Nothing But Thieves has captured lightning in a bottle with their latest EP, What Did You Think When You Made Me This Way?. The critically-acclaimed UK rock band made a name for themselves with a passionate brand of guitar-based rock that feels perfectly at home in both stadiums and being blasted in your car. Their latest EP sees the band exploring their distinctive and captivating sound in four enthralling tracks.
Despite being an EP, Nothing But Thieves pulls absolutely no punches in What Did You Think When You Made Me This Way?’s four-track run. Bursting forward with a spine-tingling electric guitar and hypnotic drumline in their opening track “Forever & Ever More,” the UK rock band showcases why their sound has been championed as anthemic and stadium-worthy. However, Nothing But Thieves is more than all flash and no substance, which they quickly demonstrate on the following track “Gods.” Based around an acoustic guitar, the subsequent track is a striking meditation on the “Gods” we worship and their less-than godly actions. In the matter of two tracks, Nothing But Thieves presents themselves as masters of giving life to electrifying alternative rock with substance.
On creating, What Did You Think When You Made Me This Way?, lead guitarist Joe Langridge-Brown shared,
“These songs were largely both written and recorded in a month between playing festivals and our Australian/Thai tour which meant we were forced to make decisions quickly. The energy in that is great. Sometimes recording a song can feel like redoing a demo, like an imitation of yourself. Writing and recording so quickly kept the whole process creative, it’s an exciting way to work.”
There is an unbridled energy that permeates the latest offering from Nothing But Thieves, even in their calmer moments. Similar to its predecessor “Gods,” “You Know Me Too Well” sees the band taking a more restrained approach instrumentally without ever sacrificing the raw intensity that has come to define the band over the years. In their closing track, “Take This Lonely Heart,” the UK band synthesizes this idea of concentrated, powerful calms and exhilarating breakdowns for a finish that sticks its landing and sticks with you. What Did You Think When You Made Me This Way? may not redefine Nothing But Thieves, but it’s an ample reminder as to why they’re one of the most exciting alternative bands around today.
Listen to What Did You Think When You Made Me This Way? below: