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
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