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”.