We are excited to announce that work has begun on Nic Armstrong & The Thieves' new album.
In December 2016, Nic was granted the ability to travel overseas again - the final hurdle - ending a near decade fighting out of giant ball of red tape; a Kinks-ian, administrative limbo akin to the giant floating mirror in outer space that the baddies in Superman II were jamming in. The world is now an oyster again.
Returning to the UK in March (for the first time since 2006), Nic made a beeline to Toe Rag Studios in East London to begin work on the "difficult second album".
Nic says, 'I am super grateful to everyone who has lent their support over the years. Thankfully, we have navigated through some rather sticky patches and dodgy waters. Now it's time to kick on! Bob's your uncle."
With a clean slate, a sackful of catchy new tunes and a driving license to boot - keep your eyes peeled for upcoming album updates and Nic Armstrong & The Thieves concert listings.more
Hitting the road and visiting some killer venues! Join Nic Armstrong & The Thieves on their Election Special Trip Tour 2016. #electionspecial
11/3 - Th - San Antonio, TX - The Limelight - http://thelimelightsa.com
11/4 - F - Bryan, TX - Grand Stafford Theater - http://grandstaffordtheater.com
11/5 - S - Dallas, TX - The Foundry - http://cs-tf.com/events/
11/7 - M - Austin, TX - The Blackheart - http://blackheartbar.com
11/9 - W - Las Vegas, NV - Double Down Saloon - http://doubledownsaloon.com
11/10 - Th - Los Angeles, CA - The Hotel Cafe -...more
Woo hoo! Nic Armstrong & The Thieves newest - Negative Slant - released to all pre-orders at 12:00 AM Central Time (-6:00 GMT). It is now available for download via iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.
1. Negative Slant
2. Tourist Doll
3. Thom The John
4. Hailing Taxis
5. Soft And Low
We know you are going to love it - so play it to death and let us know which song is your favourite!more
Nic Armstrong and The Thieves are very excited to announce a partnership with leading UK Mens and Womens Retro, Mod and Indie Clothing firm, Atom Retro.
Based in the UK and launched in 2004, Atom Retro has quickly become the one-stop shop for every Sixties fan, Retro lover or Heritage connoisseur looking for authentic, high quality and original Clothing.more
To celebrate the release of Negative Slant EP, join Nic Armstrong and The Thieves in Austin, Texas for a month of special shows at the legendary (and under threat) Hole in The Wall.
Each Wednesday, Nic Armstrong and The Thieves will perform with friends and special guests.
WEEK 1 - Nov 4 - Nic Armstrong and The Thieves will perform from 9pm - 11pm followed by Ghetto Karaoke
WEEK 2 - Nov 11 - special guests: Tennessee Stiffs + Jesse Vain and The Happy Hour Holiness Movement
WEEK 3 - Nov 18 - special guests: Elijah Ford and The Bloom + Evan Charles & Altamesa
WEEK 4 - Nov 25 - special guests TBA.more
Initial post: February 14
Wrapped up in three layers of clothing, in a vain attempt to keep out the desperately chilly weather, we hand delivered Pocketless Shirt EP vinyl to Rough Trade NYC in Brooklyn. Pick up a copy today and save your bleeding Big Apple heart!
New York now joins Austin as the next international hub to supply Nic Armstrong & The Thieves thirsty and undernourished fans. Pocketless Shirt, the limited pressing, six track 12" vinyl can now be found at these stores:
Winter's shadow still shrouds life here in Austin. But with the hope of Spring just around the corner, the knife moves a little further away from the wrist and...hold on a minute, we're happy to announce the full and official Nic Armstrong and The Thieves schedule during the week of mayhem that is the South by Southwest Conference.
2015 marks the ten year anniversary of the first US shows by Nic Armstrong & The Thieves - blasting away the crowd at a memorable Club de Ville show. With a new EP close to completion and shows on the books, Nic and the band are sharpening their teeth for future voyages beyond the Lone Star State.
We are glad to announce that Pocketless Shirt EP by Nic Armstrong & The Thieves is now playing on Pandora and joins The Greatest White Liar in the music streaming platform's library.
Go to Pandora and create and share your own Nic Armstrong & The Thieves' music station. Go curate your own station! Thumbs up? Thumbs down?
Don't forget to pick up your own copy of Pocketless Shirt on vinyl or mp3.more
Spotted: Nic Armstrong ID-ed with his trusty Danelectro guitar at Cacophony Recorders in a new Google Fiber commercial out and about in Austin, TX. That's a funny sentence.more
On Thursday September 19, work started on the follow up to 2013's Pocketless Shirt EP with a song release expected for mid-November / early December. Updated EP release set for beginning of February.
Become a member of the mailing list to be the first to receive release details.more
After that horrendous lull in recording activity between slipping into the Texas quicksand and releasing last November's Pocketless Shirt EP we are grateful to announce that a follow up EP is in the works. We have drawn up a shortlist of 10 tracks from 50+ and we'll be whittling these down further for a release before the end of the year! More info to follow.
This is in line with our strategy of releasing AT LEAST one music product every 12 months.
In the meantime, have you got your copy of Pocketless Shirt EP yet?more
Nic Armstrong & The Thieves will bring the Brit rock and roll to the 2nd Annual Red-Hot Hootenanny and Pie Contest, a benefit for KOOP 91.7 FM scheduled for Sunday 13 July at the exceptionally atmospheric Spiderhouse Ballroom in Austin, TX. Event begins at 6:00 PM.more
Biggest Swabfest in Texas - Thursday 8th May - 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Just announced: Nic Armstrong & The Thieves added to lineup.. Come and get registered in the national stem cell registry along with great music and food. YOU COULD SAVE A LIFE!
Please join and share the Facebook and do512 event pages. Spread the word.
Many thanks to EVERYONE who has pre-ordered their copy of Pocketless Shirt on vinyl. We are happy to announce that the acetates are getting cut this week in London by Grammy winning engineer, Noel Summerville of 3345 Mastering.
Not long to go now. Super thanks for your purchase and patience - it's gonna sound awesome!more
8:15 PM - Nic Armstrong
$10 ADV | $12 DOS DOORS 8:00, SHOW 9:00
"Diverse bill created to hit every genre to showcase the work of Nic Armstrong. Don't miss the legend!" - Lola's Saloon
8:00 PM - Doors
9:00 PM - War Party
10:00 PM - The Apache 5
11:00 PM - Nic Armstrong & The Thieves
12:00 PM - Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Rewardmore
We are super excited by the news of radio play for Nic Armstrong & The Thieves' Pocketless Shirt EP!
With our micro (read zero!) budget and small team as manager, booker, promo and plugger, we are very grateful to KCRW and Anne Litt for all their support - a lovely and timely shot in arm! Not that we need a morale boost but one always helps during the intensity of SXSW. Tune in to Anne's show every Saturday and Sunday from noon (PST): http://www.kcrw.com.
Update: Closer to HQ, we are super thankful to 101X in Austin, especially Homegrown Live's Deidre Gott! Tune in to Deidre's show every Sunday at 9 PM (CT) then check out her blog here for playlist info: http://www.101x.com/deidre/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10655808 and http://www.101x.com/deidre/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10657757
Spread the word folks! Call your local...more
Set Pieces from Nic Armstrong & The Thieves' latest Pocketless Shirt EP makes Gigslutz' Tracks Of The Week.
"Tracks Of The Week 17.02.14
Hailing from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Nic Armstrong now resides in Austin, TX, composing his eclectic range of alternative rock and roll. Currently finalising the arrangements of five years’ worth of compositions, a taster of the first bit of new material for quite some time has now surfaced. ‘Set Pieces’ is a hook-laden offering with a retro vibe. Clearly influenced by his newfound homeland, Armstrong’s latest track is filled with a sunny garage-rock vibe, but stays true to his roots with a Beatles-esque romanticism and intricate, Brit-Pop reminiscent riffs. Exuding a dedicated energy and soulfully smooth vocals (which still retain a vague Northern twang, despite Armstrong’s time in the States), ‘Set Pieces’ is a catchy tune that will leave you wanting more.
So, if you have been missing Armstrong’s dulcet tones for the last five years, fear not – he is back to caress your eardrums, along with his...more
Beginning Friday 31 January, Nic will undertake a weekly Friday night residency in Austin, TX from 5pm-7pm. Come and get your happy hour on.
The Sketchbook Sessions: the concept of the residency is to present, roll out and test arrangements of upcoming material. Using the massive backdrop to present images and films, we will encourage guest musicians and a variety of instruments to electrify the compositions further.
Read on for each week's diary entry.more
"Album reviews: Nic Armstrong & The Thieves: A British transplant now thriving in Austin
In the mid-2000′s Nic Armstrong traveled to Austin from his English homeland and never left. We should be glad he stayed. Whether he purposefully decided to make Austin his home or whether the city herself just wouldn’t let go of him is unknown, but however it happened, it worked out in our favor. In November he put out a new EP, Pocketless Shirt, and the tunes are quite swell. The sounds and influences on the EP are varied – on one hand I hear 1960′s-style British pop and on the other hand I hear West Coast-inspired summery fuzz-laden rock. The EP has six songs on it, and each one showcases Nic and his band in an interesting fashion.
The EP opens up with a song called “Set Pieces.” A mix of electric and acoustic guitar sounds, driving drum beats, and Beatles-esque vocals sets the tone for the rest of the album: sunny and bright, bubblegum without being cheesy or too light, and full of fantastic fuzzy guitars and slightly dramatic little twists and turns in the vocals that...more
Yay! EP is due = party is planned!
The past few years we have been going quasi-bonkers getting all the backbones straightened, ECT to sketchbooks, moths-to-wallets, metaphors to abstractions, smashing all the mirrors of outer space.
This is a celebration of the tip of the iceberg of new music that has come to caress and form like a blanket around your soul in coming days.
We have some awesome bands playing this FREE, early event at The Blackheart on Rainey St in Austin, TX. It's going to be a cracking night so bring your friends!
The Thunderchiefs, Nic Armstrong & The Thieves, The Happen-Ins. It'll be like the Rolling Stones wrestling on the beach with the Beatles whilst the surf is soaking their clothes through.
Music starts at 8PM sharp so get the early to guarantee entry and a beverage.
If you would like to help spread the word please "like" the event at
In addition to the limited edition 12' pressings on vinyl, Pocketless Shirt EP is now available to purchase on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pocketless-shirt-ep/id718948234?ls=1 and a variety of other digital platforms.
Official release date is 11/11 - if you order now you will be able to take advantage of special pricing!
Tune into KRTS 93.5 FM Marfa Public Radio on Friday 13th at 10AM CT (-6 GMT) to catch a Nic Armstrong live set. Click the link below for details on how to stream the show live. More details as they come in.
Support public radio and donate to keep them operational!
Donate HERE or click the button below.more
Austin City Limits Festival alumni Nic Armstrong & The Thieves will be performing an official ACL 2013 Late Night Show on Thursday 3rd October.
9:30: Nic Armstrong & The Thieves
11:30: Aaron Behrens and The Midnight Stroll
Keep your ACL party going after dark! Announcing the Official 2013 Late Night Shows, on sale Friday, August 23 at 10amthrough C3Concerts.com/latenight. If you confirm subscription to C3Concerts.com E-List at C3Concerts.com/connect by 10:59pm CDT on Tuesday, August 20, you will be eligible to receive passcodes to access pre-sales on Thursday, August 22 @ 10am.
Nic Armstrong & The Thieves are extremely happy to announce their participation at this year's Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love at El Cosmico in Marfa, TX.
Full line-up and schedule HERE (12-14th September)
"Friends of the Cosmos: the Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love approaches.
Prepare to embark on an adventure for the 8th annual weekend gathering of friends, music, sandlot baseball, workshops, vendors, art and more from Thursday September 12 to Sunday September 15, 2013.
Full lineup and workshop details are here and more info will be released weekly - check back here often to watch the story unfold. Click on the button below to purchase tickets.
Pre-registration ends on September 6 and prices go up at the gate, so get your tickets early.
We can’t wait to party in the wide open spaces with you."
The latest edition of The Off Quarterley - the Nic Armstrong Music newsletter - has been released.
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Don't miss out on future updates: sign up today!more
The Off Quarterley - the new Nic Armstrong Music newsletter is here. If you are not on the mailing list then you missed out on hearing a pre-mixed version of a brand new tune.
Make sure this does not happen again and sign up for next month's issue and be the first to explore exclusive new music.more
"Tripped-out-whiskey-guzzling-one-man-band, Nic Armstrong blew into our studio with a mile of music under his bowler hat. He rocked the session for over an hour then we all went out to get mauled on drink! Proper bastard, he is." - Barking Irons
Independent fashion house and brand, Barking Irons, invited Nic to perform at their fantastically furnished headquarters located in New York City's The Bowery.
With a mouthful of marbles, a papier-mâché bowler and an almost perfect fake English accent, Nic rolled, busked and bashed for over an hour in a one man style.more
Tribeza Magazine's Music Issue.
Band: Nic Armstrong
What's the best part about being a musician? Catching a sniff of a classy tune and the ensuing hunt is one of my most favorite things (as a musician).
Describe your personal style. The best-dressed Englishman in Austin. Clean. Get the shoes right and you'll have good lovemaking.
Who are your style icons? Famous alcoholics, Nilsson album covers, Chuck Berry, Ken Currie, flotsam and jetsam, Cole Porter songs, Cops, Boy George, Hieronymus Bosch, beaches.
What do you like about the general style in Austin? The sea of pretty faces. The general kookery. Art scene. Music scene.
What is your most prized style possession? Taxidermied trophys with X-ed out eyes. Tight euro-style underpants. I go nuts for stockings.
Where do you shop? Online, in person and in secret. Strike a balance between local and multi-national. Odd, one off stores, thrift, vintage, hand-me-downs. I tend to avoid the logos on clothes crew.
What was the worst trend that you...more
Nic Armstrong plays music that is easily recognizable. Listen to his first two albums and you will hear music that evokes the best elements of the British Invasion yet, these albums (The first as Nic Armstrong and the Thieves and the second as IV Thieves) don’t feel like some empty homage. Instead, the music he produces is something very much alive, vibrant, and of this century. Originally from England, Armstrong now resides in Austin where we seem to have had the good luck to catch up with him between recording sessions for his new album.
FPH – A lot of your music is grounded in the style from the 60s British Invasion. Why do you think that sound resonates so well even after all these years.
Armstrong – First off, just got out of a recording session, I’m delirious and muffled with a head cold and my amp (the bastard) fried as soon as I plugged it in. Dirty frying nerves and filthy cash all in one go. Perfect.
So, will the sound of the “Golden Age”...more