Review: Nothing But Thieves – The Limelight, Belfast
Nothing But Thieves stunned the Limelight on the 26th November, bringing their high octane, high energy show to the crowds of Belfast. The Alternative rock outfit from England were keen to impress after many sold out shows in England and now another one here. It was clear to see that the crowd was ready for it.
First on stage is Demob Happy, in the same genre as Nothing But Thieves and I was very excited to hear what they could do. Safe to say, I was blown away by their performance. Kicking off their set with “Fake Satan,” I got an almost 70’s vibe off this song, giving hints of T. Rex in places. “Maker Of Mine”followed, a heavy, gritty almost punk like jam, you could have sworn Johnny Rotten was in the room.
“Succubus”and “Liar In Your Head” came next. These gave off a strong Rage Against The Machine vibe as the riffs that were produced were drenched in rage and anger. The set continued with “Runnin’ Around” and the foot stomping “Loosen It” before ending on their latest single “Be Your Man”. I was very impressed with Demob Happy and their slot tonight.
Nothing But Thieves came out to a raucous applause and with no messing about kicked straight into “I Was Just A Kid” followed by “Ban All The Music”, I was immediately impressed by the bands energy and they had the crowd in full swing in no time at all. I also noticed that Conor Mason, the band’s lead singer, was wearing a Wayne’s World hat which was excellent to see! “Wake Up Call” came before “Take This Lonely Heart”a new song off their latest release, an EP by the name of What Did You Think When You Made Me This Way? “Soda” proceeded, one of their most popular songs which was confirmed by the amazing audience participation that it received.
Things got very heavy from here on out, starting with a very groovy and heavy performance of “Broken Machine” which was backed up by “I’m Not Made by Design” which featured a gritty and anger filled breakdown that had every woman and man in the crowd head banging whether they wanted to or not. Up next was “Live Like Animals” which had the crowd bouncing like a sea of people. “Number 13”, “You Know Me Too Well”and “Particles” came next with Conor showing us just how powerful his voice can be. “If I Get High”, “Trip Switch”, “Forever and Ever More”and “Sorry” completed the main set.
Returning to a deafening applause to play two more songs “Itch”and “Amsterdam”, the crowd sang along to every word and the night ended spectacularly. Nothing But Thieves exceeded all expectations as they stunned the sold out limelight crowd, having not played Belfast in quite some while it was good to have them back.