The Lucky Nine
Interview on location at the shoot for their first ever video.
Take the bassist/guitarist from the band A, the singer
from Hundred Reasons, add the nicest bass player you'll ever meet, a
kick-ass lead guitarist and an extremely talented and huge drummer and
you have what can modestly be called a real SUPER-GROUP. Introducing
The Lucky Nine; the band who've given me a serious addiction...
The Lucky Nine EP is being released in March and
they've chosen the song "Hibernate" as the focus for the first
video they will ever shoot as a band. The band selected Adam Mason from
Brand Mason Ltd to direct the video. I arrive at a bungalow that could
have been frozen in time since the 70s (and was currently being frozen
by the bitter January temperatures) Within it a half-naked woman covered
in decomposing veins and disgusting boils, walls covered in blood/tomato
ketchup and the director's wife taking part. Of course somewhere there
must be the band. Ushered into the coldest room of the house, I meet
Daniel P. Carter, A member, and Colin Doran, of Hundred Reasons. But
we are here to talk about this band and the song that is so good, I
later become almost addicted to hearing it.
How do you think the shoot is going so far?
Colin: Really good.
Dan: Yeh, really painless. We've been flying through it. The thing that
I've found in the past is there's generally a lot of hurrying up and
waiting around when you're shooting a video. But it's really great here
today. We're ploughing through it and it's going really well.
What do you think of Adam's ideas for the video?
Dan: Yeh, totally cool.
Colin: We saw a show reel the other day at Dan's house and it was really
cool. I did a video with him before Christmas and that's turned out
really well. So we have every faith in him. He has really good ideas.
So this is the first video you've done as a band - that's really
Colin: Yeh! Yeh, it is actually! Jay (Jay Rowe, bass) has never done
a video before but he's handling it really, really well. He was doing
some stuff earlier and it was really cool.
Dan: He's handling it like a consummate pro.
How did the band actually form?
Dan: It started out that I was writing a bunch of songs while A were
writing their last album (Hi-fi Serious) and we were sharing a studio
in London with Hundred Reasons who were doing their first album (Ideas
Above Our Station) In the time that neither band were in there, I'd
be in there playing stuff that I was writing but wasn't suitable for
what we were doing in A. Richie (Mills, huge man and a drummer) has
played with A a bunch of times and we've been friends for years. He's
an incredible drummer. The idea came about that we'd get a bunch of
people from a bunch of different bands that I know to sing on it. I
spoke to Ian from Lost Prophets, Liam who's in a band called This Girl
and I sent some stuff out to Daryl who's in a band called Glassjaw and
Colin. Each person was going to do one song. Colin came down and he
did stuff for three songs. He was just running through it going "how's
this?" at the end of a song and we were just like "Mate. That's
how it's meant to be." Colin said he'd be up for singing on the
rest of it and I was like "Yup!" straight away! We got Jay
and Ben (Doyle, lead guitar) and we did the tour with Hell is For Heroes.
By that point it'd taken on a shape of it's own. So we decided we'd
go and re-record the whole album again! Which we did and it was infinitely
better for it.
Where did the name come from?
Colin: (Laughs with Dan) Yeh, where did the name come from Dan?!
Dan: Er, I have a thing about threes and nines. Hence all my triangular
tattoos and stuff. Just silly things and what it represents. FFeel free
to peruse several volumes on such things (points out a book of symbols
and meanings resting on a box in the room) It's always been a significant
thing in all cultures; it represents ends of cycles and beginnings of
new cycles. That's kind of what is was, or was how it felt to me. I've
had lots of weird coincidences with numerological things.
Kerrang! describes you're music as "emotionally intense and written
by modern renaissance men". How would you describe your music?
Colin: I don't think we sound like anybody else around at the moment.
That's what I really like. We have something new to offer, which is
what you should do, I think, if you're guna embark on a project such
as this.What we're doing isn't groundbreaking but it's fucking great
Dan: If it moves us whilst we're doing it then that's enough really.
At the end of the day, you can't consciously make you're music for other
people. It's a cathartic process making music. This for us is like starting
afresh. Because of what we do with our other bands, there are very set
patterns you follow. You work in a specific way. This is an opportunity
for all of us to do things that aren't in those parameters.
How have you gone about the song writing process?
Colin: Dan pretty much wrote all the music for the first record (laughs)
we've got most of the second record written already pretty much actually
musically. I just came up with vocal ideas really. It manifested itself
like that really. Dan's very good at writing riffs that are good for
vocals. (Dan at this point touches Colin on his leg in a very sentimental
manner!) We can then make the single a bit more challenging without
worrying too much about the notes, so to speak! It wasn't even intentional
really. He just wrote that, I just wrote my shit and it kind of went
You're releasing an EP in March...
Colin: March 7th I believe.
I will mark it down in my diary! You've got five songs on there.
Dan: Yeh, yeh, it's one track off the album, three new songs and kind
of a remix but not so much. It's kind of it's own thing.
So, is the album coming out later?
Dan: Yeh, we're still sorting out who's guna put it out.
Colin: It'll be kind of cool to put the EP out so it does a bit of the
groundwork. Then just get the album out later in the year really.
Why did you decide to choose Hibernate as the song to shoot a video
Colin: For me personally, I have faith in all the songs, but we wanted
something that was going to be representative of how we sound rather
than one that's too soft or one that's too heavy because there's quite
a mixture on there really isn't there? (looks to Dan)
Dan: Yeh. It's one of the more aggressive tunes, initially anyway. So
it's a statement on intent really.
So how have you found the reaction from audiences, at the gigs (latest,
Jan 15 at Brixton Academy) and from the radio performances (sessions
have been recorded at Maida Vale for Radio 1)?
Colin: The reactions at gigs are what I call "An away win"
because it's not your crowd but people are into it and that's all we
can really wish for. All those people are there to see another band
that is headlining. If you can turn a few heads while doing it then
it's all worthwhile.
Dan: Everybody seems to have an expectation before you've even played
a note because Colin is stood at front with the mic and everyone's like
"OK, well I know what he does normally" and we just get on
and do our thing which is different. It's the same for me. People know
me from playing in A and this is totally different. It's good, everybody
seems to be really into it which is kind of cool.
The Lucky Nine has been dubbed "A Project" of A's Daniel
and Hundred Reasons' Colin. Do you think this is a project or would
you say it's more than that?
Colin: It's a full band, definitely.
Dan: I think in it's initial stages it would have been fair to say that
but there's five people now and everybody's got their own input and
we've got in site where we want to go with it. The only people who are
still saying it's a project are those who aren't fully aware. But this
very much has got it's own thing going on. It holds its own very well.
I'm getting excited!
Dan: well I like it!
Colin: I love it!
So what are you're plans for the next few months?
Dan: We're guna put the EP out and see what happens. There are a couple
of things lined up. We're doing a show next month in Town, which is
kind of like a showcase show I suppose, so we'll see what comes of that.
We'll be doing a one-day mini festival thing with Funeral For a Friend,
Finch and Brand New on May 2nd I think.
Colin: Yeh, where is that anyway?!
Dan: It's at Ally Pally (Alexandra Palace)
Colin: Oh right, wicked!
Where would you like The Lucky Nine to be by the end of 2005?
Colin: I'd like to have an album out, be doing pretty well and probably
be on the road somewhere really. Bands move in cycles anyway, you know,
you do a record, put it out, tour it, come home, do another album, put
it out, tour it. It's what you do in a band. So if along the way I manage
to get a guitar-shaped swimming pool filled with Jack Daniels then I'm
well and good! (Laughter)
Dan: I just want to get a chance to put it out and see how it goes,
see how people react to it.
What do you listen to whilst hoovering?
Dan: You can't really hear a lot whilst hoovering can you? It depends
on whether I'm going for the mellow hoover...
Colin: Whether you've got the Dustbuster out or the Dyson! (Laughter)
Dan: It's gotta be loud whatever it s because otherwise you're not guna
hear it! I listen to Tool, constantly. Vigazi, Deftones, Biffy Clyro.
Colin: The new Helmut record's really good. I'm listening to Ghostvibe
quite a lot at the moment.
Chips or cream buns?
Colin: Chips, for me.
Dan: Chips FOLLOWED by cream buns, if we're guna be honest.
Colin: I don't have the sweetest tooth in the world.
Dan: Oh, I do.
Colin: I only really eat cheesecake! That's my sweet problem.
Maybe at the end of a long day shooting a video you might want to have
Dan: A portion of chips with an eclair on the top.
Colin: No, a chip-FILLED eclair!
Dan: Yeah, a nice chou bun stuffed with some chips and gherkins.
So, there you have it! Dan's got a sweet tooth and strange cravings,
Colin wants a JD-filled guitar-shaped swimming pool and the band is
definitely much more than a "project". All the guys are very
talented and seeing them have epileptic fits along to their music for
the camera was a treat. The video looks awesome and I'm genuinely excited
about their EP. Listen out for their music and you will be excited too.
And if you see the video, there's a half naked girl in there to get
you boys even more excited...good music and topless women?! What else
could a man ask for!
The Lucky Nine EP is out in March.
Check out www.theluckynine.com
for downloads, news and pictures.
Many thanks to Adam Mason, director and all-round great guy and to
Owen Packard for being the coolest press officer and Osamar Bin Laden
look-a-like (Richie Mills quote) I've ever met.