FRESH: ‘House Of Smith’ – Noprism

Noprism are at the “House Of Smith”

Coming from a background of noise-driven guitar bands, NOPRISM’s synth-filled, soulful pop songs became a labour of love for Newcastle-based duo Andrew Young and Mark Nelson. Bathed in the sounds of Prince, Talking Heads and Chaka Khan via some of today’s modern experimentalists, such as Justice, Carpenter Brut and Todd Terje, it’s just good pop music that makes you want to dance.

Throw in the likes of !!! and The Rapture too and you get the idea. Having some notable achievements with previous bands (Kubichek/People of Santiago) – including Maida Vale Radio 1 sessions and interviews for both Steve Lamacq and Zane Lowe, alongside an MTV tour with Editors and festival appearances at Reading/Leeds and Wireless Festival – NOPRISM is a new project which explores more of the soul and pop elements of the band’s record collections.

Their previous single, “Pieces”, achieved over 50,000 Spotify streams in its first few weeks of release, gaining some great soundbites along the way, as well as spins on BBC’s Introducing shows. Already, five more of NOPRISM’s songs casually uploaded to the BBC’s platform have all been given BBC Introducing airtime. Now, returning with “House Of Smith”, a song that contemplates humanity’s need to justify its own purpose, NOPRISM is continuing its march towards a dance floor near you.

Originating from a sampled drum loop from an old Roy Ayers track, the song began life as a bit of an in-joke, named after a bar in Newcastle the band would never go in. Filled with hooks and dripping in analogue sounds, how many songs can boast both a guitar AND synth solo? The song typifies the band’s approach to experimentalism and just having fun with sound. As the song says in its own tongue-in-cheek way, “you’ve gotta evolve, man”.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!