When Ted Petter, Pete Brock and Sydd Spud join forces they are no more individuals but high-powered power-full musical geniuses under the moniker 9 o’clock Nasty.
Starting off as a garage rock band the band has gradually gravitated to experimenting more and trying new things. Dub, dance, electronica. It is probably fair to say they are a fusion of styles and ideas. Although the sounds from 9 o’clock Nasty is a little different ow, the core of the band hasn’t been affected.
Sleepy Policeman is the title of the new coming from the band of 9 o’clock Nasty. A dark fusion of dub and punk elite law enforcement officers trained to devote their lives to protect the wealthy, morally bankrupt trash that they abhor completely There are some scumbags around, and the wealthy ones are well protected.
In a recent interview with Mister Styx of Musicarnagh, 9 o’clock Nasty made lots of disclosures, they touched on what has kept them together as a group and what really inspires them during their creative process.
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What is your stage name
We are 9 o’clock Nasty. Ted Petter, Pete Brock and Sydd Spud.
Is there a story behind your stage name?
Our stage names are our father’s names and the name of our favourite vegetable. Or fruit in Ted’s case but he doesn’t understand the difference between fruit and vegetables because he doesn’t eat either. He only eats wood and petrochemicals.
Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere. Overheard conversations, meeting people and talking, listening to music all day, every day. Probably the best answer is we find inspiration with each other. We have the happy ability to take an idea from the other and add something and for that process to build up rapidly into something that works for us as a band.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
Pete was a child musician. He was in a band that worked at clubs. Music was always an escape and a source of identity, and then a job. Music has been at the heart of our friendship for as long as we can remember.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
We aren’t. Pete was in a band that had an international record deal for several years and lived that life and survived. He knows enough about it to know how hard it is on your soul. We are independent in a very real sense. We are not workers in an industry. We make things and we throw them out into the world.
How could you describe your music?
In the beginning we wanted to be a garage rock band. We wanted to write two minute firecrackers of a song. A song with not a wasted second. A song with a hook. With our second LP we went back to that and wrote a number of songs that pretty well capture that sense of wanting to make something very sharp. Very purposeful. Now we’re experimenting more and trying new things. Dub, dance, electronica. It is probably fair to say we’re a fusion of styles and ideas. At our heart though we’re still a punk band, but an evolved one.
Describe your creative process.
War. Our ideas fight and the strong ones survive.
What musician do you admire most and why?
Too many to list. It depends on the day and the mood. There are so, so many artists that create wonderful music. What the ones we most admire have in common is a lack of compromise. They have a vision for what they want to do, and they relentlessly pursue it.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
We always say that every song knows what it wants to sound like and we go with that. There is some truth in it, and every song has its own style. But we have gradually built up a toolkit of ways to approach songs.
The way we layer guitars for example has drastically changed, to the point now where they sound very rich and full, when a year ago they were very sharp end simple. We’re probably a lot more recognisable now, musically. If a song doesn’t have a big, memorable chorus you can bang the table and sing along to, it probably isn’t one of ours!
What are your interests outside of music?
Love. Food. Nothing else. Music is almost everything.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
Music is not a career, it is an obsession. If you don’t fall asleep thinking about a song, if you don’t wake up wanting to work on one, you aren’t trying hard enough.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
The colour of Pete Brock’s underpants
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
We’d make Spotify pay artists enough to make releasing music viable. At the moment you can only make money as an independent band by playing live and selling merchandise.
The amount Spotify pay is ridiculous. We pick on them particularly because they can afford to pay people like Joe Rogan millions of dollars because they don’t invest in helping the talent they build their business on.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
Yes. One of our most successful releases to-date has been a collaboration with another New Indie artist which we loved. As well as bringing us new audience we also learned a huge amount from it. We are very excited about a potential second release with them, soon.