November 5, 2011
9 Left Dead
NINE LEFT DEAD (9 LEFT DEAD)
Nine Left Dead’s (9 Left Dead), hard hitting crisp and melodic sound reaffirms the notion that being heavy with a hook, is indeed, alive and well. The band released its debut single “Put Your Guns Down,” to active rock on July 12th and the full album entitled “The Wrong Things” was released on September 27th, 2011 through Dirtbag/ILG/Warner Music Group.
Nine Left Dead originally formed in Amber, Oklahoma in 1999 when guitarist, now lead vocalist, Travis Jones, started the band under the name Harmful if Swallowed. Travis explains, “In the beginning I never really focused too much on choosing music as a career, at that time it was a coping mechanism to deal with life and discovering myself that turned into an addiction. You always want to do something to change peoples’ lives …to help them, it just turned out that while using my music to deal with my own circumstances, the music also helped other people – that’s an addiction you can’t deny.”
In 2008, while both worked as prison guards at a maximum-security penitentiary, Travis met Jared Ellis. Ellis joined on as the band’s bass player and soon after the band changed their name to Nine Left Dead. “The name change was for the best,” states Travis, “It gave us what felt like a fresh start and a new beginning.” In July 2010, lead guitarist Kreg Anthony and rhythm guitarist Nathan Parrish joined NLD and which was soon followed by the addition of drummer Bryan Whitley completing the band’s official lineup.
Wasting no time in showcasing the band’s seasoned live show, led by Travis’ powerful vocals and the band’s musical prowess, in April 2010, Nine Left Dead won the “2010 Band Beatdown” sponsored by Oklahoma City rock radio station KATT (Rock 100.5FM) and Rock U Live. Nine Left Dead beat out over 100 bands competing in the 2010 competition and as part of their grand prize package the band received an invitation to be one of the first bands to record at Bar Code Studios with multi-platinum and BMI award winning songwriter Cody Hanson (Hinder).
On May 4, 2010, the band locally released the single “Put Your Guns Down” co-written and produced by Hanson and Marshal Dutton. The track quickly picked up local radio support and immediately drew major label attention. Within a month of winning the 2010 Band Beatdown, Nine Left Dead had been signed to C-Squared Management and had signed their first major recording contract with Dirtbag/ILG/Warner Music Group.
With producers Hanson and Dutton at the helm, Nine Left Dead has perfected the merging of their up-tempo, aggressive and pounding sound with melodic vocal hooks and identifiable lyrics that appeal to a broad audience. With an unbreakable chemistry, Nine Left Dead brings an action packed show every night leaving it all out there on the stage for the fans. “That’s what this is all about,” states Jones, “we’re here to kick some serious ass for the people that come out to a Nine Left Dead show!”
The band has had the opportunity to share the stage with such bands as Hinder, My Darkest Days, Adelitas Way, Egypt Central, Halestorm, Three Days Grace, Seether, Papa Roach, Eve To Adam, Ghosts of August, Cavo, Drowning Pool, Switchfoot, Puddle Of Mudd, and Hell Yeah.