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Nice article on Nine Miles South in Screamer Magazine, USA

The most recent feature on Nine Miles South, done by USA’s Screamer Magazine:

Some of the greatest bands of all time come out of the UK and while it seems like we are all getting hit with new music from every direction, there’s a new band on the scene who is surpassing the odds and quickly becoming the band to watch out for. Nine Miles South is dominating radio airwaves and their debut self titled EP is set to be released on September 7, 2015. (For those of you who are frequent Screamer Magazine readers, we have done a review on this album in our August issue.) Their EP is a mere teaser and will leave the listener wanting more. Their first single The Reckoning in which they also have a music video available has been receiving rave reviews from their fans in the UK and we can only hope that this enthusiasm spreads like wildfire to the US because these guys are exactly what the music industry needs right now with a concomitance of classic and modern rock, blues and country.

With the Guildford, UK-based band Nine Miles South being so new and their rapid oncoming success so far, it was our duty to delve into the history, the drive and inspiration behind the musical genius of members Seb Mikkelson (vocals and guitar), Jon Antony (guitar and backing vocals), Andy Sleigh (bass and backing vocals) and David Wilson (drums) so Screamer Magazine not only felt an obligation to music fans but to everyone to get the details and put the word out. We were lucky enough to catch lead vocalist Seb Mikkelson the morning of a show they had coming up in Belham, England at The Bedford which is an old theatre style venue. “We have known each other for a while” Mikkelson tell us. “All of the current members aren’t the original members, they were in other bands and I really like the NINEMILESSOUTH_220414_213 CROPlineup we have now. We have only been together for about a year and a half but we did know each other and were already friends. As other members left we just brought in new ones. We all had seen each other on the music circuit and we actually studied together at a contemporary music school just south of London called The Academy of Contemporary Music, basically they teach musicians how to play contemporary rock but the band formed and was not part of the school, it just happened we all met there.” Nine Miles South’s name was just words we came up with, it didn’t mean anything really. Just sounded good together” Mikkelson says. And to our curiosity, he is mostly a self-taught musician, only receiving a handful of guitar lessons. He founded the band which actually started as a jazz band interestingly enough. From there it took off and they began getting gigs and then within the last year and a half they switched to the sound they currently possess today and they have been touring and playing ever since. “There really wasn’t any extraordinary story about how the band met or came to be, we just did it.”

Being part of a band is always not easy and chances are at some point there is a difference of opinion personally or creatively and sometimes it is just simple respect for the music and project. A lot of times this can make or break a band and for Nine Miles South, it is better they worked it all out now before they become well-known. In the end, they will be a better band for it and they seem to have their act together in all aspects of the music business. “It was a situation that didn’t work when it came to the members we had before. They really didn’t know what the music business entailed. You have to actually make sacrifices to do it and you actually have to show up and be on time. A few of the guys nowadays don’t even touch music anymore. They work in restaurants or stores, which is fine of course, I am not saying anything against that, we all have to make a living but if you are playing music, you need to make the NINEMILESSOUTH_220414_177 CROPcommitment.” Mikkelson details. “In the first lineup, one of the members wouldn’t turn up to a showcase for a festival and this made us look unprofessional and he finally showed up hours after we were scheduled to play. In the area we live, we are lucky enough to meet a wide selection of musicians and industry people so it wasn’t hard to find replacements.” As Mikkelson continues to express his feelings about the rough start the band had, he tells us about the first guitar player who just simply lost his faith in the music. “It was really sad to me. It wasn’t that he was a bad person or a flake, he just lost his drive.” Unfortunately, this happens often and some incredibly talented people stop pursuing their passion for whatever reason. Sometimes it is as simple as just needing a break and sometimes it goes much deeper with depression or just plain old insanity. Frequently though musicians do come back to their passion and the guitarist Mikkelson spoke of has done just that but not with Nine Miles South.“ Now we have members who really want to do the music and want to devote their life to the music. Only the strong survive. I am motivated by the fact that every show we play, it all makes sense and when you play live shows you meet so many people. Even if it wasn’t our best performance, we look at it as a learning experience to grow from and I could not imagine doing anything else even though I do other things to make a living but it is funny how when people ask you what you do and you say you’re in a band. They sometimes think you are crazy or it’s not possible and then they see you play live and for me, even though I know it’s tough to stay in the music industry but we all just agreed that this is what we want to do and since we have been kids, it’s all we want to do.”

Mikkelson has always been the primary songwriter for Nine Miles South and if had could have, he would have loved to write collaborate with Randy Rhodes and says things have started to change recently. “Our lead guitarist, Jon has been expressing his interest in contributing to the songs on a songwriter’s level and he’s been bringing ideas such as the melody parts and lyrics and then we all sit down and agree on the arrangements. I write a majority of the lyrics and structure the songs though. In going back to their music style, their sound is just a coincidence. Between all four of us, it is just what we end up with and we all shine through, My writing is based on inspirations from acoustic blues or country songs and classic rock. Then Jon loves classic rock and our drummer is a metalhead, so that is where the combination comes from, just different styles that all come together.” Mikkelson admits that his favorite guitarist is Zakk Wylde and he is heavily influenced by his music as well as Eric Clapton, Ozzy Osbourne, Pink Floyd, Alison Krauss and even Dolly Parton. He enjoys the mixture of sounds and that they don’t want to be obligated to stay within one style. One song might sound more classic rock and one may sound a bit more country and you may even hear a little blues in their music and that is what we are going for because we love such a wide spectrum of music.”

The members of Nine Miles South are excited about the team they have. Mikkelson raves on about their manager, booking agent and press agent. “This is exactly the team we need and the people we would want. Some bands we have come across are rude and unappreciative of the people they work with and it’s bothersome to me. As far as ever being signed, we have no plans at this time, we really don’t need a label at this time because the people we are working with do all that a label would do and more.” He admits they wouldn’t be where they are without such a great team behind them and in the music industry, that is utterly important to be able to trust in the people on your side and know they have your best interest at heart.

In November, Nine Miles South is scheduled to play a show with Black Label Society which Mikkelson mentioned with an obvious excitement in his voice, and he would also love to play with would be Shinedown and Rival Sons in the future and this is definitely something we could see happening with the level of talent this band is already showing. Their hope is to have a lasting career in music and since this is the digital age and the income reliability is not generally on album sales, their love of playing live shows and doing as many as they can will bring them fans across the globe. “The music industry is ever-changing and we are just happy that people continue to listen to our music and we want to bring more people to our music. Even though we all work part-time jobs right now, our hope is we can do this full-time and for the rest of our lives.” Mikkelson works in a local pub, our guitarist is a session player along with weddings and parties which is not his cup of tea and our bassist is an engineer and builds steam trains. Mikkelson encourages mentioning the steam trains and jokes about how he is going to get a hard time for saying it and it will be worth the laugh.

Nine Miles South is a band that will soon be on everyone’s radar and as they continue to grow their fan base playing live shows and with their first EP, success is on the horizon for these guys. Expect prodigious things from them.

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FlashFires confirmed as sole support to Ash for their sold out Reading/Leeds warm up show

I’m delighted to announce that FlashFires have been confirmed to play the sole support to ASH in their sold out, Reading/Leeds Festival warm up show at the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth.

These young Basingstoke boys have been gigging hard over the last year, gaining a large fan following with their wonderful indie guitar sound and Alex Gonzato’s stunning vocals, and now with the might of X Ray Touring behind them they are starting to pick up some serious momentum. They also have some cracking shows lined up:

28th August, supporting ASH, Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (SOLD OUT)
12th September, BUTSERFEST (Don Broco, Funeral For A Friend, Hacktivist etc)
18th September, Jubilee Club, Barfly in Camden, London with Billy Bibby (ex Catfish & the Bottlemen)
3rd October, DIALS FESTIVAL, Portsmouth with Kagoule, Black Honey, Hooton Tennis Club
29th October, Railway, Winchester with the Sherlocks

FlashFires debut EP Play was released independently earlier this year, they are heading over to the US to record more tracks at the end of the year and have their next release due early next spring.

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Cracking new shows lined up for FLASHFIRES

Some cracking new shows are coming up from the fabulous indie guitar rockers FLASHFIRES!

Now with X Ray Touring throwing their weight behind the band for booking, things are getting really busy for this cracking young Basingstoke band. They’re heading out to J Street Studios in California to record new songs and demos with Tesla’s Brian Wheat in November & December so are gearing up to make a big impression before they head off!

21st August, The Vic, Swindon with NudyBronque
22nd August, Stanmore Festival, Winchester
24th August, Barfly in Camden, London with Shiners
4th September, The Forum, Tunbridge Wells with WAX
12th September, BUTSERFEST (Don Broco, Funeral For A Friend, Hacktivist etc)
18th September, Jubilee Club, Barfly in Camden, London with Billy Bibby (ex Catfish & the Bottlemen)
3rd October, DIALS FESTIVAL, Portsmouth with Kagoule, Black Honey, Hooton Tennis Club
29th October, Railway, Winchester with the Sherlocks

If you haven’t had the chance to check them out yet, they really are a must-see. Having already supported the likes of The Subways, The Rifles, Catfish & The Bottlemen & The Carnabys amongst others, along with their youth, energy and abundance of talent, this bunch of 19 year old Basingstoke boys are going to be making a huge impact on the music scene in the coming months!

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New shows added for NINE MILES SOUTH

Release Date: 7th September

I’m delighted to announce some new shows coming up for the fabulous NINE MILES SOUTH!

With two London shows in the next couple of weeks – The Bedford Rocks on the 21st Aug and their big EP pre-release party at the Jubilee Club at the Barfly in Camden, 4th Sept, the band have also been been added to a couple of fantastic bills.

Firstly they’ve been confirmed to play Hard Rock Hell in Wales on November 13th, with Black Label Society, UFO, Helloween, Pat Travers, Gun etc, and secondly, they’ve been confirmed as support to Skinny Molly, the band formed by ex Lynyrd Synyrd & Molly Hatchet members, at the North Devon Arena in Ilfracombe, November 18th.

With airplay from Planet Rock, Classic Rock Radio & many other stations and having received some stunning reviews of their debut EP, these shows are going to be another highlight in what’s been a terrific year for NINE MILES SOUTH.

Upcoming shows:
21 August – The Bedford Rocks, The Bedford, Balham, London supporting Sons Of Icarus) @ 9.30pm
4th September – EP Pre-Release Party @ Jubilee Club – London, Barfly (on stage 11pm)
13th November – Hard Rock Hell, Wales with Black Label Society, UFO, Helloween, Saxon etc
18th November – North Devon Arena, Ifracombe supporting Skinny Molly (Ex Lynyrd Skynyrd/Molly Hatchet)
More shows tbc.

With their stunning blend of Country, Hard Rock and Blues, these guys have come up with a distinct crossover sound, a swirl of guitars and melodies that in parts flirts with heavy rock but at others has a wonderful country & blues twist giving the songs huge appeal and raising them to a whole new level.

“giants in the making…”
Toxic Online

“…its Southern swagger and classic rock stylings delivering a warmer feeling inside than a vat of moonshine”

” a big, beefy blend of hard rock, blues and a little bit of country…fronted by Seb Mikkelsen they recently released their official music video for ‘The Reckoning’, a gritty slice of vibrant blues rock with a thundering finish….. based on the quality of the songs this is a band who deserve to get some serious attention”

Born and raised in Denmark, Nine Miles South frontman Seb Mikkelsen formed this exciting new band when he moved to the UK. Based in Guildford, their live show is already turning heads following some impressive festivals & gigs with the likes of Kobra And The Lotus and they’re now starting to see a groundswell of followers. The views on their video for The Reckoning are now rising fast and you can check it out here:

These guys have a HUGE future ahead of them and it’s going to be one hell of an enjoyable ride. Play loud!

Track listing:
1. The Reckoning, 3:58
2. Leave Me Be, 4:00
3. Fingernails, 4:22

Nine Miles South are: Seb Mikkelsen – vocals, guitars, Jon Antony- guitar, backing vocals, Andy Sleigh – bass, backing vocals, David Wilson – drums

EP produced by Samuel Burden
Band pics by Tom Barnes
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