Nothing But Thieves Remember "Sorry" Was Born in a European Van

March 23, 2018

ALT 92.3 Radio


By Joe Cingrana

Currently in the midst of a massive tour with AWOLNATION, British rockers Nothing But Thieves have branched off across the pond, playing some solo dates in Europe before returning to the States for Coachella in April -- and then joining back up with AWOLNATION to close out their joint tour later this summer. 

During the band's stop in New York City, singer Conor Mason, and guitarists Joe Langridge-Brown, and Dom Craik spoke with ALT 92.3 Radio's Omar Torres about their current single "Sorry" -- now playing on ALT 92.3 -- and the process that went into creating the hit.

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Guitarist/keyboardist Joe Langridge-Brown remembers it being a collaborative effort, although he did pen the guitar lick quite a bit earlier while traveling through Europe.

"I remember writing the song as a whole pretty quickly," says Brown with agreement from Mason and Craik. "But the chorus/hook I had written in a splitter van in Europe the year before or something and just kept it, like 'oh that's going to be good for something!' It was one of those moments where Dom had this chorus --- part of the process for us is matching up the lyric to the mood of the song -- and when I heard what Dom was playing, I started searching through my phone."

"It's funny, it never comes that easily to get the lyrics and the music together that quickly," says Craik. It's almost like it was meant to fit in that gap like a bit of a puzzle and the pieces just came together. We listened to it back in the room and just cranked it and were like, 'this is good!' We rarely do that, to be honest. We're quite hard on ourselves and sometimes we need to sit with a song for months, if not years, to be like 'oh yeah that's good or bad' but this one it was quite apparent that  it was quite a strong song.

Check out a full list of Nothing But Thieves tour dates below.

APR 01 | Paaspop Festival | Schijndel, Netherlands
APR 04 | PRIME HALL | Minsk, Belarus
APR 06 | Клуб "Космонавт" | Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
APR 07 | ГЛАВCLUB GREEN CONCERT (YotaSpace) | Moscow, Russia
APR 09 | Malevich | Lviv, Ukraine
APR 10 | Atlas | Kiev, Ukraine
APR 13 | Empire Polo Field | Indio, CA
APR 14 | Coachella Music and Arts Festival | Indio, CA

APR 17 | Foro Independencia | Guadalajara, Mexico
APR 19 | Foro Indie Rocks | Mexico, Mexico
APR 21 | P'al Norte | Monterrey, Mexico
APR 22 | Coachella Music and Arts Festival | Indio, CA
JUN 16 | Pinkpop | Landgraaf, Netherlands
JUL 01 | Glasgow Green | Glasgow, United Kingdom
JUL 07 | CHATEAU DE BEAUREGARD | Herouville Saint Clair, France
JUL 22 | Longchamp Racecourse | Paris, France
JUL 27 | The Triffid | Newstead, Australia
JUL 28 | Metro Theatre | Sydney, Australia
JUL 29 | Forum Melbourne | Melbourne, Australia
JUL 31 | Capitol Theatre | Perth, Australia
AUG 02 | Moonstar Studio Ladprao Soi 80 | Bangkok, Thailand
AUG 14 | Óbuda Island | Budapest, Hungary
AUG 24 | Richfield Avenue | Reading, United Kingdom