Up & Atom Issue 3

Hailing from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in England and now based in Austin, Texas - as a six piece with horns - Nic Armstrong & The Thieves put on a real fun show built on super strong Great British songs. The music has garnered the attention of national media outlets such as Rolling Stone, NME, NPR, BBC, The Late Late Show. As past Coachella and ACL performers, they have toured internationally across North America, UK and Europe with icons Oasis, Paul Weller and The Pretenders. Newest release - Negative Slant EP - is out now and follows on from Pocketless Shirt, Broken Mouth Blues and debut The Greatest White Liar. A new album is planned for 2017.


“Knife-blade-treble guitars and the vengeful crash of the early Who and Kinks” - ROLLING STONE

“a talented songwriter - a truly exceptional singer” - THE SUNDAY TIMES

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"pretty special, man” - NOEL GALLAGHER, OASIS

“Nic Armstrong brings the fuzz and bubblegum in spades…the song writing is so strong.” - PASTE

“fuck me, who's this chirpy sod?” - NME

"great band" - THE FADER

“Melodies so instant they could arrive in a jar.” - THE GUARDIAN

“mean, lean, original” - THE DAILY MIRROR

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“Check him out: It's no lie...his debut album is great" - DAVID FRICKE, ROLLING STONE

“an antidote to the narcissistic early twenty-first century ‘scene’” - THE OBSERVER

“Armstrong has such an easy way about him; his songs are short and catchy, with a fuzzy abandon that's never abrasive… from another dimension.” - AV CLUB, THE ONION

"inspirational” - MOJO

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“Noel Gallagher became a fan and invited [him on tour with] Oasis...toured Europe and the UK with Paul Weller...did [two tours] with the Pretenders, catching the ear of Rolling Stone's David Fricke.” - AUSTIN CHRONICLE

“fuck, I want to do tunes like that” - MILES KANE

“scratchy, lascivious blues” - NME

“the music he produces is something very much alive, vibrant and of this century” - FREE PRESS HOUSTON

Broken Mouth Blues

Broken Mouth Blues from The Greatest White Liar. Directed by Duncan Jones (Moon / Source Code).

"I got my eyes on your charm while you're holding that threat to my throat, looking at all the corners in the room, trying to find an angle that will work"

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