Hemingway: behind his beard is another pen.

So. Bands break up. It sucks, but that’s the way of things. For most of them, the reason is pure and simple; on some level, they suck. Whether it’s only a little, or harder than a $20 hooker, it doesn’t matter; the world doesn’t lose a whole bunch. The members go on with their lives, and probably go on to make a greater impact in other areas of society. Like being the poor sod who has to clear up dog poop in the park.

Then there are bands that are forced into submission for other reasons: money, conflict – both personal and artistic – or sometimes the fanbase only comes after they’re long gone. This is a chronicle of those bands. Most you will not have heard of, for the very reason that they’re not even around to promote themselves any more. But trust me, they are bands that you really really should listen to.

This time around, like a cat’s lives: The Lucky Nine

A fairly quick one for you this week I’m afraid. Still a fucking good band though.

The Lucky Nine were a supergroup of sorts – by virtue of their past endeavours or future triumphs, I can’t quite remember. The most famous member (in the UK at least) is probably guitarist Daniel P. Carter, who used to be in A and Bloodhound Gang, and currently presents the Radio 1 Rock Show and fronts the band Hexes. Vocalist Colin Doran was in Hundred Reasons, and drummer Richie Mills was in Earthtone9, Cable and Sunna.

01. Hibernate
02. Jornada
03. We, The Possessed
04. Three Killers
05. The Programmed

As is customary with a lot of these bands, it’s a fantastic EP that marks them above the rest of the dead-and-gone. Although they also had an album (True Crown Foundation Songs), this collection of five songs is just beautiful, honest post-hardcore. From the energetic opener Hibernate to the scattery electronic The Programmed, and the truly epic and emotional Jornada, The Lucky Nine displayed here a tuneful clutch of pure class.

Their Myspace lists influences and contemporaries as Deftones, Fugazi, Tool and Refused, and they aren’t far off with that comparison. They have the groove of the first, the passion of the second, the intelligence of the third and the fury of the fourth. See what I mean below.

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The funny thing is that I don’t think there was ever any official announcement that The Lucky Nine were no more. I think it was just a given; no-one has heard from their camp, everyone is doing something else, and no music has been put out for about five years – not at least since I first heard them.

Still, definitely worth checking out if you ask me, and hey, if they do ever put out the rumoured second album, maybe your emotional investment will not have been in vain!

– CG

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