I caught King No-One accidentally about 2 years ago at YNOT festival. The weather was terrible all weekend, and this was the year they cancelled half of the acts then eventually cancelled the last day of the festival. To get out of the rain, me and a couple of friends stumbled in to one of the sheltered stages and that’s when I first heard King No-One. I remember them being fantastic and really out there. Their music made numerous appearances in pre-drinks with my friends on night’s out from then on. I brought tickets to see them at Rescue Rooms as soon as I heard that they were coming to Nottingham. However, the best description of this gig is…disappointing.
King No-One started the gig extremely strong. The band, and a new face that wasn’t at YNOT, entered onto the stage and picked up their instruments. The crowd’s noise grew to a halt in anticipation. Atmospheric noise was filling the room as Zach Lount (lead singer) walks onto stage wearing bright red low jeans, a crop top style opened red jacket and duct taped nipples. The first 3 songs were fantastic. Lount held a brilliant stage presence and was a very good singer, holding some difficult notes for an impressive amount of time. The music was tight and sounded great.
But after these songs, things began looking downhill. I feel within a gig setting, in between songs, talking has as much of an affect on a bands image as the music does. This band had too much to say. These weren’t quick messages like “love everybody”; these were drawn out monologues taking a few minutes each. When a band is like this, it almost appears (especially at this level) as obnoxious and arrogant. Their most important and last message about discrimination and accepting everybody was met with various sighs and an audience member shouting “piss off!”. I believe that this wouldn’t have been the case if they had just let their music do the talking.
One thing which made me think ‘what an idiot’ was Lount expressing that King No-One don’t believe in encores, as they are a thing of the past and King No-One are future thinking. NO THANKYOU. An encore is almost a gift to the audience which shows appreciation and is giving an audience something extra. This was very disheartening as it’s basically saying, ‘we are better than other band’s and are too cool for that’.
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apT4F_soGJ8) – Two Islands
There was a lot of issues throughout this gig musically. The big one was the snapping of the guitarists string. But, like a trooper, he played a few more songs without. Hats off to that (he did eventually swap guitars). The backing vocals were often shaky behind Lount, but they sounded brilliant alone, so I think there’s difficulty harmonising with Lount’s vocals. The songs I remember loving at YNOT like Two Islands were essentially ruined for me. The way he sang it changed, and the use of a piano made it sound messy live. This was the case for a few other songs, including upcoming ones on the new EP set to release next March.
Overall, this was a poor gig and a bit of a disappointment personally. Going off this gig alone, the band would be better heard through their studio recordings rather than a live setting. I know they are brilliant from seeing them at YNOT, but I don’t think I will be seeing them again anytime soon.