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Nine Below Zero: The Spice Of Life - Soho 03/11/09

NINE BELOW ZERO: THE SPICE OF LIFE - SOHO 03/11/09
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The Spice Of Life Soho was packed to the rafters as the boys took to the stage and faithfully delivered renditions of their rather splendid new album "It's Never Too Late" Once the free fish and chips had been digested (nice one chaps) it was down to business despatching their new material with much vim and vigour!

For three decades The ninesters have plied their trade, I remember fondly pogoing to them when I was a spotty oik going mental on 11 plus 11 at the Woolich Tramshed(RIP). Their energy and tightness left an indelible mark on me and my attitude towards playing. It was great to see them still firing on all cylinders to blinding effect. Guitar, bass and drums you can't beat it laddie!

Dennis Greaves sounded sweet on his 335 and 62 strat. He's a very tasteful guitarist who doesn't flam it out with unnecessary noodling, just precise playing and effortlessly too. He's a much underestimated gunslinger, a great team player that's why the band really knit well together, something that 18 years helps to develop, I suppose!!

The fans seemed to know the new album already and were happily singing along as well as the family members who were enjoying the occasion. Dennis was in an ebullient mood and banged out the material dedicating it to various people,even one to Charles Shaar Murray, the noted NME journalist who championed the band way back. A crisp version of 'Stormy Monday' was sent his way, Charles looked pleased as punch (,I used to hang on every word he said- a great writer indeed)

The absolute stand-out track for me is "I'm So Alone" this is classic british rock at it's best. The crowd seemed to love it too. Next year sees the release of their seminal live at the Marquee album re-released and I'm looking forward to some nostalgia and reviewing that one. Check out this cult band - they really are one of our grittiest national treasures.
Words Emrys Baird

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