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Melbourne, Australia (1996 – present)

Ninetynine is an indie band based in Melbourne, Australia. The band was founded by Laura Macfarlane, who played drums in Sleater-Kinney, in 1996 as a solo project. The first album, 99, was recorded with her playing all the instruments. Not long after she assembled a band with Cameron Potts and Rhonda Simmonds - who has since left the group and now plays in Origami. Other former members of the band are Iain McIntyre (who played with Laura in several earlier bands) and Amy Clarke (formerly of The Vivian Girls). Meg Butler joined in 2006.

Ninetynine’s music has been described as art-pop, combining elements of indie rock, post punk and power pop with strong melodic elements and an often playful approach. Some of their songs incorporate experimental elements such as unusual time signatures or exotic scales. One of the band’s trademarks is the use of Casiotone keyboards and chromatic percussion (typically a vibraphone) in their music, and the musicians frequently swapping instruments between songs (and sometimes in the middle of songs).

Ninetynine have played live extensively, and played support for bands including The Paradise Motel, Stereolab Dirty Three, Le Tigre and Preston School of Industry. They have also embarked on many self-funded tours, playing in Japan, the UK, Europe and North America; these tours have usually been assisted by contacts in local live music scenes. It is quite possible that Ninetynine have more fans outside of Australia than within.


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  • datakid

    Saw the now rare show last week. Phenomenal, as usual

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
  • NoNmaggot

    i am listening to electro house but the band here listed is clearly not that. [4]

    12 Sep 2012 Reply
  • skinnyneckhex

    cannot find this stuff ANYWHERE.

    23 Jan 2012 Reply
  • mlssgrcpllrc

    i am listening to electro house but the band here listed is clearly not that. [3]

    10 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Helmut21

    i am listening to electro house but the band here listed is clearly not that. [2]

    9 Jun 2011 Reply
  • scillianaire

    there is a tagging issue here. i am listening to electro house but the band here listed is clearly not that.

    15 Feb 2010 Reply
  • baltasound

    Awesome band! Saw them a week ago, just as hot as they've ever been.

    27 Feb 2009 Reply
  • EradicateIV

    I just bought 767 in a random $2.50 bin and wow, it rules. Hooray for buying cds because of my own bias towards math.

    17 Nov 2007 Reply
  • fluxkit you can order ninetynine records from them in the U.S.

    12 Jul 2007 Reply
  • thereisnocat

    I got their most recent CD, Worlds of Space Worlds of Population Worlds of Robots from Chaos Music, They list most of the albums there.

    9 Dec 2006 Reply
  • seedling

    yeah. you should be able to order through chapter music or trifekta or something? or you could always mail order through the record stores. for example or polyester (via who own the shop)...

    2 Oct 2006 Reply
  • sanktpauli

    it`nearly impossible to order from germany. got the process lp via ebay from us and anatomy of distance cd via amazon. but hey, you are from australia. there should be no problem to order it!?

    17 Sep 2006 Reply
  • napauleon

    Anyone know where to find these guys albums? Sheesh! Availability issues is all I get...

    20 Jul 2006 Reply

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