Nine Black Alps is an English band that has a sound unlike any other English bands. This includes a grungier sound than most, which I believe will surprise you.
Albums: EP (2005, EP), Everything Is (2005), Nine Black Alps (2005, EP), Glitter Gulch EP (2006, EP), Love/Hate (2007), Locked Out from the Inside (2009), Sirens (2012), Candy for the Clowns (2014), Live From The Wishing Well (2015)
Label: Hatch Records
Genres: Alternative rock, post-grunge, neo-grunge
Q: Tell us about the band’s members.
A: I’m Sam, I play guitar and try and sing, then there’s David who plays guitar, Karl who plays bass and James who drums.
Q: What bands/singers do you admire?
A: In 2016 I’ve been listening to Sonic Youth, Neil Young, ABBA, Ty Segall, The Beatles, Girls and anything that smells of ‘classic rock’ by the look of it….
Q: What do you think are good things to sing about?
A: Usually pain, confusion and melancholy feelings in a vague kind of way. Anything that rhymes really…
Q: Why do you want to sing about these things?
A: Anything too specific usually gets in the way of the music, I try and write words to match the music, so loud music needs loud words. And I’d hate to sing anything resembling emotion or self-belief.
Q: What image do you want your music to convey?
A: The sound of someone still lifting amps into the back of cars ten years after their musical career self-destructed.
Q: What are you career goals in the next 1 to 3 years?
A: Survival, avoiding money, less back pain.
Q: What’s the hardest thing your band has been through?
A: Getting signed to a major label and going in and out of the music industry. That whole process can make you feel surprisingly alienated from the music that you create.
Q: How did you guys meet?
A: In squalid indie bars on ‘the scene’ in Manchester in 2003.
Q: What do you think about you fanbase?
A: I’m amazed anybody would want to listen to the crap I write, I do it to entertain myself so the fact that just one person pays attention is completely weird to me.
Q: When things go downhill, such as your music, friendships, etc., how do you handle that?
A: Denial, alcohol, sleeping pills.
Q: Who would you like to collaborate with?
A: Joan of Arc. And Benny from ABBA.
Q: As an artist, how would you define success?
A: Avoiding anything vaguely relevant, tasteful, credible or cool in 2016.
If you’re looking for a fresh sound, listen to Nine Black Alps!
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