Nothing But Queen, The Show Must Go On by Nothing But Thieves

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Nothing But Thieves have shot up the Beat 100 charts with their fantastic cover of Queen’s legendary The Show Must Go On. Their reworking of one of Queen’s most famous song, written shortly before Freddy Mercury’s untimely death manages to capture the spirit of Queen and encapsulates one of the saddest moments in music history.

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Nothing But Thieves

Nothing But Thieves have managed to do something, I for one, didn’t think would be possible. They’ve managed to emulate Queen without falling into the trap of trying too hard to be Queen.

Nothing But Thieves have shot up the Beat 100 video charts with their fantastic cover of Queen’s legendary The Show Must Go On. Their reworking of one of Queen’s most famous song, written shortly before Freddy Mercury’s untimely death manages to capture the spirit of Queen and encapsulates one of the saddest moments in music history.

Taking on Queen for the band’s debut on social music networking site Beat 100 took some real guts as, though many have tried, few singers or bands have ever come close to capturing the unique vocals of Freddie Mercury or the incredible talents of Brian May and co.

Nothing But Thieves have managed to do something, I for one, didn’t think would be possible. They’ve managed to emulate Queen without falling into the trap of trying too hard to be Queen. Conor Mason’s singular voice manages to reach an apex that seems to belie his meagre 18 years of age. He manages to skilfully make the cover his own while paying an apt homage to the skill and talent Mercury displayed in the original. The rest of the band by no means play to Conor’s voice and have a tight perfected approach to the song. The guitar work shows a modern understanding with the bands numerous influences shining through – particularly Slash; while the gentle use of keyboards adds to the tension the song creates. The drummer Dave Dickinson manages to fluidly bring the song together and manages to build a tense atmosphere throughout the song rising and falling in perfect attunement to the band.

What results is a cover that is entirely their own but nevertheless stands as a monument to everything Queen managed to accomplish. The song downplays the synth flamboyance and glam of the original and presents instead a sombre, yet still invigorating, retelling of one of the greatest songs that has come to be a symbol of the life and legend of Freddie Mercury.

All this from a newly formed band of 18 year olds. The band has already gained a following and with over 3000 views already on Beat100 we’re holding our breath anxiously for their next release. While so far their public releases have been limited to covers the band is currently working on their own material and we at Beat100 can’t wait for their next release. Their influences encompass the great history of rock from Guns N Roses and Queen to Tom Petty so we can expect this to shine through in their own work.

The band comprises;
Conor Mason - Vocals, Rhythm guitar, Keys
Joe Langridge-Brown - Guitars, Keys, Backing vocals
Dom Craik - Guitars, Keys, Backing vocals
Dave Dickinson - Drums and Percussion

You can check out their cover here on Beat100 and vote them up the charts. To find out more on the band follow them on Twitter and Facebook. The band will also hopefully be performing at Beat 100’s next live show so stay tuned to all our latest updates for the latest info.

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