Let’s Take Five: An interview with Number 9!

I’d somehow managed to pass Number 9 by for ages until I finally caught them live on the off-chance a few months back. Impressed by what I saw from the modern psychedelic band, we decided to catch up with George from the band to talk influences, gigging, Glastonbury and the future!

Hi there! Firstly, so that our readers can know a bit more about you, please introduce Number 9:

Hello! Number 9 are a 5-piece psychedelic pop band from Portsmouth. We’re made up of Ben (singer/guitarist), Tom (keys/mellotron player), Kev (bassist), Jack (drummer) and me, George (the other singer/guitarist).

There are some clear influences throughout your music, including some rather exotic ones. But, if you could work with any band or artist on a new song, who would it be and why?

That’s a tough one! There are a few that spring to mind but I think as a band, we’d collectively go for the Beatles. I know it’s a bit difficult to arrange but we’d quite happily travel back to 1966 and get them to help us out on a few parts! They were always completely ahead of their time in the way they constructed songs, so to get their input
would be the dream. I’m not sure they’d appreciate our input though!

What was the original spark which encouraged you to start creating music as a band?

I wouldn’t use the word “spark”, it was more of a slow burning fire. It took ages for us to complete the 5-piece line up! Me and Ben were playing as a duo for about 3 years, then Jack was next to join and shortly after Tom & Kev arrived. They all turned up at once. Like buses! But I suppose the initial spark that got me and Ben together at the beginning was our mutual passion for writing music. I don’t think we had quite met anyone we could share this with before. Well I hadn’t anyway.

Where is somewhere you’d love to play, but haven’t yet?

This question has been bothering me for days! Haha. I suppose we’d be happy anywhere really but the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury would be pretty cool wouldn’t it!

Finally, have you got anything to share regarding upcoming gigs or releases and what have you got planned for 2018?

Yeah, it’s looking like a good year for us, already! We’ve got a couple of decent little gigs lined up already, like Portsmouth Psych Fest and supporting a couple of Brighton based bands when they come to Portsmouth. We’ve also just finished recording our debut EP too!

We haven’t decided on the release date yet but we’ll let you all know in good time. Watch this space!

We would like to thank Number 9 very much for their time! You can catch them at Icebreaker Festival this Saturday (3rd February) at The Royal Albert at 21:20. You can also follow the band via social media below and listen to their music via Soundcloud.

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