Don’t be deceived by their cute, retro-throwback name. Ninetails are not a band stuck in the past. Since arriving unannounced onto the Liverpool live circuit in October last year, Ed, Jordan, Phil and Jake have set about tearing up shows, turning heads and notching up some impressive support slots with the likes of Errors, Three Trapped Tigers and Dutch Uncles. More remarkable than their appearance and subsequent ownership of the local scene is their unconventional approach to songwriting, blending breathtaking complexity effortlessly with the kind of pop sensibilities that seem instantly familiar even on first listen.
Formed by four friends who bonded over a mutual appreciation of a few great bands, the irony is that Ninetails’ sound triumphs for its eclecticism taking influences from nineties US Indie, avant garde composition, post-rock exuberance and the off-kilter rhythms and melodies of math rock bands like Colour, Meet Me In St. Louis and At The Drive-In. Their debut EP, Ghost Ride The Whip (another nod to an American fad culture) veers between moments of musical obscenity and sections of pure pop goodness. Over-riding everything is the feeling that these boys know a great melody when they hear one, demonstrated most clearly in Social Guesswork, played by Tom on 6Music in January.
The band’s most up-to-date offering, recently released single Rawdon Fever, is a heady mix of ethereal guitar and tightly knitted rhythms. The vocal hooks so consistent on the band’s debut are somewhat sparse this time around, limited to a few choice harmonies and tribal chants but their penchant for great hooks is still startlingly apparent as guitar melodies spin from the shimmering guitars. Ninetails’ accessible brand of genre-bashing alternative rock has had bloggers in Liverpool and further a-field buzzing with talk of the band’s limitless potential, but with more material already in the pipeline and a gigging schedule to match their densely constructed music, all the signs suggest that this is a band not content to bask in the glory of critical acclaim.
Keep up to date with Ninetails’ development via there website.