Sneaky show at Bello for Chapter
GRAFTON-based funk/blues band The Ninth Chapter were stoked to be joined on stage last Friday night by a former member of leading Australian electro pop act Sneaky Sound System.
Ninth Chapter members were told to expect MC Double D, whose real name is Daimon Downey, to turn up to their gig at the Federal Hotel, Bellingen. The pop showman grew up in Bello and the word had spread amongst locals that he was looking for a stage to step up on for his old mates.
Percussionist Glen McClymont said there had been no rehearsal but band members were happy to let a performer of Double D’s calibre on stage.
“He came up and had a bit of a hit-off on percussion, then he picked up the mic ... the last set we just handed over to him – he’s an MC and he really knows how to work the crowd,” Glen said.
The well-known artist let fly with nearly 45 minutes of improvised hip hop and funk, much to the delight of the crowd, Glen said.
“It was good to see a professional at work and we learnt plenty from him about showmanship and taking control of the crowd,” he said.
With a core Clarence Valley membership of Jaz Munro (lead vocals/guitar), Zac Page (drums) and Glen McClymont (percussion/vocals), The Ninth Chapter have recently welcomed two more permanent members, guitarist Joe Wurf and bassist Dan Bowland, who have helped funk up the band’s sound.
“We’re all massive Skunkhour fans so the bass has really taken us all where we want to go,” Glen said.
Renowned for their open jam style, Glen said the band were hoping to establish a horn section after their regular trumpeter Tom Hillier, a medical doctor, moved to Sydney.
The Ninth Chapter’s second album Zanthippe (named after the dog at Heaven Recording Studio, Chatsworth) will be officially launched at several shows in the next few months. Much of the album can be reviewed on the band’s MySpace page and, true to form, the band have delivered a collection of lively funk and roots tunes. Locals will have to wait until February 28 to catch the band live at the Nymboida Coaching Station unless another show comes up sooner.