Maybe it’s the intense touring schedule that has seen them on the road for 18 months, but Nothing But Thieves are nothing short of truly impressive live band. For a band with only two albums and an EP under their belts, they perform with the vigour of much more seasoned outfit.
Since their self-titled debut in 2015 and follow up Broken Machine in 2017, the Londoners have played a myriad of festivals as well as supported heavy-weights Muse on their Drones tour.
Openers Demob Happy provide enough noise to warm the crowd up, but fail to really impress. They come across as a strange mash-up of Queens of the Stone Age and Royal Blood, borrowing riffs from the latter on more than one occasion throughout their set.
When Nothing But Thieves step on the stage for the last show of their extensive tour, they are met with enthusiasm that never ceases for the entire set.
The intensity created on stage assures that even softer tracks have new life breathed into them, something that means there isn’t ever really a quieter moment throughout. Soda and If I Get High are affected most by this and while it does benefit both in a live setting, it takes some of the original charm away.
A stripped back rendition of Particles presents its case as show-stealer, with gentle piano and guitar flanking Mason before building back up again. When Mason croons “and if I have to rearrange my particles// I will for you” in the chorus, he is met with a sea of voices singing it back.
Anthemic favourites like I’m Not Made By Design and Sorry go down particularly well while new tracks off the EP like Take This Lonely Heart and Forever and Ever More keep the crowd happy.
Itch and Amsterdam close out the night, wrapping up the Essex boys’ tour 220 date tour in style.
This was their first time back in Ireland since supporting Muse in 2016, and they have now succeeded in making their own mark on our shores.