SXSW With: The Ninth Wave

The Ninth Wave

Words by Elena Katrina

Having played a intimidatingly good show at The British Music Embassy the previous evening, I was a little nervous to meet and interview The Ninth Wave. I’m just not cool enough to deal with their level of interesting. However, having (hopefully) broken the ice  by challenging them to take on pals Lucia in our (terribly named) “bag in a hole” game (see our insta stories highlights) I started to feel OK about the prospect.

Hailing from Glasgow, Millie, Lewis and Haydn have been making a pretty sharp name for themselves around the place and I got to learn a little more about them and their plans out at SX and further afield.

How did you come together as a band? Why do you think you work well?

Haydn: Hmm, I don’t know it’s just something we’ve always done. Music has always been a massive part of our lives.

Amelia: We all love the sweet rock n roll. That’s why we’re in a band. We’ve all been in different bands before, but with this one we’ve all come in to our own and brought our different inspirations and made it into something unique not sounding like other rock bands. We so varied in what inspires us that it makes it such fun writing songs as we all have a fresh angle for looking at something. But it’s just good fun.

What are the best and worst things about being together on tour?

Amelia: Haydn and Lewis do not stop talking about each other’s cocks. It’s hard being the only girl and putting up with that all the time. But other than that I love ever second of it.

Haydn: Just each other’s. We like to have a touch of each other’s too.

Has there been a defining moment of being in a band so far?

Haydn: We recently played at The Hydro which is the big arena in Glasgow supporting Chvrches. It’s the biggest venue you can play in Scotland, and as soon as we started our soundcheck I just couldn’t stop smiling. I was thinking “how the fuck have we ended up doing this”.

Amelia: This month has been been mental. First we were doing that, and then suddenly we were also doing three shows in New York and coming here to SXSW, and then after that we are off to LA. We’re on the other side of the world and people are still coming to our shows. And they’re not our friends and family. It’s mental.

Are there any bands you’re looking forward to catching at SXSW?

Haydn: Well we’ve been cutting about with Lucia here. We both did New York together, and we are off to LA together.

Amelia: We are about to go on tour with The Blinders too so it’d be really nice to see them. There’s this girl BA1991, I’ve been a massive fan since I was about 19 years old. She lives in Denmark or Amsterdam, and she never does any gigs in the UK. But she’s at SXSW so this is my time! She’s been a very big inspiration for me.

What are your plans for the rest of 2019?

Haydn: Well we have a new song coming out in the next few days, but it is all part of a great big 2019 shall we say.

Amelia: Yeah, watch this space.


Whilst you’re watching this space, why don’t you watch The Ninth Wave?


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