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The Pineapple Thief - Nothing But The Truth: "a must-own collection"

Intimate live set from Bruce Soord’s art rock quartet.

Pineapple Thief: Nothing But The Truth cover art
(Image: © KScope)

It’s a story as old as the pandemic: band releases album, only to find themselves unable to tour in support and opt to instead recreate it in a studio with just a film crew for company.

So it was for The Pineapple Thief, whose December 2020 livestream show was captured for posterity by director George Laycock and gets the full multidisc Blu-ray/CD treatment here. Laycock filmed the band in an empty room and used large lamps and dynamic camera angles to achieve a cinematic atmosphere. While the absence of crowd interactions is understandable, that sense of intimacy is the film’s biggest strength.

The 17-track set leans heavily on their then-recent album, Versions Of The Truth. Demons, Our Mire and the title track are faultlessly replicated without sounding soulless, as are older tunes White Mist and Build A World. Despite the inevitable absence of material from their distant past, Nothing But The Truth remains a must-own collection for PT fans, and the deluxe edition – with its extensive hardback book and abundance of documentary shorts, music videos, and drum cam footage – is even more worthwhile.

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Joe is a regular contributor to Prog. He also writes for Electronic Sound, The Quietus, and Shindig!, specialising in leftfield psych/prog/rock, retro futurism, and the underground sounds of the 1970s. His work has also appeared in The Guardian, MOJO, and Rock & Folk. Joe is the author of the acclaimed Hawkwind biographyDays Of The Underground (2020). He’s on Twitter and Facebook, and his website is https://www.daysoftheunderground.com/