King No-One are a York based band who put out upbeat indie charmers. Formed in 2013, and all in their early 20s, the band comprises Zach Lount, Joe Martin, James Basile and Alex Townsley.
Their latest single ‘Antichrist’ is a protest song that calls for equality. “There’s always been a battle between light and dark, liberty and tyranny,” says Count. “But we have a stubborn tendency to not give up on what we care about, so there’ll be a counter push, and one bigger than the force that is bringing us down.”
Before their tour UK, starting end of March, we asked the band to select their favourite tracks.
Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks - Landslide
Zach: I saw this live at First Direct Arena, Leeds and I sat on my own right on one of the top stands, the stage was a speck. Stevie Nicks sang her first note, and in that moment, the world just froze. I'd been dealt a moment that felt as if it was just me in a pool of my emotions and I knew it was ephemeral, but the powerful mark that moment left will always stick with me.
Spoon - Everything Hits At Once
Zach: I've always been super exposed to music by my family, I fell in love with so much at a young age with artists like Kate Bush, Radiohead, Cat Stevens, Nirvana etc. Just constantly being played to me. But when I was about eight I heard this song, and I absolutely adored it. I nicked by brothers Sony portable CD player, searched for the album and just sat in my school playground listening to the album on repeat, just to space out the time for this song to come back round.
Jeff Buckley - Lover You Should've Come Over
Zach: This song is ineffable!
Elbow - Lippy Kids
Zach: This song has a very personal hold on me, and I like to listen to it selfishly, on my own just to reflect on everything.
Light House Family - High
Joe: I can't get through the opening notes of this song without letting out a loud awe and proceeding to explain how this is my most nostalgic song ever. It's my oldest recollection of music and it's accompanied with a memory of searching for my best friend, while his family are packing up their house as they prepare to move.
Radiohead - Life In A Glasshouse
Joe: For some bizarrre and naive reason I decided to study jazz at college. Knowing barely anything about the genre, I was finding it increasingly difficult to fit in to the course. Finding this song was like finding a bridge between the music I love and the music I wanted to study.
Mogwai - Wizard Motor
Alex: I heard this when I was watching a series they'd done a soundtrack for. Their sound really resonated with me and opened my eyes to a completely different type of music, which I never appreciated before. This song specifically hits me but the whole Les Revenants soundtrack is amazing.
R.E.M. - Nightswimming
Alex: Michael Stipe's vocals and lyrics have always inspired me but ‘Nightswimming’ is the one that gets to me the most. Prior to this I'd never heard a ballad so beautiful and one that I could connect with on many different levels.
Fleetwood Mac - Tusk
James: I grew up listening to Fleetwood Mac. My mum used to blast out ‘Tusk’ in the car and it caught my attention because it revolved around a very prominent drum beat and included a full brass band. It was the first time I'd heard a track like this and I thought it was amazing.
The Beatles - Come Together
James: I played drums for the school orchestra and one of the songs we had to learn for the final year show was Come Together. I had to listen to it over and over again whilst I was learning it and grew to love it. It was so simple but still really cool to me.