For a band that’s been together for less than a year, Northeast Florida rock n’ roll quartet 9E has already made a substantial bit of noise, bringing its raucous live show to venues across the region and perking the ears of riff-heavy rock enthusiasts with its own moody, atmospheric take on the classic bass-drums-guitar lineup. Blending an apt rhythm section—compliments of Brent Knoechel and Don Nicol (formerly of popular local act Strange Friend)—with the synergy of the decades-long musical partnership between Darkhorse Saloon guitarist Jason Hoey and Beach’s Renaissance man Tony Prat (a relationship that spans something like a half dozen groups, including the ahead-of-its-time duo Cobain’s Brains), 9E is a relative North Florida supergroup, if there ever was one.
The band recently dropped a music video for its first single “Get Out” and will open for Wayne Kramer’s recently retooled proto-punk/HC band MC5 at the St. Augustine Amphitheater’s Backyard Stage on Thursday, Sept. 6 (TICKETS). In the video below that synergy between Prat’s ambient growl, Hoey’s technical-yet-unhinged, reverb-drenched licks, and that tight rhythm section manifests in the form of a mercurial montage of abstract black and white imagery. Give it a watch and check out 9E on the Backyard Stage this Thursday.
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