9Bach have been making some of the most interesting and beautiful music that has come out of Wales in recent years. The band released their debut album last year and after a fairly quiet year in 2009 the band are set for live dates and recording in 2010.
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Where does the name 9Bach come from?
We also like the way it looks, there's something pleasing on the eye about the 9 next to a capital B.
The songs really. Lisa has a passion for these beautiful old Welsh folk songs, and a determination that they don't get forgotten, a lot of people play them in a very traditional folky way, which isn't really of any interest to many younger people, and in fact possibly puts them off the songs. We just try and make them a bit more interesting, and exciting, and not fall back on the standard and accepted way that most people do.
Well that's difficult, we don't really try to copy anyone, and the music we listen to and love covers everything, again we think the melodies to the songs leads the way, they need space, so therefore the music is quite sparse.
You can't really beat a stunning, beautiful melody, with a really solid bass and drum groove.
It's been interesting seeing different critics describe our music, and although they've been pretty different, you couldn't say they were far wrong. It's difficult to put in to words, it just sounds corny, it's all there in the music, we'll leave it to the critics.
Never heard of Planxty, Portishead are great. There's no master plan for what happens next, just keep it interesting, maybe bring in few more different instruments. The last couple of songs we did for the album, took us in another direction, so we think there's a bit more mileage left in the folk songs, we'll stop doing them once we start repeating ourselves, or it seems we have a "formula". We've also been working on our own material, so who knows how that will turn out.
We go down really well with non Welsh Speaking audiences, something else drags them in, it's almost because they're not listening to the lyrics, they’re listening more intently and intensely to the songs. A common comment is that although they couldn't understand the songs, they were extremely moved by them, and felt the emotions in them, and by how they're delivered
How have you found the Welsh music scene varies between north, mid and south Wales?
We're based in the North, and up here there seems to be something for everyone, loads of scene's and scene's within scenes, and also a real throw it in the pot and see what happens kind of attitude, which is interesting.
That was great.
Krissy Jenkins who we produced our album with in Cardiff did such a great job, but if he wasn't available, then we'd give Lee Sctratch Perry, or Andrew Wetherall a call, thinking about it they could do a co-production they would be interesting, although they'd have to split the fee.
We'd love Shaun Ryder to do a duet with Lisa on one of our songs, with Dave Navarro on lead guitar.
We're doing some gigs in March in Wales and England, and hope to do a few festivals in the summer, and we'll also be recording the new album, and possibly an ep, or singles, if they still exist by then.
9Bach will be playing Hendre Hall in Bangor 6th march