Genre: Indie Rock
Nine Black Alps are an English indie rock quartet from Manchester, named after a line in a Sylvia Plath poem and fronted by Sam Forrest. The band’s live performances earned them a hardcore fanbase after playing for only 6 months on the Manchester music scene.
Following the 2005 release of their debut album, Everything Is, the supported the Kaiser Chiefs (along with Hard-Fi) 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 and Reading and Leeds festival. Arctic Monkeys played a gig with the band for Radio 1 at Manchester Academy in 2005.
Their first U.S. single was “Cosmopolitan”; their album Everything Is was released in America on February 28, 2006. They played to a large audience in March, 2006, at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX.
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: “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, Inverness-shire, 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 July 23 and the second single, “Bitter End”, was released on October 15.
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 October 5, 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.