Back in 2005 Alfa 9 signed to Blow Up Records, and the same month recorded at The Charlatans' (who they shared management with - Steve Harrison) Big Mushroom studio in Cheshire with Liverpool producer Mike Cave (The Coral, Ian McNabb). Mostly recorded in under two weeks, with additional production in Liverpool at Mike's studio. The completed album was mastered in Devon at Super Audio Mastering by Simon Heyworth (Tubular Bells) at the end result being the psych rock masterpiece Then We Begin.
A limited 7" single For Your Bones B/W Little Girl was released towards the end of 2005 and ahead of the album in July 2006 the single Deadman (7" & CD Single) just released prior to the album's release in August 2006.
The band spent their time honing their skills on the live circuit around the release. Their relentless gigging and dedication paid off, wowing the local scene with their epic psychedelic live shows and on a national level with supports slots for The Coral, Sunshine Underground, The Charlatans, Edgar Jones and Ian McNabb.
THE AMBER HERD
The Amber Herd are a five piece post punk/ alt rock band from Nottingham.
The band have self released two singles and one E.P. to date and have spent 2011/12 playing some very prestigious festival gigs at Bearded Theory, High Voltage, Glastonwick and Headstock as well as headline shows in London and Nottingham and Leicester. During this time the band have also played with the likes of Delays, Sound of Guns, CUD, Ultrasound, Milagres and That Petrol Emotion at Nottingham venues such as The Rescue Rooms and the Bodega, along with a few headline shows at The Good Ship in London.
Local media has said that The Amber Herd are “a cracking band...one to be watching", “Nottingham's best kept secret?" and "Mind blowing!" Over the last year they have received airplay and played live sessions on BBC Radio Nottingham (the Beat with Dean Jackson, and John Holmes’ show) University of Nottingham Radio, Fly FM and Sherwood Radio. “Thursday” has just achieved the Number One position in Sherwood Radio’s Festive Thirty for 2010. The band have also been featured in The Nottingham Evening Post, Derbyshire times, Nottingham Live and Live@ magazines and appeared on podcasts for Leftlion and Soundshire as well as many online radio shows.
Meaty riffs, beefy beats and a vegetarian rhythm section?! A modern vibe with Stoner Rock, Blues and Experimental influences. Big tones, catchy melodies and well worth seeing live.
THE GOLDEN TROUBADOURS
The Golden Troubadours are a dreamlike acoustic band from Nottingham who write unique soulful songs with shades of flamenco, folk, soul and blues performed with passion and feeling, which leave the heart-strings lovingly played.
Doors : 8pm
Tickets : £5 in advance from www.themazerocks.com or from The Maze bar.