Southend five-piece Nothing But Thieves have released their highly anticipated third album Moral Panic, which features the singles Is Everybody Going Crazy?,Real Love Song and Impossible and is available to buy and stream now via RCA Records.
Written before current events, the album is strangely relatable to life right now. As it’s candid title suggests, it is a poignant moral outcry on the world tinged with emotion, anger and above all, hope. With themes that are a mirror image of today’s society, lyrically it reflects outwardly in its powerful musings on climate change, anxiety around social media, political chaos and an overall desire to switch off, escape and really take a look at ourselves. Musically it is an explosion on the senses, soaring from loud and frenzied tracks such as Unperson, Is Everybody Going Crazy? and Can You Afford To Be An Individual?, to mellower moments through the emotion of There Was Sun and Free If We Want It, and tracks which elatedly unite the two, such as title track Moral Panic and Before We Drift Away.
The band say; “Moral Panic has been a tricky process at times. It is, in a lot of ways, a political album, but it was our intention to not make it directly so. The album hinges on what effect the pressures of the modern world and the information age have on us. It’s about people.”
“The songs fall somewhere between rage and resignation. We are pitted against one another consistently. Our fears are used against us for ad revenue. The modern debate calls for us to assume anyone who disagrees with us on any level holds a view which is completely in opposition to ours. My truth is not your truth and your truth makes you scum.”
“We exist in online tribes. Sometimes that is the only way we get through the day. Sometimes it’s because we like to cause pain. Where do we find hope or relief? Do we still have a choice? Can you afford to be an individual?”
“This album has been cathartic to make. We hope it’s cathartic to listen to.”
Produced by Mike Crossey (The 1975, Arctic Monkeys and Wolf Alice), Moral Panic features 11 tracks and the full tracklising is as follows:
Is Everybody Going Crazy?
A Real Love Song
This Feels Like The End
Free If We Want It
There Was Sun
Can You Afford To Be An Individual?
Before We Drift Away
After introducing tracks from the album over the last few months, the band have amassed over 30million streams for their new music so far, along with unwavering support from the likes of BBC Radio 1, Radio X and Virgin Radio. Moral Panic follows their 2018 EP What Did You Think When You Made Me This Way, their 2017 acclaimed album Broken Machine, which charted at #2 in the UK album chart, and their debut self-titled album Nothing But Thieves.
The past few years have been quite a ride for Nothing But Thieves. Amassing 780,000 album sales, over 920million audio streams and over 162million video streams so far, they have built up a loyal and wide following for their impactful alt rock sound, cementing themselves as one of the best current rock bands in the world. Selling 150,000 tickets on their last album campaign, which included a sold-out show at London’s Alexandra Palace and selling out their entire worldwideBroken Machine headline tour, their success has been global.
The band have performed on US TV shows, such as James Corden and Jimmy Kimmel, after their debut became the bestselling debut from a UK rock band in the US in 2015 and played packed out international shows from Poland to Amsterdam, where they headlined an arena to 6,000 fans. After intimately debuting new songs earlier this year for a BRITs/War Child gig, they were set to tour internationally this Spring, including a show to 6,500 people at Moscow Adrenaline Stadium. They recently announced 3 livestream shows Live from the Warehouse for the week following the Moral Panic album release and tickets are also on sale for their UK, Ireland and European tour for Autumn 2021.
Filmed Live from The Warehouse, via multiple angles in the round, their livestream shows will be a completely new way to experience Nothing But Thieves, who have a well-earned reputation for their energetic, impassioned and infinite live shows. The band will perform three completely unique sets on 28th and 29th October across three time zones, which will feature brand new tracks from new album Moral Panic, rare songs, old favourites across their previous two albums Nothing But Thieves and Broken Machine, covers and re-imagined tracks. Tickets are available here.
Full dates for their UK, Ireland and European Autumn 2021 tour, including their biggest ever headline London show at O2 Arena, are as follows:
Thurs 30th Dublin Olympia
Sat 2nd Belfast Ulster Hall
Wed 6th Plymouth Pavillions
Thurs 7th Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Fri 8th London O2 Arena
Sun 10th Birmingham O2 Academy
Mon 11th Glasgow Barrowland
Thurs 14th Manchester O2 Victoria Warehouse
Sat 16th Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
Mon 18th Barcelona Razzamataz 2
Wed 20th Paris Casino de Paris
Sun 24th Wiesbaden Schlachtohof
Tues 26th Leizig Täubchenthal
Thurs 28th Berlin Columbiahalle
Tues 2nd Munich Tonhalle
Wed 3rd Milan Fabrique
Fri 5th Zurich Halle 622
Sat 6th Luxembourg Atelier
Mon 8th Copenhagen Amager Bio
Tues 9th Stockholm Fryhuset
Thurs 11th Köln Palladium
Fri 12th Amsterdam Ziggo Dome
Nothing But Thieves are Conor Mason (vocals, guitars), Joe Langridge-Brown (guitars), Dominic Craik (guitars, keyboard), Philip Blake (bass guitar) and James Price (drums).