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Nine Times Blue’s new record, Matter of Time is a tour de force of driving, melodic rock, each song simultaneously infused with the craftsmanship of the Brill Building era and the electric energy of seminal bands like Big Star, The Replacements, and The Smithereens. The moniker power pop (coined by Pete Townshend) can be applied to Nine Times Blue, but only according to its original definition: a genre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop and rock, and features strong melodies, clear vocals, and infectious guitar hooks. Pop history enthusiasts might recognize Nine Times Blue as the title of a song by Mike Nesmith (of The Monkees), a fitting homage by a band not afraid to tap into power pop’s venerable roots. Matter of Time follows Nine Time Blue’s critically acclaimed 2012 release, Falling Slowly.
“Modern, mature, rock/power pop...in cahoots with the Matthew Sweet, Fountains of Wayne/Crowded House/Gin Blossoms/Jellyfish school of Beatlesesque guitar groups”
-Jack Rabid, Big Takeover
“There is no denying that singer/songwriter/guitarist Kirk Waldrop knows how to write a melodic, infectious tune.” - Lilli Friedman, Relix Magazine
Nine Times Blue came together while recording Falling Slowly, and Matter of Time unveils a more seasoned band, one that’s had time to hone their sound as well as inspire each other to grow musically. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Waldrop says “knowing that Jeff, Greg, and Jason would be playing these songs and developing their own parts really improved how I approach my own writing.” Nine Times Blue features Jeff Nelson on bass, Greg King on lead guitar, and Jason Brewer on drums. Almost all of Matter of Time was recorded in King’s home studio, Radial By Design, where the band was able to focus on laying down the perfect parts without worrying about tallying studio hours.
Waldrop and the band have been hard at work over the past year, writing and arranging all the songs on the EP (collaborating on the title track with friend, Cliff Hillis). The record’s first single, “Only Lonely (The Shovel Song),” is a dark, but catchy down tempo love song, telling the tale of unrequited love gone just a bit too far. The hooky chorus, perfect for boisterous car ride sing-alongs, is complemented nicely by driving bass and dynamic guitar parts. “Matter of Time” showcases the craft of a mature songwriter, seamlessly blending introspective verses with a percussive, high energy chorus, followed by a screaming guitar solo worthy of any Dinosaur Jr. record.
Waldrop has been involved in the Georgia music scene since the 1990s, fronting Athens based group, The Features from 1994-1997, and releasing two singles on Democrat Records. In addition to his experience as a front man and songwriter, Waldrop has worked as a producer, notably on two Paul McCartney tribute compilations released on Oglio Records. The albums featured artists such as Robyn Hitchcock, Matthew Sweet, Semisonic, , The Finn Brothers, Barenaked Ladies, and They Might be Giants, and raised money for breast cancer research in honor of Linda McCartney. After initially working with these artists as a producer, Waldrop has since had the opportunity to collaborate with some of them live and in the studio, creating a strong network of talent and support that has stood the test of time.
Matter of Time will be Nine Times Blue’s second release on Renegade Recordings with national distribution through City Hall Records. Matter of Time’s record release show at landmark Atlanta rock venue, Smith’s Olde Bar, on February 21st is already sold out and the record’s first single, “Only Lonely (The Shovel Song)” is getting play on Radio 105.7 FM and Rock 100.5 FM. This marks an auspicious start for an album that seems to have its own legs and a band who’s struck just the right balance of raucous energy and steadfast dedication to go the distance.