Thursday, 9 August 2012

The Return Of Nine Black Alps

Nine Black Alps formed in Manchester in 2003. In June 2005 the band released their debut album 'Everything Is' followed by a summer of major festivals including Glastonbury, T in the Park and Reading/Leeds festival. The band went on to release two more albums 'LoveHate' in October 2007 and 'Lock Out From The Indside' October 2009. Sam Forrest, lead singer with Nine Black Alps has also released three solo albums. It's been a while but Nine Black Alps are back with a new album, due for release 8th October 2012 and a UK Tour. Now signed to Leeds label brew records, we had a chat with Sam to find out what the band are up to.

It's been a while, what have you been up to?

Working, playing with other bands, recording other bands, writing solo stuff, general living etc...

You have come back with a new bass player, how did that come about?

Martin our old bass-player left to form his own band Milkmaid, and we got in our friend Karl to play instead.

How did you end up signing with Brew Records?

We knew about Brew through a friend's band (Kong), and liked the look of Brew as they were based in the North and also had lots of good bands on their label. So we got in contact, sent them the record and they said they wanted to release it.

What can we expect from the new album?

Similar Nine Black Alps stuff, maybe faster and more direct and less heavy than the last one. We recorded it ourselves too so it doesn't sound as 'studio' as the previous three.

When will the album be released?
October 8th 2012.

Who are your main influences?

Uhhhhhhhh. The Beatles, Beethoven. Nirvana. The Pixies. The Kinks. Sonic Youth. The Breeders. Hole. Neil Young. Cats...

For anyone who has not heard your music where can they find it?

Just type 'Nine Black Alps' into your nearest internet and you should find something there. If you don't have a computer, we might have an album lurking in one of the larger HMV shops (probably massively overpriced too...)

What tunes are Nine Black Alps listening to at the moment?

I've (Sam) been listening to Ty Segall, Francoise Hardy, Kraftwerk, Tchaikovsky and stuff. James seems to listen to lots of doom metal by bands with one word names. There were Pixies and Nirvana CDs on Karl's stereo when I was there last weekend. I saw David last at a Stephen Malkmus show and he seemed to be listening to that.

Where can we catch Nine Black Alps live?

We're doing this tour in October:

Oct 10 Glasgow King Tuts
Oct 11 York Duchess
Oct 13 Nottingham Bodega
Oct 14 Southampton Joiners
Oct 15 London Borderline
Oct 16 Brighton Green Door Store
Oct 17 Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Oct 18 Bristol Cooler
Oct 19 Manchester Ruby Lounge

Tell us something we don't know about Nine Black Alps?

James our drummer can sail boats.

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