Dynamic alt-pop rockers, King No-One first formed in York in 2013 and have since taken the live scene by storm. They introduced themselves busking material in the cold, rain-drenched streets across the UK., and as word spread, they built their live reputation with blistering sold-out shows across the nation’s favorite small venues before exploding as one of the biggest live emerging guitar bands in the country. They have sold out UK tours, BBC Radio 1 stage at Reading and Leeds, mains tage performances at Truck and Y-Not, etc.
Through pure grit, talent, and drive, King No-One epitomizes the modern go-getting DIY culture – conquering the hearts and minds of a huge fanbase with constant touring, massive singles, and an ethos of equality. This was characterized in their single, “Antichrist,” which declares that regardless of our color, gender, sexuality, or financial status, we are all born equal.
Back with their second single of 2021, the band also announced that they will be going back on tour, starting this summer. “Obsolete” showcases the breaking of sonic boundaries that the band strives for. Unearthing the beauty from life’s darker moments, the single sees a juxtaposition of darkly cathartic lyrical work and optimistic melodies before delivering one of 2021’s biggest choruses so far. The band shares,
Fusing 00s R&B and 90s grunge, Obsolete is about the pursuit of hedonism to mask the shame that depression can leave you with. And the first acknowledgment that you kinda suck and don’t want to suck anymore.
A smooth vibe is established right from the introduction. Velvety vocals float over a slow and plush pop instrumental line. There’s a gentle build-up into the grungy rock chorus and even with a more spirited production, the song is still soothing as to not overwhelm listeners. It’s an anthemic release of emotion. A riveting punk instrumental line fades out the song, drawing this colorful and raw display of self-reflection to a satisfying end. This catchy tune is the kind of track that you can just imagine yourself rocking out to in a crowd. So it’s a good thing the band’s going to be hitting the European roads in just a few months!