Northern Rivers groove merchants The Ninth Chapter are a band whose pedigree has been crafted on over a decade’s worth of sweat and grind on the live circuit. The band certainly know how to bring the funk’n’blues, as evidenced within the bump and swing of their highly impressive, self titled debut long player (which we’ll be reviewing in the May issue of Blank GC).
The dynamic six piece are about to embark on a full blown launch tour in celebration of the album’s release, including a local show at the Miami Marketta on Saturday, 13 April. You can also catch them here on the Gold Coast again when they appear as part of the epic line up of this years Blues On Broadbeach Festival, on Sunday 19 May.
So let’s open the pages of this book of groove at the Ninth Chapter and put you in the picture, as we chat with Jaz Munro (vocals/guitar) from the band about the new record and what their renowned live show may bring.
Congratulations on the release of your debut album – it certainly brings the groove! Can you tell us a bit about its genesis? How did the recording process play out?
We initially visited Lucky Boy Analogue Studios in Byron Bay to record a single in 2017 and simply enjoyed recording to tape so decided we would set up a few sessions late 2018 at the same studio with no pressure to record a full length album. However, it flowed super well and we managed to capture nine songs out of these sessions. We decided early on that the album would represent the evolution of the band and you can hear elements of the early days in a few songs that bring that more folky, singer-songwriter vibe balanced with the more full funk and blues sound.
Can you fill us in briefly on the background/history of the band, and the journey you’ve been on in the lead up to your debut long player?
We formed around 12 years ago as a three-piece and after a couple of years we decided an underlying love of groove music was developing so inevitably bass and horns were crucial, so through friends we found additional members to join the group. We recorded three EPs over these years and a group decision to release new material was made and here we are. For us its a very natural process being in this band, nothing is forced and it has to feel right for us to roll with it and an album was due… well kind of overdue.
You’re about to embark on a series of gigs in support of the record. What can we expect from you in the live realm? Do you have a particularly memorable live experience to share?
We have a bunch of local shows for the album that we are in the middle of and for those who have seen us its still our funk-driven live show that has been our signature over the years mixed in with some new tracks off the album. Our most memorable live show would have to be New Year’s Eve at Woodford Folk Festival many years back. It was a two-hour show played to thousands and involved the famous candle lighting ceremony. Amazing.
You must be excited to be on the bill for this years Blues On Broadbeach Festival!? Have you played it before? And is there anyone on the bill you can’t wait to see?
Oh man, this is so cool to make our debut in such an amazing festival and for us it certainly will be a career highlight. I personally love Bahamas from Canada and when I heard he was out I was stoked.
How is the rest of 2019 shaping up for the band after this run of shows?
After this little run launching the album we are heading to the South Coast of NSW for the Jamberoo Music Festival. The rest of the year will mostly form around summer festivals so we cant wait for it to warm up later in the year and be back on the road.