Oklahoma-based rock band 9 Left Dead’s debut album, The Wrong Things, is now in stores (through Dirtbag, Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group). The band consists of Travis Jones (vocals), Jared Ellis (bass), Kreg Anthony (lead guitar), Nathan Parrish (rhythm guitar) and Bryan Whitley (drums).
The band got their start in 1999 in Amber, Oklahoma. Vocalist Travis Jones put the band together, and at the time, the band was called Harmful if Swallowed. In 2008, shortly after meeting bassist Jared Ellis, the band changed their name to Nine Left Dead. In 2010, lead guitarist Kreg Anthony and rhythm guitarist Nathan Parish joined the band. Finally, drummer Bryan Whitley joined, completing the five-piece band.
In April 2010, the band won the Rock U Live Kattfest Band Beatdown in Oklahoma City. This was sponsored by Oklahoma’s City’s rock station KATT. Shortly after winning the contest, the band released their first single independently. Influences of bands such as Hinder and Nickelback can be heard throughout the album. Hinder drummer Cody Hanson was one of the producers and it was recoded at his studio.
Their first single, “Put Your Guns Down”, has been receiving great reviews from fans, as the song has been playing on radio stations nationwide. The idea for the song stems from an incident at an Oklahoma prison, where singer Travis Jones and bassist Jared Ellis first met and worked together as guards. As singer Travis Jones recently told AOL/Noisecreep.com, “One day we had an inmate come in thinking he was a little more hardcore than he actually ended up being. I was having a bad night, and to add to it, this inmate kept running his mouth. One thing lead to another and he ended up taking a swing at me. So I moved in on him, picked him up, and slammed him into the ground taking control of the situation. Later on that night I was going back over what had just happened in my head and the line ‘careful what you wish for’ kept sticking in my head, because he wanted to fight, but I know he didn’t see it playing out the way it actually did. And it made me think about those guys that think they are unstoppable until someone actually puts them in their place. That’s where the idea for “Put Your Guns Down” came from.”
The Wrong Things consists of ten tracks of hard rock with melodic vocals. If you are a fan of straight-ahead rock, you will like this album. Stand out songs are the first single, “Put Your Guns Down”, “Nothing Left to Lose”, and “Like The Movies.” Track nine, “In Their Lies”, will surely be a fan favorite as it shows the talent of the band as a whole with tight songwriting, strong vocals, heavy drums and great guitar riffs.
9 Left Dead is starting to make their way across the U.S. with more tour dates to be announced in the coming weeks. The band’s debut album is promising, and this is definitely a band to watch for in the coming months.
Track List from The Wrong Things:
- Put Your Guns Down
- Bad Girl
- Freak in Me
- Nothing Left to Lose
- The Wrong Things
- Don’t Let the Door Hit Ya
- Like The Movies
- People Are Strange
- In Their Lies
- The Tracks
For more information about 9 Left Dead: www.9leftdead.com
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