“A propulsive display of robust slickness” – 8/10 This is Fake DIY
“A satisfying, organised chaos” – VICE
“New cats Ninetails specialise in precision guitar-pop” – NME
Philip Morris – Bass, Backing vox
Jordan Balaber – Guitar, Backing vox
Ed Black – Guitar, Lead vox
Jacob King – Drums, samplers
Ninetails are shit hot – that’s just a fact.
When they first passed Superstar Destroyer their demo, the label were impressed by a fully-formed, tight sound that took in mathpop and post-rock as well as more eclectic, subtle influences. As the band have explained many times, their musical tastes clash heavily; ’90s US indie, UK grime, downtempo indie and avant garde compositions all fight for pride-of-place in their influences list. Though not all of the above come through, what they do explain is Ninetails’ consistent ability to pick a great melody out of apparent chaos, as well as their uncanny knack of winning over new fans – whatever musical background they come from.
After a spring which saw them tipped by Vice, NME, Clash and This is Fake DIY, Ninetails return with ‘Slept and Did Not Sleep’, the much anticipated follow up to their ‘Ghost Ride the Whip’ EP. Combining hyperrealistic pop with sleek maximalist production, the Liverpool four piece explore euphoria, lamentation and lucidity on this song cycle melodrama. Throughout, moody minimalism and loop-based composition provide an Eno-like back drop for vocals inspired by sunshine pop, r’n’b and dramatic choral harmony.
Earlier in the year Ninetails were included in NME’s scene report of their home city and a performance at Sound City in May prompted Clash Magazine to tag them as an “Up Coming Hype Band” whilst Vice highlighted them in their ‘Ones to Watch’ list. Prior to these accolades, they’d shared stages with Alt-J, Errors and Tall Ships. The band have also been included in Simon Raymonde’s list of favourites in 2012.
The band will release ‘Slept and Did Not Sleep’ through Superstar Destroyer Records on the 26th of November as a pay-what-you-feel download. A visually cohesive CD package and very limited number of ‘uniquely chopped and screwed’ cassette tapes of the EP will also be available. Two videos will accompany the release, as well as an EP launch in Liverpool and the band’s first London Show on the 29th of November at the Bull and Gate in Kentish Town.
Undoubtedly, this is an exciting time for Ninetails who have already made plans to release again early into the new year.