Cornwall's Even Nine release powerful new album
WHEN Cornwall's Even Nine wanted to create an explosive album, they didn't think they'd have to risk life and limb by messing around with fireworks.
But those fireworks are unleashed all over their ten-track album – both on the cover and the songs.
"I found myself out in a field on a cliff-top, swinging this modified Catherine Wheel about, and it was ridiculously close to taking my face off," said guitarist Rick Martin.
Meanwhile, as singer Jody Martin got creative with a blowtorch for the album artwork, drummer Brett Stepto contributed by laughing at the Jackass-style antics and hiding from the cold weather in the comfort of the band's tour van.
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The band's new video – and album opener – This Parade, shows just how the band are putting energetic and emotive electric guitar back at the forefront of rock.
Always singer-songwriters first and rock band second, Even Nine's focus is on melodic and hard-hitting songs that bridge the divide between uplifting anthems and poignant lyrical content.
But the guitars on new album The Lights Are Too Bright To See – out March 4 – are huge, with modern takes on riffs, solos and tones, all with a classic vibe. And yet never bigger than the song itself - constrained, yet electrifying.
The tracks are the ultimate evolution of their sound – powerful drums, energetic guitars and heartfelt vocals.
A definite step up from their previous releases, the sound is huge – but also intimate on classic rock ballads like Nothing Will Be The Same Again – thanks to producer Gareth Young who, although passionately loving his work with rock bands, is better known for crafting hits for the Sugababes and Dannii Minogue.
But there's no danger of bubblegum pop creeping in as Pete Maher (Jack White, The Killers, Damien Rice) has been put in charge of mastering the album so it pounds your speakers from start to finish.
What's On's Lee Trewhela said: "It's a mightily impressive album, with huge, memorable riffs throughout. But this isn't just hard rocking for the sake of it ... the tunes are topflight. Imagine Foo Fighters crossed with Bon Jovi and you're halfway there."
You can see Even Nine at Bunters, Truro, on March 21, Bridge On Wool, Wadebridge, on March 29, Copperhouse, Hayle, on March 30, Red Lion, Newquay, on April 6 and First and Last, Sennen, on April 13.
You can find more info about the album at www.evennine.com