Discover New Music is a music discovery service that gives you personalised recommendations based on the music you play.

Start your profile Close window

Alfa 9


Everyone’s tags

More tags


Alfa 9 release their second album Gone To Ground in 2013 on Blow Up Records. The self produced twelve song set was recorded in their home town of Newcastle-under-Lyme at their own Dungeon Studios. Mixed in London by Myles Clarke (The Who / Pete Townsend).

After several years had gone by between the release of their debut Then We Begin the band have remerged with Gone To Ground. Now a four piece with the addition of Andrew Vernon on drums: Phil Mason on Guitar / Vocals; Ali Heath - Guitar / Vocals; Lean Jones - Guitar / keyboards; and Andrew Vernon - Drums

Through recording in their own Dungeon Studios - “in reality a garage behind a bookies with an old disused walk-in fridge as the live room!” says guitarist Leon Jones - the band took things back to basics, focusing on three-four minute songs, great harmonies and losing the dirt from the guitars and the keyboards.

Citing the ’60s and early ’70s folk and country-rock of The Byrds, in particular, Gene Clark, Gram Parsons and The Flying Burrito Brothers, the Paisley Underground bands of early ’80s LA and signature influence The Stone Roses. Gone To Ground (which was recorded over six months) channels the same love of the past as such contemporaries as The See See, Tame Impala, The Quarter After, Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Beachwood Sparks. “I guess the sort of stuff we were becoming influenced by was far more subtly produced, so it was a pretty natural move,” says Leon of the album’s more spacious production, marked by rich mid-60s harmonies, ringing 12 strings and naturally overdriven and fuzztone guitars.


Top Albums

Listening Trend

3,017listeners all time
19,378scrobbles all time
Recent listeners trend:

Start scrobbling and track your listening history users scrobble the music they play in iTunes, Spotify, Rdio and over 200 other music players.

Create a profile


Leave a comment. Log in to or sign up.
  • Metamorphic_

    Gone To Ground is a great album!

    30 Jan 2014 Reply
  • oocares2

    Just heard Seedless on bbc6music. New album out soon. Being interviewed on Lamacq this Wednesday 13.02.13

    11 Feb 2013 Reply
  • igneal

    nice work!

    28 Apr 2009 Reply
  • jaimelasik

    j'adore cela fait du bien à mes oreilles

    11 Apr 2009 Reply
  • balzadelia

    I loved this debut album i seen parallels with doves , 1st heard for your bones on a 7 i picked up . please hurry up on your 2nd album lads :)

    5 May 2008 Reply
  • MamboSun

    ... and streamable on radio now!

    28 Jan 2007 Reply
  • jcott28

    Great sound. Reminds me a lot of early Pink Floyd! The new album is fantastic. I can't wait for more.

    2 Jan 2007 Reply
  • blake123

    wooooooo! next best thing

    4 Dec 2006 Reply

Top Listeners