King No-One

FRESH: ‘Roll Of The Dice’ – King No-One

King No-One release “Roll Of The Dice”

Stepping up to take their rightful place amongst alt-pop royalty such as ​Everything Everything and ​Foals​, York three-piece ​King No-One​ have spent the past seven years turning heads and breaking hearts with their own inimitable brand of alternative indie-pop. Despite their northern roots, the group eschews the traditional grit of many of their contemporaries, opting instead toemphasise optimism and thus provide even their darkest offerings with a buoyancy that’s impossible to ignore.

Having built a remarkable live reputation including sold out UK tours, ​BBC Radio 1​ stageappearances at ​Reading ​and​ Leeds​ and drawing thousands of fans to the likes of ​Truck​ and Y-Not festival​, ​TRNSMT​ and ​Tramlines​, the band continue to use their platform to share the message they have shared since their first show: regardless of colour, gender, sexuality or financial status, No one is King, Everyone is born Equal. An ethos that has resonated tremendously amongst their LGBTQ+ fanbase. Having charted their debut EP “OOMM” in March 2019, reaching No.2 on the​ Indie Breakers Chart​ and No.21 on the​ Indie Chart ​with tracks featuring on the ​Spotify​ and ​Apple Music playlists such as New Music Friday,​ The Indie List ​and​ Best New Bands​, ​King No-One seem poised to reach even more impressive heights in 2020.

Indeed, having already released two exciting new records, they have also performed virtually for ​Radio 1’s Big Weekend ​and received impressive radio support from ​BBC Introducing, ​including ​​a​​ live set featured on ​BBCLook North​. Their latest single, “Roll Of The Dice”, ​​builds on previous success. Gorgeous​ vocal harmonies are matched perfectly against skittering percussion and piercing synths, while a pulsating bass and an unforgettable hook serve to propel the track to its conclusion. “Roll Of The Dice”​ explores the fundamental unpredictability of life and the element of chance that is so prevalent.

L​ead singer Zach explains, “​I’m nonchalantly addressing the circumstances of which I was born into and my so far ability to make something of my time here. Life is ultimately down to chance and where you may strive for a lifetime for something, another person may just fall into that by chance. This world is crazy, and sometimes you have to just accept that you can only do so much – the rest is a roll of the dice”.

While the distinctive sound of ​King No-One​, as heard in previous singles ​”Out Of My Mind” and “Not Willing To Sacrifice My Life”​ remains ​integral​, there is something refreshingly bold, self-assured and euphoric about ​”Roll Of The Dice”​. Indeed, the air of confidence and vibrancyit delivers is the perfect embodiment of ​King No-One’s​ core essence. A band who through puregrit, talent and drive have accumulated a huge fan base bonded by a shared message ofequality and epitomised by the ambitious nature of modern DIY culture.

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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!