King No-One are a Yorkshire four-piece with big choruses, big riffs and great hair. They have enjoyed a headline tour that has taken them out of their northern stronghold, down to Bristol and up to Glasgow. The tour ends in their stomping ground: Fibbers in York.
I got to sit down with Zach Lount, Joe Martin, James Basile and Alex Townsley to talk about how things are going.
HN: You guys were playing in Glasgow last night, that’s a pretty long way in the van.
ZL: “I know! You get used to it after a while though.”
AT: “At least we have a better van this time.”
HN: You should invest in Bop-It. You could take one button each.
JM: “We used to have a Bop-It! There’s actually a video of us breaking the world record, we think…”
HN: Your new single ‘Alcatraz’ is out, and we like it a lot. Could you tell me a little about how you came to write that?
ZL: “‘Alcatraz’ is about your perception of things as time goes on. How nostalgia warps how you look back on things. You confuse feelings between past and present, how strong you actually felt at the time, and the nostalgia.”
HN: I love that during the middle eight, Zach just holds a note for about four minutes. How did that come into the song?
ZL: “It was actually more like five minutes.”
JM: “That was one of the final touches. We wanted something different. You usually find the end of the song will get bigger. So that’s when we stripped it down just to just the guitar and Zach’s vocals.”
ZL: “My vocals are actually climaxing, so when the beat drops its creates a nice contrast.”
HN: The bass groove on this sound enormous. You sound like you’re about to play the theme to Seinfeld but then you never do.
AT: “Yeah it’s definitely more funky. Zach wrote the bass part and it grew from that.”
ZL: “It actually started with the riff. You know! (mimes a riff). I’m getting carried away now.”
HN: You’ve covered a lot of material as a band. ‘Alcatraz’ is poppy, the music video is colourful, whereas ‘Moonstruck’ is filmed in monotone, and has a dark and dramatic tone. The contrast is pretty stark.
ZL: “To be fair that was written a long time ago. We wrote that that in early 2013. We wrote it in January but didn’t get it to the studio till a lot later on. We loved that song then and we still do now.”
JM: “If you think that’s a big contrast you should see what we have lined up next.”
HN: We are excited. Are you going full on EDM?
JM: “Oh yeah. Euro-dance music. That’s us.”
HN: Is it awkward filming a music video?
ZL: “The first few times it is. You feel self-concious, but it’s the same with gigs, once you get into it you realise you want to be doing that. Feeling self-concious is like worrying about your weight then eating a massive bar of chocolate.”
HN: Can you remember your first gig?
ZL: “I thought you were going to ask if I could remember my first bar of chocolate!”
HN: The vocal trend at the moment is very polished falsetto singing. Your voice has a slightly harder edge to it. Is that a style you’ve always had?
ZL: “To be honest with you, I didn’t know you could change the way you sing. I thought you sung how you speak. It wasn’t until later I met people who were trying to sound like something else.”
HN: So to finish, have you guys thought about an album?
ZL: “It’s too soon. There’s too much involved, and the funds to make an album is just an unnecessary spend. We’re happy to put out singles and tour for the time being.”
HN: It’s so often you see a band get forced into making an album early and not being happy with the results.
JM: “Yeah, you can never change your first album. When we’re old, we want to be proud to look back on it.”