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Ninetynine release of Bande Magnetic 2010.jpg
Ninetynine for the release of Bande Magnetique 2010
Background information
Origin Melbourne, Australia
Genres Indie rock
Years active 1996–present
Labels Patsy, Unstable Ape, If Society, Endearing, Chapter, Radio One, Stick Figure, Sones, Dark Beloved Cloud, Trifekta
Website Ninetynine Bandcamp page
Members Laura Macfarlane
Cameron Potts
Meg Butler
Iain McIntyre
Past members Rhonda Simmonds
Michelle Mansford
Amy Clarke

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, Rhonda Simmonds (who has since left the group) and Iain McIntyre (who played with Laura in several earlier bands). Other former members of the band include 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.

Ninetynine Performing in Mexico 2007


In 2014 the entire Ninetynine back catalogue was made available for free digital download on Ninetynine Bandcamp page

Original Releases are:

  • 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 (Unstable Ape/If Society/Stickfigure 2006)
  • Chapter 99 (Sones, 2006)
  • Silo EP (Patsy, 2008)
  • Bande Magnetique LP (Patsy, 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. Chapter 99 (Sones, 2006) was a compilation of previously released songs. Original releases of 99, 767 and 180 degrees came in hand-folded sleeves made of printed card.

Live shows and tours[edit]

Ninetynine have played live extensively, and toured internationally in Japan, the UK, Europe and North America.

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