“How far can we push the prog, without sounding like it’s a cliché of a prog album?”: Nothing But Thieves are one of the UK’s breakout guitar bands – but their tonal tastes are anything but conventional

Nothing But Thieves
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Not many bands hit their fourth album still on an upward trajectory, but Nothing But Thieves are still climbing. After headlining London’s O2 Arena for the first time on the back of 2021’s Moral Panic, they’ve entered the UK album chart at #1 for the first time with latest effort Dead Club City

It’s an album that finds the band incorporating more synths as they flirt with dance and hip-hop grooves, but it’s also a concept album that takes cues from Rush and ELO. Guitarist Joe Langridge-Brown calls it “retro-futuristic”, and it proves the band can get more creatively ambitious and expand their audience at the same time.

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Jenna Scaramanga

Jenna writes for Total Guitar and Guitar World, and is the former classic rock columnist for Guitar Techniques. She studied with Guthrie Govan at BIMM, and has taught guitar for 15 years. She's toured in 10 countries and played on a Top 10 album (in Sweden).