A seven-piece funk band? What’s not to like. The Ninth Chapter are no strangers to festival stages, having been included in some of the biggest festival lineups in Australia. And now they’re bringing that raw funk and festival groove to Bond University.
The Ninth Chapter will feature in the first of Bond University’s Live at Bond series, with the support slot more than ably filled by Aquila Young. We fired off a few questions to vocalist Jaz Munro who tells Samantha Morris that they last played here six years ago at the now defunct Prince Albert bar at Jupiters.
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It must be a nightmare to get seven people together to rehearse and book gigs.
Yes it is challenging but after almost five years with the current seven piece line up we have managed to find a mutual groove in regards to gig frequency and rehearsals with the latter being more of a rarity. We find this keeps our shows spontaneous and more enjoyable for us, which I think the crowds appreciate.
It’s been a couple of years since you released Mogadishu. What’s been happening with The Ninth Chapter since then.
We most recently released a new EP titled EP3o (late 2015). This was recorded with Dave Atkins (Resin Dogs) at Mullumbimby and we will be showcasing this during the Bond Uni show. Since its release we have played in Brisbane, Melbourne, Byron Bay, Bellingen, Graftona and Mt Hotham.
You’ve played at some of Australia’s best festivals. Do you have a personal favourite?
Woodford Folk Festival would have to be our favourite. For those that have been no explanation is needed but to those who haven’t I highly recommend it. Five days in the bush with loads of amazing artists. We have been lucky enough to play there twice including a special two hour new years eve slot a few years ago.
It’s hard to capture a “live” vibe when you record in-studio. Do you think you’ve found the secret?
Yes we feel we have. It’s as simple as playing live in the studio firstly with the engine room and then adding horns, lead guitars, vocals and percussion afterwards. This has been our method for a while now. We feel it brings the feeling of playing live on disc.
What’s the one question you were hoping I’d ask?
Our biggest influence would be Skunkhour. 90’s Australian funk at its best…
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The Ninth Chapter + Aquila Young kick off the Live At Bond series on Sunday 13 March from 3.00pm.