Following the release of double A-Side single Stay Close, I caught up with Zach Lount, Joe Martin, James Basile and Alex Townsley aka York indie rockers King No-One to chat about the new single, being frustrated child geniuses, and what 2016 has in store for the band.
AMBY: King No- One are…
KNO: An Indie Rock outfit from York.
AMBY: What’s the story behind the name King No-One?
KNO: We believe everyone is born equal and that no one should be born into extra rights than others.
AMBY: For anyone who’s not heard you yet, how would you describe your sound?
KNO: A frustrated child genius finally finding an outlet.
AMBY: Who or what influences you the most when it comes to making music?
KNO: The songs I write are always after events that etch in my memory. Inspiration always comes from emotions and particular feelings in given situations, sometimes even the lack of feeling in a moment where feelings are obliged. And sometimes they come from frustration, addressing problems that are out of my power to do anything about.
AMBY: And who have you been listening to lately?
KNO: Loving Du Blonde’s new album, Chemical Brothers, Fickle Friends and still hooked on the double Beach House album.
AMBY: You released a great new single entitled Stay Close. Tell us a bit about the track.
KNO: Stay Close is about a desire for something that you don’t and haven’t ever had, and then it drifts into the reality world of that something actually happening, if you listen to the progression of the lyrics it’s like a reflective timeline.
AMBY: Previous singles have been picked up by Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1), Dermot O’Leary (BBC Radio 2), Dan O’Connell (Radio X) and Tom Robinson (6 Music) with ‘Constellations’ being added to Radio 1’s Best of BBC Introducing list for 2015. In today’s industry how important do you this gaining this type of support is for upcoming bands?
KNO: It’s so important, it’s difficult for people to hear our music with limited budgets and resources, so when you get people picking your song up and saying ‘hey, I’m digging this’ it spreads like olive oil on a non stick pan.
AMBY: You’ve had some exciting live dates already this year including a support slot with Sunset Sons what else do you have planned for 2016?
KNO: We’re very much looking forward to 2016, a lot of its hiding under the covers but we’ll definitely be making a few festivals appearances and hopefully some more ace support slots like Sunset Sons.
AMBY: Lastly, tell us something about the band that nobody else yet knows?
KNO: Our songs have double meanings, one literal meaning and one more serious metaphorical meaning.
Thank you King No-One, for giving us your answers!
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Interview by Fi Carroll | @Dirtyroknroller