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Manchester, England (2003 – present)

Nine Black Alps are a / quartet from Manchester, England, named after a line in a Sylvia Plath poem and fronted by Sam Forrest.

From their inception in late 2003, the band’s energetic live performances earned them a hardcore fanbase after playing for only a few months on the Manchester music scene. In 2004 the band were signed to Island Records and spent the year touring the UK and recording their first studio album with producer Rob Schnapf in Los Angeles. In 2005 Nine Black Alps toured the UK extensively, promoting the release of their debut album, Everything Is on 13th June 2005. Their first U.S. single was Cosmopolitan; their album Everything Is was released in America on February 28, 2006.

The band’s second album, again recorded in LA with producer Dave Sardy Love/Hate, was released on 29 October 2007 and heralded a split with Island Records shortly thereafter. However, Nine Black Alps went on to self-finance and record their third full-length album with producer Dave Eringa, entitled ‘Locked Out from the Inside’. Only available as a download from the band’s own website -, the album was a return to the louder, heavier sounds of the first record.

Nine Black Alps, after a hiatus of almost 2 years, have been back in the studio as a 3-piece recording tracks for a fourth album, with a possible release in 2012.


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  • Toulorge

    Love/Hate is really underrated IMO.

    22 Sep 9:08am Reply
  • pikus8665

    Nirvana v2

    4 Jun 12:29pm Reply
  • Volcomaestro

    Everything Is > Locked Out From The Inside > Sirens > Love/Hate. Still waiting for my copy of the new album to arrive :S

    8 May 1:41pm Reply
  • rachaelc1878

    I'm really liking the new album.

    24 Apr 11:34am Reply
  • koenjr_

    New album's pretty good

    21 Apr 9:57am Reply
  • Doldrums87

    @lyle_catcliffe can't believe Everything Is was in Poundland?!? time flies so fast it's scary ... almost a decade on and it's still a masterpiece at least in my eyes! I'm surprised NBA haven't gone on to bigger success/exposure since Love/Hate ... the two shows I saw in 06 and 07 were so incredible!!

    24 Feb 5:55am Reply
  • shuffle1899

    Everything Is -> rest

    16 Jan 3:27pm Reply
  • forteGRom

    Go Russia!

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • yeahcheckme

    Love/Hate > Everything Is > Locked Out from the Inside > Sirens

    14 Sep 2013 Reply
  • kapitoshkovna

    альбом 12 года очень даже хорош

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • comochocapic

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Butterman

    5th album will be great again! Everybody Is > Locked Out From The Inside > Love/Hate > Sirens

    3 Jun 2013 Reply
  • NESkimoFan12

    Disturbing how few people have listened to Sirens and Locked Out From The Inside. Also, what do you guys think their best album is? For me it goes Love / Hate > Sirens > Everything Is > Locked Out From The Inside Not to imply they are bad in any way.

    12 May 2013 Reply
  • slonoedov

    душевные ребята

    23 Mar 2013 Reply
  • hysteria08

    Everything Is> Locked Out From The Inside> Sirens=Love/Hate

    28 Feb 2013 Reply
  • lyle_catcliffe

    Was still in Poundland 10 months later... picked it up, glad I (eventually) did.

    22 Jan 2013 Reply

    Nine Black Alps are featured on this free compilation

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
  • rachaelc1878

    Sirens is an OK album, doesn't even begin to come close to Everything Is though.

    16 Oct 2012 Reply
  • vidalimp

    New album is great

    11 Oct 2012 Reply
  • czech-idiot

    OMG, discovered this band today. I'm in love!

    23 Apr 2012 Reply
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