Nine Black Alps
|Nine Black Alps|
|Genres||Alternative rock, post-grunge, neo-grunge|
|Labels||Island Records (2004-2007)|
|Associated acts||The Halycon Band, The Sorry Kisses, Milk Maid, The Cribs, The Witches|
|Past members||Martin Cohen|
Nine Black Alps are an English alternative rock band from Manchester, formed in 2003. The band consists of Sam Forrest (vocals, guitar), David Jones (guitar), James Galley (drums) and Karl Astbury (bass).
Taking its name from "The Couriers", by Sylvia Plath, the band came to prominence with the release of its debut album, Everything Is in 2005. Following the release of the band's second album, Love/Hate (2007), the band parted ways with its label, Island Records, and self-released its third studio album, Locked Out from the Inside, in 2009.
In 2011, bass guitarist Martin Cohen departed from the band to pursue a solo career under the name Milk Maid. Cohen was subsequently replaced by Karl Astbury, with the band releasing its fourth album, Sirens, in October 2012.
From their inception in late 2003, the band's energetic live performances earned them a hardcore fanbase after playing for only a few months on the Manchester music scene. In 2004 the band were signed to Island records and spent the year touring the UK and recording their first studio album with producer Rob Schnapf in Los Angeles.
In 2005, having completed the album recording, Nine Black Alps toured the UK extensively, promoting the release of their debut album, Everything Is on 13 June 2005. The band supported the Kaiser Chiefs for part of their UK tour in April 2005, and later Weezer in August. The band also performed at 2005's Glastonbury festival, T in the Park, V Festival, and the Reading and Leeds Festival. Also in 2005 Nine Black Alps performed in Japan at the winter SonicMania Festival in February, and later that year returned to play the Club Quattro Venues in Tokyo and Osaka. The band also spent time touring northern Europe, including France, Holland and Germany and also supported the Kaiser Chiefs in Scandinavia. The band also ventured to the US, playing at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, and making a short tour of the north east. During February 2006 Nine Black Alps set off for a final 'Everything Is' UK tour with their Manchester friends The Longcut as support. This was Nine Black Alps' largest and most successful UK tour to date, and included sold-out headline shows at Manchester Academy and an NME Shockwaves Awards Show at Hammersmith Palais.
Their first U.S. single was "Cosmopolitan"; their album Everything Is was released in America on 28 February 2006, and to support the album release Nine Black Alps toured the US extensively during 2006, including several performances at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas and a performance at the Coachella Festival on 28 April that year.
On 18 October 2006, NME.com reported that they were working on the follow-up to Everything Is, recording with Oasis and Jet producer Dave Sardy in Los Angeles, California: "According to a posting on Nineblackalps.com the band and Dave Sardy will 'furrow their brows, vent their spleens and bleed their hearts into the production of a glorious technicolour audiophonic dreamscape'".
Nine Black Alps played on the NME Stage at Reading and Leeds Festival and Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Invernesshire, in August 2007. The band's first release of 2007 came in the form of "Pocket Full of Stars", a song written by the band and Hayley Hutchinson for inclusion in the movie soundtrack to Surf's Up. The first single taken from the new album was "Burn Faster" released on 23 July and the second single, "Bitter End", was released on 15 October.
The band's second album, Love/Hate, was released on 29 October 2007.
In November 2007 Nine Black Alps supported Biffy Clyro on the Scottish leg of their tour and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, two of their most prestigious support tours. On the back of this, Nine Black Alps brought the 'Love/Hate' era and their partnership with Island Records to a close with a successful UK headline tour in January and February 2008.
In April 2009, Nine Black Alps released a free download song on NME.com and their own website. The track, called 'Buy Nothing', was the first release from their forthcoming third album, Locked Out from the Inside. The band's third studio album, Locked Out from the Inside was released on 5 October 2009, and was promoted by a UK-wide tour.
The band have reportedly written their fourth album which is due out later this year and started demoing the new material as a 3 piece in early May in the West Yorkshire village of Linthwaite. Bass player Martin Cohen left the band in early 2011 to purusue his solo project Milk Maid, with whom he is signed to Brighton based label Fat Cat Records; he has since been replaced by Karl Astbury, formerly of The Witches. Also in 2011, David Jones became the touring second guitarist in The Cribs following the departure of Johnny Marr.
As said on their official website, "We find ourselves back in the studio, a year older, wiser and rustier - recording a bunch of new songs that may or may not find their way onto some form of album."
After Brew announced that they were going to close in 2013, Nine Black Alps were announced as the first signing to new label Hatch Records, with a new single "Novokaine" scheduled for December 2, 2013.
- Current members
- Sam Forrest - vocals, guitar, piano (2003–present)
- David Jones - guitar, bass, keys (2003–present)
- James Galley - drums, vocals (2003–present)
- Karl Astbury - bass (2012–present)
- Former members
- Martin Cohen - bass, guitar (2003–2011)
- Everything Is (UK No. 51) (2005)
- Love/Hate (UK No. 69) (2007)
- Locked Out from the Inside (2009)
- Sirens (2012)
- "Cosmopolitan" (2004) (UK No. 101)
- "Shot Down" (2005) (UK No. 25)
- "Not Everyone" (2005) (UK No. 31)
- "Unsatisfied" (2005) (UK No. 30, UK Rock No. 1)
- "Just Friends" (2005) (UK No. 52, UK Rock No. 1)
- "Burn Faster" (2007) (UK No. 42)
- "Bitter End" (2007)
- "Buy Nothing" (2009)
- "My One and Only" (2012)
- "Novokaine" (2013)
Soundtracks and compilations
- "Surf's Up: Music From The Motion Picture" (Pocket Full of Stars)
- "Class aA: Beyond Entertainment" (Over the Ocean)
- "Exclusive: Nine Black Alps - Novokaine". Clash Magazine. 2013-10-09. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
- "Nine Black Alps join Brew. 4th studio album ‘Sirens’ released 8th October 2012 with UK tour : Brew". Brewrecords.net. Retrieved 2012-12-20.
- "Kansai Scene Magazine :: Live". Kansai Scene Magazine. 2005-02-01. Retrieved 17 December 2008.
- "Nine Black Alps extend UK and Irish tour". NME. 2005-12-09. Retrieved 17 December 2008.
- "Nine Black Alps get to work on second album". NME. 2006-10-18. Retrieved 20 October 2006.
- "3rd Album Recording Confirmed". nineblackalps.com. 2008-11-17. Retrieved 17 December 2008.
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- "Home | Nine Black Alps | Official site for the Manchester rock band". Nine Black Alps. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
- Knott, Alex. "Milk Maid to release 2nd album in July | Music News". Frost Magazine. Retrieved 2012-12-20.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 394. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "Chart Log UK: N". zobbel.de. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
- Official website
- Nine Black Alps on Myspace
- Rock Sound review of 'Locked Out From The Inside'
- Interview: January 2010