After a hectic and successful years gigging in 2012, Manchester four piece The Ninth Watch are hibernating in the studio with a view to bringing you a host of new tunes and if they're as strong as the tracks they produced last year, we're in for a real treat.
The Ninth Watch are vocalist/guitarist Stephen Ahern with Mike Fieldhouse also on guitar, Ian Holden on bass and Matt Ryan drums.
They're quintessentially Manchester in their music styling but they can be subtle, like the thoughtful and melodic 'Brave Bombardier' or in your face in true Manc style as with the classic 'Concrete Boots'.
Brave Bombardier' has a folk-like feel to it, almost in the vein of Elbow. It's moody, wistful and lyrically strong. Soft strings and strong words make it a track that will hold your attention and stay in your head for a long time to come with it's tale of battles past.
'The Optimist' however is a more anthemic track suited for radio play and festivals alike. With hints of early Coldplay it's an appealing track with very strong drum and guitar work that builds throughout the track.
The final track to tempt you with is the ballsy 'Concrete Boots' an Indie classic in the making. It grabs you from the opening line and doesn't let go with it's 'the end of me' chant throughout...a fans favourite...definately! I'll be plugging this track for the next Online Festival compilation album Indievidual Vol 2.
Watch this space for news of any new releases or gigs with tunes like these the promoters wont be able to resist them) as this is going to be a great year for The Ninth Watch.....