Nic Armstrong & the Thieves

If you’re wondering where all the mods have gone, Nic Armstrong has your answer. Since winning a songwriting contest in his native England a couple years back, Armstrong has launched a little British Invasion by way of Austin. And that’s not just a fancy classification: Armstrong and his Thieves have circumvented a few decades of Brit-Pop and cock rock and gone straight for the birth of the mod. The result is a roadhouse rhythm and beat in line with the earliest offerings from the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Beatles and, most of all, the Kinks, which in turn was a British working class take on American R&B and Boogie Woogie. Throw in a little country and western and you have something that is reverently old but shakes it as good as new.

One Reply to “Nic Armstrong & the Thieves”

  1. You are right, that's a great album. It really is amazing how long it takes for some stuff to cross the Atlantic. Nic Armstrong came out in April 2004..
    But of course the sound is so retro, that it's timeless anyway.

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