Singer and guitarist Conor Mason, guitarist Joe Langridge-Brown, keyboard and guitar player Dominic Craik, bass player Philip Blake and drummer James Price formed the alternative rock band Nothing But Thieves in the English seaside town of Southend in 2012. They gained attention with the release of EPs titled If You Don't Believe, It Can't Hurt You, and Graveyard Whistling. The single “Itch” became a hit on radio and iTunes and they performed at awards shows and festivals. Their self-titled 2015 debut album went to number seven on the UK Official Albums Chart and number eleven on Billboard's Alternative Albums Chart. Their 2017 tour of the UK was sold out, and their second album, Broken Machine, went to number 2 on the UK Albums Chart in 2017. Later in the year, members of the band were accused on Twitter of inappropriate sexual behavior, which they denied. The potential fuss resulted in the cancellation of a scheduled appearance at the 2018 NME Awards launch party and July Talk, the support band on their tour, pulled out of further dates. Never afraid to shy away from political topics, they tackled the many societal ills facing the world with many of the songs on 2020’s Moral Panic.