Interview – King No-One

Those into the York music scene will likely know of King No-One already – the band are local legends in these parts. They’ve recently released a new single called Obsolete and I felt like it was time to have a chat with them – see how I got on below!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a new track titled Obsolete. What can you tell us about the song and why did you pick that one to be released as a single?

It’s a 2000s RnB x grunge track that I started writing at the end of the first lockdown. The guys loved it, I finished it in a matter of days. Joe recorded a demo of it with some Justin Timberlake sounding guitar and RnB percussion. We hit the studio at the end of the next month which was one of the first times we’d seen each other in months, and James sat on the drum kit and played through the track and the feel he gave the record when he absolutely slaughtered the chorus almost brought me to tears. It really felt perfect from start to finish and will go down in history as one of our most important tracks.

Do you have any more singles planned for release anytime soon?

Yes, we definitely do. And soon.

Do you have any plans to release a full-length release in the near future?

It’s what we’ve wanted to do for years, but it’s the great difficulty of a DIY band finding the funds to do it, especially on the scale that we need to with the amazing fan base we have.

You recently announced a UK headline tour, are you excited to be getting back out on the road again? Is there anywhere you’re particularly looking forward to playing?

So excited. It’s quite literally what we live for, the stage has always been home. And I’d really like to go home now.

There are a couple of festival dates, as well as your own headline tour – we’re hoping to go to Y Not Festival to see you this year. How do festival gigs compare to normal gigs and which do you prefer?

Performing at festivals is one of the most wonderful feelings you can have as a little human. You get to impress thousands of people who are willing to be impressed, and when you just know you’ll give them something that aren’t expecting – it’s adrenaline fuelled fun. But headline gigs are home turf, so rather than one being better than the other it’s more like a two-legged sports game… Home, and away.

Would you ever consider doing socially distanced gigs? 

Not as a full band, it just doesn’t facilitate what we do, we’ve spend years honing our unique and powerful live show. And we embody freedom, so doing it would go against a lot of what we’ve built. However, we’re adaptable so we make things work, so instead i’m going on a little solo run in June, which is more suitable for that kind of atmosphere.

Has the pandemic hindered the workings of the band much over the past 15 months or so? 

Like you wouldn’t believe. I’m very much a go out there and do it kind of person, and that has been stripped from me for over a year. It’s been the greatest challenge we’ve faced as a band. But as you’ll see in the next six months we love challenges.

You’re originally from York, a place we obviously hold quite dear. How is the current music scene, and are there any local artists/bands you can recommend to our readers?

York is a huge chunk of our hearts. What a place. Who knew such a little city could produce wonderful music lovers that are as loyal and committed as the people of York. Talk More are a great band in our ears at the minute.

Any last words for the fans?

We’ve missed you, but we’re coming home.