The Ninth Wave
USA Tour 2019
The Ninth Wave are a noise pop duo from Glasgow, UK, made up of Haydn Park-Patterson and Amelia Kidd, taking their influences from 80’s new wave and goth pop.
New York was our first stop on our American venture, and I’ll never forget the look on Haydn’s face as we approached the skyline from the airport. We didn’t manage to get many photos as most of the time we were so in awe of our surroundings! About an hour before picture 4 was taken, we had just bumped into Dev Hynes in Rogue Music but I was too starstruck to even open my mouth. The whole experience of New York was very surreal.
SXSW was the best organised chaos i’ve ever experienced. Picture 6 was taken about 20 minutes after I got chucked out of the venue that Rascalton, Avalanche Party & The Blinders were playing - I’m blaming the 3 12% beers we got as part of our rider from our showcase earlier that day. Pictures 8 & 9 are from an acoustic session we did under this bridge in Austin as millions of bats were flying around the sky.
On our day off in Austin we were lucky enough to be shown round the best parts by the lovely couple we were staying with for the week, Tim & Holly. They took us to this proper honky-tonk bar called The Broken Spoke, where we somehow ended up playing a cover of Sweet Home Alabama to the full bar who seemed to really enjoy it, but made the owner very very angry - maybe it was the fact that Haydn was in a vest (not allowed in bar rules) and a kilt. Picture 11 is a photo of Millie and Lucia with the owner before this ‘performance’ - at the back of the bar there’s tons of photos of him with famous country singers like Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton. Soon this photo will take pride of place right next to these.
These are from when we did our Sofar Sounds session in LA - we tried to find dinner but it was in the middle of an industrial estate , so the only vegan food we could find was oreos and stella. But the view was insane !
On our day off in LA we went out into the desert and went to a shooting range which was equally as terrifying as it was surreal. Being out in such a vast open landscape was a nice get-away from the madness of the cities we’d experienced that month, and made you feel so small as it just goes on forever.