Interview with an Up and Coming Hard Rock Band
Anew phenomenon hit Ozzfest this summer in the form of No One, Virgin Records’ latest recruit. The Ozzfest crowd were privy to a short set that included their singles “Chemical” and “Down on Me.” This recent hard rock group is comprised of Murk (vocalist), B-Larz (guitars), Flare (bass), and Billy K (drums). No One’s unique personality allows it to stand out among the many other emerging hard rock bands. Following the path of Pantera, Metallica, and Black Sabbath, No One has remarkable commitment, and the will to assure success.
Life post-Ozzfest finds No One preparing to travel with other bands on the Pledge of Allegiance Tour. Lead singer Murk still finds time to go online and check e-mail he receives from fans. The Tech recently had a chance to speak to Murk.
The Tech: How did your No One get started?
Murk: Me and the guitar player knew each other 7 years before. We called ourselves Black Talon. We were a local band in Chicago. We would casually place our drummer and our bass player. Then last year in January, we fired our drummer and our bassist again. We then came across Flare. Flare always wanted to play harder music. We were looking for a drummer for two and a half months. We went through 50 people until we found what we needed. We met Billy K and we knew he was the one.
TT: How did you get the name No One?
M: We renamed our band No One because we were starting fresh again. No one really knew who we were or what we were about, so we came up with the name No One.
TT: Where do you find inspiration for your music?
M: Different things happen all the time and I think things that inspire me lyrically are things that irritate me. If somebody lies to me, or does anything that pisses me off gets me irritated. Being completely broke also irritates me and makes me fight back. It just depends on what is going on in my life at that point. I usually try to write from reality. A few songs are fictional though. Most of our songs are universal. I believe many people can relate to our music through its lyrics.
TT: How did No One like Ozzfest?
M: It was probably the funnest summer of my life. Last year I was going to the show as a fan, but this year the band was able to play in the show. It was cool to compare our band to these other bands who’ve been out of a while, some of these multi-platinum bands. We, as a band, began to think “What can we do to get to this level?” We looked at their stage props and their live performances. It was a learning experience for us.
TT: Did you make friends with any of the other bands at Ozzfest?
M: We made a lot of friends with the other bands such as Papa Roach, Disturbed, Linkin Park, Mudvayne, and Slipknot. Disturbed had been our friends for a while though.
TT: What was it like to work with Ozzy Osbourne?
M: I didn’t meet him. He doesn’t really come out on stage a lot. I only saw him backstage with a bunch of security guards around him. What was really cool for me was that when I was younger my dad used to put headphones on my head and let me listen to Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. In the Columbus, Ohio tour, my parents were able to come watch us play. It was so great being able to be on the same tab as Black Sabbath.
TT: Are you planning on coming back to Boston?
M: Oh definitely. Boston was one of the top three places we played this year. I think that everyone really liked our music up there. The radio shows really liked our music. The fans really appreciated what we had done. The feedback we received was really good. I don’t know when we will be back to Boston, but we plan on coming back in late October.
TT: Do you have a music video?
M: Our music video is currently being played on MTV2. We are starting to get a lot more publicity than before.
TT: Most of your songs sound relatively hard. Is there a soft side to No One?
M: Well there definitely is. You can hear Shedding, which shows some hints of softness. I think in the future we are going to write songs that are heavier than what we have and lighter than what we have. We will possibly have an acoustic song in the future, followed by a really heavy song.
TT: Is there one thing you would like to say about your current CD?
M: It’s a journey of peaks and valleys. There is a lot of emotions and changes in it. I have been working on it my entire life. It definitely took a long time to write it and a lot of hard work.