Nic Armstrong and the Thieves

Nic Armstrong and the Thieves

© Rolling Stone: “Knife-blade-treble guitars and the vengeful crash of the early Who and Kinks”


Thu., Aug. 24, 9 & 10 p.m. 2017
Hiding more or less in plain sight in Central Texas’s overcrowded music scene is one of the better latter-day Britpop bands ever descended from Davies DNA, Nic Armstrong & The Thieves. Originally from Newcastle, Armstrong relocated to Austin in the mid-‘00s and emerged with the sharp-angled hooks and effervescent melodies of debut The Greatest White Liar, a sound lauded by some folks who should know — Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller of Oasis, to name a couple. Keeping his songwriting chops sharp with a pair of 2010s EPs, Pocketless Shirt and Negative Slant, Armstrong had otherwise been stuck in music-biz limbo he likens on his website to Superman II’s “giant floating mirror in outer space.” It took a decade, but this spring Armstrong headed back to his native land to cut an album at Toe Rag Studios, the all-analog London facility also used by the White Stripes, the Kills, Tame Impala and many other retro-minded rockers. It’s done now and he’s back on the road; guitar-fueled mayhem awaits.
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