26th February 2020

In_pictures Band’s stolen equipment found in Cash Generator store

In_pictures Band’s stolen equipment found in Cash Generator store


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Tom Morley

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Do Nothing are from Nottingham

A band who had equipment stolen during a car break-in has thanked the public after most of it was recovered from a buy-and-sell store.

Do Nothing, from Nottingham, appealed for help after gear worth £1,000 was taken from an underground car park in George Street, in the city, on Monday.

The items were recovered a day later from a Cash Generator store.

The band, who have featured in the NME, told those who helped: “You’ve restored faith to our cold dead hearts.”

A Facebook appeal with pictures of the equipment, including bass pedals, was shared hundreds of times.

Guy Elderfield, a local music producer, saw the post and, by chance, later spotted some of the items in Cash Generator.

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Do Nothing

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The band’s equipment was stolen from a car

After noting down the serial numbers he realised they matched those stolen.

“[The thieves] weren’t very bright,” he said.

“Bass is a massive part of what Do Nothing sound like. If you take that away they wouldn’t sound like the same band.

“It’s always nice to do good things.”

He said the store’s attendants were “really helpful” and took the items off the shelves and contacted the police.

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Dan Kendall Photography

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The band’s latest track is being played on BBC 6 Music

Bassist Charlie Howarth said most of the equipment stolen belonged to him.

“Our drummer had gone to his car and noticed that a brick had been put through the back window,” he said.

“They took my pedal board, which is a case that provides various effects for your instrument. They can be quite expensive.

“The [pedals] are just so small, not much bigger than a phone, so when they get taken out the case they’re really hard to track down.”

He described the moment the band received a call from Mr Elderfield as being “pretty remarkable” and “pretty mad”.

“I never thought we’d get it back and so quickly,” Mr Howarth said, adding it was only 24 hours after the band had discovered the equipment had been stolen.

The band’s new track, titled LeBron James, is currently on the BBC Radio 6 Music playlist.

The NME said Do Nothing are at the “front of the new guitar wave in the UK” and one of their “top tips for 2020”.

Cash Generator has not yet responded to a request for a comment when approached by the BBC.

Nottinghamshire Police said no arrests have been made.

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