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After a three-year hiatus, Nine Miles West, originally a 5-piece rock 'n blue outfit, regrouped in late 2011 as an acoustic duo. Original members Jean Iversen (lead vocals) and Gino Sigismondi (guitars), who have collectively played in over a dozen bands, from Shelivade to Hack to One-Eyed Jacks, may have pared down the arrangements, but manage to deliver each song with more intensity than ever.
While the original band drew mostly from Iversen's influences, the new, stripped-down Nine Miles West is a blend of the duo's background, which spans from grunge to Americana to hard rock and punk. The result is a fresh, dynamic sound that marries Iversen's gritty vocals with Sigismondi's earthy acoustic chops.
Nine Miles West does a blend of originals and covers. Never predictable, the band may do a soulful version of Mindi Smith's "Come to Jesus" then rip into an old Soundgarden song. Or jump from Adele's rousing "Rolling in the Deep" to the Beatles' intimate "Blackbird."
The duo started writing together recently, producing such cuts as the tortured "World Gone Mad" and the surprisingly plaintive "Fly." A reworking of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" has also crept into their set. Expect more surprises in the future from this powerful duo.