The 99s (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2011)

Saddleworth based band the 99s have recently finished working on their second album Run of the Mill.

For the past twelve months, the band consisting of Johnny West, James Loughlin and Adam Quigley has refined and developed a brand new set of songs. Most of the work has been completed at their practise room in Wharf Mill which, thanks to them and bands like Inspiral Carpets, is becoming a hub for creative Saddleworth musicians.

The band formed in the summer of 2007 inspired by a strong music scene which had developed in Oldham and Manchester with bands like; the Travelling Band, Twisted Wheel and Bluebird Kid Clark. From the outset, their song-writing and music has been heavily influenced by bands such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Byrds. Johnny describes their music as 60s influenced guitar based pop with a modern twist. James said, “Much of what we do reflects on the society we live in. The songs on the new album epitomise this more than ever. Life can be difficult but our philosophy is to get on and have a good time.”

Over the last four years the band has developed a strong following and has played at major venues across the country; the Water Rats, 229 Great Portland Street and the Hope and Anchor which has also seen the likes of U2 and the Stranglers. They have been featured on MUTV as winners of their band of the year and recently played in an episode of Hollyoakes appearing as the main act at the students union

The album is currently being mastered and will be released on Tri-tone in the New Year.

To hear Stuart Littleford’s interview withe 99s click on this link 99s Interview

Click on the following link to listen to I’m Not Singing Anymore

Click on this link to hear samples from the album Sneak Preview





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