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ninetynine in NYC 2007
|Labels||Dark Beloved Cloud
|Past members||Rhonda Simmonds
Ninetynine (styled as ninetynine) is an indie band based in Melbourne, Australia. The band was founded by Laura Macfarlane, who played drums in Sleater-Kinney, in 1996 as a solo project. The first album, 99, was recorded with her playing all the instruments. Not long after she assembled a band with Cameron Potts and Rhonda Simmonds (who has since left the group). Other former members of the band are Iain McIntyre (who played with Laura in several earlier bands) and Amy Clarke (formerly of The Vivian Girls). Meg Butler joined in 2006.
Ninetynine's music has been described as art-pop, combining elements of indie rock, post punk and power pop with strong melodic elements and a playful approach. Some of their songs incorporate experimental elements such as unusual time signatures or exotic scales. One of the band's trademarks is the use of Casiotone keyboards and chromatic percussion (typically a vibraphone) in their music, with the musicians frequently swapping instruments between songs, even sometimes in the middle of songs.
- 99 LP (Patsy, 1996)
- 767 LP (Patsy/Chapter/Endearing, 1997)
- 180 degrees LP (Patsy/Radio One, 1999)
- Anatomy Of Distance LP (Patsy/Stickfigure, 2001)
- The Process LP (Trifekta, 2002))
- Receiving the Sounds of Science Fiction EP (Dark Beloved Cloud, 2003)
- Worlds Of Space, Worlds Of Population, Worlds Of Robots LP (2006)
- Silo EP (2008)
- Bande Magnetique LP (2010)
They also have recorded a number of tracks for various compilations.
Anatomy Of Distance is a retrospective compilation of tracks recorded for various compilations and 7" singles between 1997 and 2001. Receiving the Sounds of Science Fiction was released exclusively to subscribers of the New York-based Dark Beloved Cloud single club. The first four titles have since been reissued by Unstable Ape Records.
Original releases of 99 and 767 came in hand-folded sleeves made of printed card. The Unstable Ape rereleases were reformatted into standard CD jewel cases.
Live shows and tours
The members of Ninetynine have been known to play different music together under different names; During their 1996 European tour, Iain and Laura played support sets for ninetynine as "86", with Iain on vocals, performing mostly old Sea Haggs songs.