No Soap No Radio – –While You Were Gone–Album review

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.



‘While you were gone’ is a fantastic warm and uplifting album full of melodic Lloyd Cole esque country, rock and pop ballads and heartfelt songs. The stunning album track ‘Out of the West’ has a Razorlight meets Pulp type quality mixed with a twee pop mood that is delicious especially while relaxing on a Sunday afternoon. It’s MOR but with a real, gritty and honest delivery and vocals that are different and don’t sound like every other band out there. ‘Valentino’ is also a real album highlight with it’s Pulp Fiction movie soundtrack driving in an open top through the desert feel. Overall a wonderful and exciting new album on the scene which stands out from the rest and features real songs that would not be out of place on an Ocean Colour scene or Weller album. Top marks from Mixtaped – 10/10

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 ( and digital platforms.

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