In conversation with Mark Wilson lead singer for No Soap No Radio.
No Soap No Radio offers a considerable and kaleidoscopic catalogue of great songs and dynamic, accessible music, boasting great rhythmic command and heart-stopping refrains. Their latest release, While You Were Gone, is a compelling album demonstrating everything that makes No Soap No Radio distinctive and memorable.
Built on the songs of guitarist/vocalist Mark Wilson, No Soap No Radio’s sound spans musical genres – from classic rock and pop to the complex jazz-influence of Steely Dan’s fusion or Etta James’ blues – whilst firmly asserting its own stamp. Combining grace, substance and edge, with spacious melodies and subtle arrangements, the songs are both immediate and complex. The lyrics are cerebral, wry and dry, with movingly poetic, sometimes dramatic, visual metaphors firmly rooted in vignettes of the everyday – situations, journeys, satire and affection.
Wilson’s heartfelt vocal delivery is intimate and passionate conversational and intense, always pushing the emotional depth of his lyrics. Bassist Tim Appleby’s classical and jazz roots give the songs depth and direction, perfectly complemented by drummer Paul Taylor’s dynamic and sensitive approach, fusing jazz delicacy with driving rock and Latin punch. Lead guitarist Steve McCormick has the rare ability to move seamlessly from background to foreground, through subtle orchestration and chord work with syncopated rhythms to visceral and searing lead guitar solos. With a sonic palette spanning heavy metal and country, Steve moves fluidly between melodic, inventive finesse and brilliant, abrasive attack.
Based in the north of England, No Soap No Radio have built a loyal following over a number of years.
Their new album, While You Were Gone, will be released on June 17th and will be available to buy direct from the band’s website (www.nsnr.co.uk) and digital platforms.
Juicy Jukebox had a sit down with enigmatic frontman Mark Wilson – Interview
What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands or start a career in the music business ?
Find that thing that you can call your own and pursue it – with faith and dedication.
How do you feel about the internet in the music business ?
Still not sure how best to use it as an instrument but increased access to more and more music is a wonderful thing.
Do you ever play any covers ?
We used to, as a way of getting things going – but not now – it was a mix of our stuff, James Brown, Velvet Underground, Etta James – an eclectic mix.
What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs ?
Visionary stuff, the challenge to ideals, existential struggles, love, death, passion pettiness and dedication.
Have you guys or your producer worked with any established names in music so far ?
David our current engineer has worked on projects involving several high-profile artists, such as Gary Barlow & Bryan Adams. Other artists he’s worked with more recently, include: NGOD, Kaiser Chiefs and The Fall.
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