Nine was formed around 1984, and is
an excellent case in point of why the author is always saying a band formed
'around' such a time. It has almost always been his experience that
the beginnings of a band are usually really amorphous. There is little
commitment between members at first, it usually takes a while to come up
with a few sets and there's often no name. Is it a band? Will
it become a band? Will that band survive long enough to play out
or even, miracle of miracles, record? Often times not. But
Nine did survive, although they did wind up firing Matt's ex-wife and hiring
another drummer. The other stringed half of this power trio was the
notorious Montaigneous Funk. She might have taken a lesson or two
on bass from Matt in the early days, but she certainly has her own voice
on that fretless Fender. And hiring Dave made that band. He's
a great, solid Rock and Blues drummer, and between them they filled out
nicely for whatever the Hagstrom lacked. Although some of Matt's
songs were almost wothwhile. It was while playing with Nine at The
Cellar that the author smashed that guitar, actually. History, history...
Dave, drums: Awesome drummer, Expect him
to be working professionally somewhere if he wants to be.
Montaigneous Funk, bass: Likewise.
Matt Mairs, guitar and vocals: Yada yada yada.
Read the songs.