Credit: Chris Gann
9 Left Dead’s
hard hitting crisp and melodic sound reaffirms the notion that being
heavy with a hook, is indeed, alive and well. The band is set to
release their debut single, “Put Your Guns Down,” to
active rock radio on July 12th and the full album entitled THE
WRONG THINGS is scheduled for release on September 27, 2011
through Dirtbag/ILG/Warner Music Group.
9 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 9 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, 9 Left
Dead won the “2010 Band Beatdown” sponsored by Oklahoma
City rock radio station KATT (Rock 100.5FM) and Rock U Live. 9 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, 9 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, 9 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, 9 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 9 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.
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