After over a decade of touring and a handful of EPs, Aussie six-piece The Ninth Chapter have just dropped their self-titled debut. The funk-heavy release expertly blends jazz and blues influences with thumping bass lines and a rich horn section.
The band dropped the aptly named What’s Going To Happen Next as their first single late last year. After releasing their second single My Own Time a few weeks ago, the tone for the album was expertly set.
Expertly blending jazz, blues, and funk with modern musical styles, The Ninth Chapter release their debut self titled album with much anticipation from fans.
You can’t help but move to the blend of bass, horns and percussion – and it just gets better as you keep listening. Fifth track Other People’s Eyes is a well-received, more subtle breakdown in the middle of an otherwise very meaty album.
What’s Going To Happen Next is polished funk and blues perfection, vocalist Jaz Munro adding just the right amount of grit to the otherwise single clean groove.
The Ninth Chapter was recorded by Geoff Wright at Lucky Boy Analogue Studios in Byron Bay, and you can almost smell the happy-go-lucky Byron Bay attitude emanating from each musical phrase. It’s an album that makes you want to find a spot in the sun, drink wine from the bottle, and dance until your feet give out.
The Ninth Chapter is out now. Catch the band live on any of the following dates:
Sat 2 March – Retro Bar, Brisbane
Sun 3 March – Hotel Brunswick, Brunswick Heads