Okay...it's true, Nine50Nineis a new band, and I like 'em. For what it's worth it is prolly 'cause Nine50Nine's jams is played by a bunch'a old gents: drummer Dave Krusen, guitarists Cameron Brownfield, Alan Hunt, bassist Jeremy Lightfoot, and singer Ty Willman (ahem) ex-Green Apple Quick Step.
Their debut album, Hollow Bones, has been out for a while and I dig it. It's tailor made for the radio, obviously this band is hopeful, but in a way I rarely hear from any "new" group. Um, I can't frame this record in terms of anything contemporary, even tho' it IS so very contemporary; the songs are bouyant, poppy and catchy, sometimes heavy, but it never loses it's balance. I reckon that's 'cause this group is old guys who've been playing in bands for years, so their song writing chops are strong and knowing. The closest I can shade 'em is perhaps Free? Seriously, 'cause if not for the bright contemporary production the tracks on Hollow Bones would be colored a deep "1973." Uh-huh!
Nine50Nine play the High Dive, this Sunday, March 17th, St. Patrick's Day. Doors at 8PM.