NME - 2012
No.23/100 - NME's 100 GREAT ALBUMS YOU'VE NEVER HEARD
MILES KANE on NIC ARMSTRONG
& THE THIEVES
THE GREATEST WHITE LIAR (2005)
It's like the '60s never ended on this retro jewel
When I started out I was in a band called The Little Flames, and we once played Nottingham. This guy Nic came to the gig and he was like, 'I do music'. His album had just come out - so after meeting him I bought it.
He did the album with Liam Watson (engineer and mixer on The White Stripes' 'Elephant'), great tunes, like 'Down Home Girl', and 'Natural Flair'. It's pure '60s sounding, but done in a cool way. I remember watching him live, he'd be rocking out with his electric guitar and his harmonica. I just buzzed off him, I used to listen to him all the time. Back then it made me think, 'Fuck, I wanna do tunes a bit like that.'
I think it's important to make things that are modern, especially in this day and age. Personally, I'd want my music to be more modern-sounding than Nic's record, because you wanna get on the radio and all that. But it's those records from back then, whether it's The Beatles or Motown or Bowie, growing up, your mum would always be playing those records in the house, and it never really left you. That sort of sound I hear in this. Why did he never take off? God knows. He's still doing his thing.