Newcastle synth duo NOPRISM release their new single House of Smith on July 24th.

Coming from a background of noise-driven guitar bands, NOPRISM’s synth-filled, soulful pop songs became a labour of love for Newcastle-based duo Andrew Young and Mark Nelson. Bathed in the sounds of Prince, Talking Heads and Chaka Khan via some of today’s modern experimentalists, such as Justice, Carpenter Brut and Todd Terje, it’s just good pop music that makes you want to dance. Throw in the likes of !!! and The Rapture too and you get the idea.

Having some notable achievements with previous bands (Kubichek/People of Santiago) – including Maida Vale Radio 1 sessions and interviews for both Steve Lamacq and Zane Lowe, alongside an MTV tour with Editors and festival appearances at Reading/Leeds and Wireless Festival – NOPRISM is a new project which explores more of the soul and pop elements of the band’s record collections.

Previous single ‘Pieces’ achieved over 50,000 Spotify streams in its first few weeks of release, gaining some great soundbites along the way, as well as spins on BBC’s Introducing shows. Already, 5 more of NOPRISM’s songs casually uploaded to the BBC’s platform have all been given BBC Introducing airtime.

Now, returning with ‘House of Smith’, NOPRISM is continuing its march towards a dance floor near you.


Behind its jaunty nature and hook-laden chorus, House of Smith is a song about humanity’s need to justify its own purpose. Praying to Gods, searching for answers that we’ll never find, and the constant race for evolution and progress. We’re searching for a higher purpose, be it with religion or by searching the universe for signs of something else. We’ll never be content, and we likely will never find the answers. 

Originating from a sampled drum loop from an old Roy Ayers track, the song began life as a bit of an in-joke, being named after a bar in Newcastle the band would never go in. When Andrew first wrote the song, he thought it would have the type of sound that they’d play in that bar, full of the Geordie Shore types and stag parties that frequent that street in the city centre. The song has changed a lot since that first demo, and the original sample gone, but the title remains.

Due to social distancing rules, the band skipped appearing in the video themselves, but they have a rather bendy guy making some serious shapes in the official video 😁



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