The Ninth Wave


Monday 4th February 2019

Photograph by David East

Name, where are you from?
Haydn & Amelia of The Ninth Wave, we’re from Glasgow.

Describe your style in three words?
Side-eye causing.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
H: Seeing AC/DC when I was in 1st year of high school was a gig I’ll never forget. I squealed and then almost fainted when they walked on stage because I was finally getting to see a band I’d listened to every night when I went to sleep for the 12 years prior to that moment.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
A: Definitely Cocteau Twins, they’ve been a huge influence on me ever since I can remember - I’m even named after one of their songs! I’d be so intrigued to see how Liz Fraser remembers all her lyrics as well. And maybe LCD Soundsystem, honestly just to see how they manage to make their show run so perfectly smooth with such a vast array of instruments and things to go wrong. Every time I’ve seen them not a single thing has gone wrong, or that I’ve noticed.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
We’re influenced by a lot of different things... and each person in the band has their own streams of influence but if we had to pick out a defining moment in time to describe the whole thing it would be the New Romantics, as it seems like the obvious choice. But that’s not the only one!

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
H: Billy Mackenzie of The Associates. I’ve become fascinated by that band and the way that his and Alan Rankin’s songs make me feel is indescribable. The closest thing to describe it is happy-sad. Some of the lyrics and melodies are on a different level and I always find myself listening to their songs again and again.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
It’s hard to pick, but we recently played The Electric Ballroom in London when we supported Yonaka. It helped that the room was packed out when we walked on stage, but also the fact that all along the walls are posters of bands that have played there over the years and to realise that so many of your idols have played on the stage you’re about to play on is pretty surreal. The close second would be the Molotow Club in Hamburg - we’ve played a few gigs there and there’s always been such a good feeling after coming off stage because everyone is has been so into it.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
A: Claire Boucher (Grimes) has the most incredible self-sufficient, no bullshit attitude to the music industry which is so refreshing and has always made an impact on me.

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