THEE NINE - Nitty Magik

Thee Nine - Nitty Magik

10 songs
42:13 minutes
***** ***
Red Can


Thee Nine are a rather unlikely band, considering that their guitarist and vocalist has his roots in dum’n’bass, the drummer used to be a tour member of German hip hop pioneers Massive Töne, and the bassist is sometimes a country and blues band all by himself. You would expect probably many different things from these three guys getting together, but hardly distorted noise rock as it was somewhat popular in the Nineties.

Nitty Magik, the debut album of this German three-piece, was recorded in only three days, and that fast working procedure certainly helps to explain the coarse approach. If Henry Rollins had been the vocalist for Steel Pole Bath Tub fifteen years ago, they might have sounded the same. On Compost, they even liberally borrowed the chord sequence of Kool Thing, a major alternative rock hit by Sonic Youth, a band that has strongly influenced Thee Nine.

Thee Nine are not innovators, but considering how they seem to have their musical roots outside the typical rock movements, Nitty Magik ends up being a charming album of three musicians who are never afraid of cranking their instruments to the top, creating a unbridled noise rock album that is as much post punk as it is grunge, wave, alternative rock,… Although lacking truly elevating moments, you won’t find let-downs either, putting Thee Nine in a situation where they stand now, ten to fifteen years after the zenith of the noise rock genre, quite by themselves, entertaining best those people who are too old nowadays to get excited by current trends (like emo or metalcore) and who are delighted to discover that there are still bands around who play this kind of music we were all so much into back in the good old days. Nitty Magik is released as a vinyl record (including a CD for those who don’t own a record player anymore), and can also be purchased as MP3 files.

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