody tone of many of their tracks, Nothing but Thieves delivered a rock party to sing the pain away. Energy throughout the show was perfectly balanced, showcasing the large variety of vibes on their latest album, Broken Machine.
The British natives know how to rock, but weren’t afraid either to get vulnerable, with the quieter moments balancing the set well. Songs such as ‘Particles’ and ‘If I Get High’ were sung along by fans and gave an intimate vibe, before hitting the punchy guitar lines again.
The vocal performance of frontman Conor Mason was the cherry on the cake. Mason hit even higher notes than in the studio on songs like ‘Soda’, while roaring with passion on crowd pleasing songs such as ‘Trip Switch’.
Nothing but Thieves felt mature in their sound and their execution on stage. The chemistry between all five members made for a stage presence that reveals their experience. Previously playing venues such as the London Roundhouse, and supporting Muse’s “Drones” tour back in 2016 in the UK has clearly set this band up for success internationally.
The crowd hit a fever pitch when the band returned with an encore of ‘Amsterdam’. Nothing but Thieves made the audience go electric, with fans jumping and singing as if their lives depended on it.
The band reciprocated, expressing their gratitude to Sydney fans and claiming this was their favorite Australian show to date. Needless to say the feeling was mutual.