ABC/Randy HolmesNothing But Thieves opened for their fellow countrymen Muse last year, and frontman Conor Mason was able to learn a lot from Matt Bellamy and company. One surprising piece of advice from Bellamy, Mason says, was this: “You need to be boring.”
“[Bellamy] said that as a singer…you need to be boring and look after yourself,” Mason tells NME. “Eat well, drink well and exercise.”
“That was kind of what I thought anyway,” Mason adds. “It gave me encouragement for what I was already doing, because I do look after myself pretty well. I am the boring one on tour, but that’s cool.”
Nothing But Thieves will be back on the road later this month for a U.K. tour to preview their forthcoming sophomore album Broken Machines, which features the single “Amsterdam.”
“I think somewhat like the last record there’s layers of our different sounds, and there are different songs which give us different feelings,” Mason explains.
“There’s definitely a lot more of those visceral, guttural moments on this album, like ‘Amsterdam,'” he adds. “I really believe in this track. It’s a weirdly fun song for how dark it is. I really love it.”
Broken Machines will be released September 8.
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