Dork Radio
Now playing:
In the mag...
Featuring Declan McKenna, Fontaines DC, Another Sky, KennyHoopla and more.
Order a copy
August 2020
Review

Nothing But Thieves - Broken Machine

Difficult second album? Nothing But Thieves have passed with flying colours.
Nothing But Thieves - Broken Machine
Published: 11:07 am, September 04, 2017
Difficult second album? Nothing But Thieves have passed with flying colours.

Label: RCAUK
Released: 8th September 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Difficult second album? Many bands have tried and failed to take that next step, but for Nothing But Thieves it’s one embraced and morphed with commanding results. Following on from their self-titled debut and its many twists and turns, ‘Broken Machine’ is a record that finds the Southend five-piece locked into a direction they’ve witnessed as they travelled around the globe, packed with soaring hooks that rage and ripple in equal measure.

Whilst their initial emergence into the world was a varied melting pot of sounds and scenes, ‘Broken Machine’ is a tenacious record that distills to the core what Nothing But Thieves are all about. That unbridled fever that rips through the punchy ‘Amsterdam’, ‘I Was Just A Kid’ and ‘I’m Not Made By Design’ is matched by the chilling rawness of the title track, ‘Hell, Yeah’ and ‘Soda’ and in those moments the perfect balance is clear to see. Nothing But Thieves have carved out their own path and identity by taking those depths we all experience and revelling in its moments of utter despair but also in its unshackled intensity. Scouring through faith, mental health, the modern world, heartache and more - it’s a record that speaks volumes, and when the singalong clicks of ‘Sorry’ and the throbbing dank electro licks of ‘Live Like Animals’ rings out, you know they’re onto a sound that’ll have thousands flocking.

‘Broken Machine’ is a record Nothing But Thieves needed to make, capturing who they are as a band right now whilst also gazing into the unfiltered future ahead of them. Difficult second album? Nothing But Thieves have passed with flying colours. Jamie Muir

Give all this a try

Fontaines D.C.: "I'd be ok with the album not going down so well"
Feature

Fontaines D.C.: "I'd be ok with the album not going down so well"

Think you know Fontaines D.C.? The Dubliners' second album sees them not just rewrite their own rulebook, but tear it up and throw it away.
Haim: "Loss, anger and depression - we were ready to speak about it"
Feature

Haim: "Loss, anger and depression - we were ready to speak about it"

After a year of new tracks, some release date shuffling and a world full of uncertainty buzzing around them, HAIM are back with their third album. This time, they’re putting it all out there.
Sports Team: "I want to fall hard; I don't want to fade away"
Feature

Sports Team: "I want to fall hard; I don't want to fade away"

After going into battle with Lady Gaga, Sports Team aren't planning on standing still. Album two, anyone?
Crack Cloud: "It's art as a means of performative and rehabilitative healing"
Feature

Crack Cloud: "It's art as a means of performative and rehabilitative healing"

Vancouver collective Crack Cloud were founded on community spirit, communal freedom, and storytelling - they're an interesting bunch for sure.
Like this? Subscribe to Dork and get every issue delivered direct to your door anywhere on the planet.
CONTACT PRIVACY ADVERTISE

© 2018 The Bunker Publishing