10 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Nine Lashes explore the tension here between a series of dualities: light and darkness, sin and salvation, hard rock and electronic pop. The Birmingham, Ala., quintet finesses these contrasting elements with a skill that speaks to their maturity as a band. Riff-driven, melodically grounded groups like Linkin Park and Incubus remain the band’s key reference points, with touches of Coldplay evident as well. As on earlier releases, Nine Lashes anchor their music in Scripture-based themes of man’s fallen nature and God’s forgiving grace. “Surrender” (a luminous ballad riding an escalating groove) and “You Are the Light” (a moody, midtempo track that builds to a roaring chorus) are typical expressions of the spiritual yearning found here. The band juggle guitar crunch and rhythmic pulsation on “Break the World,” bounce to a modern dance beat on “Where I Belong,” and waltz with a metallic edge on “In the Dark.” Lead singer Jeremy Dunn projects strength and conviction throughout, whether he’s declaring his faith with a snarl (“Never Back Down”) or hitting Chris Martin–like falsetto notes while reaching for a higher power (“Cover Your Own”).

EDITORS’ NOTES

Nine Lashes explore the tension here between a series of dualities: light and darkness, sin and salvation, hard rock and electronic pop. The Birmingham, Ala., quintet finesses these contrasting elements with a skill that speaks to their maturity as a band. Riff-driven, melodically grounded groups like Linkin Park and Incubus remain the band’s key reference points, with touches of Coldplay evident as well. As on earlier releases, Nine Lashes anchor their music in Scripture-based themes of man’s fallen nature and God’s forgiving grace. “Surrender” (a luminous ballad riding an escalating groove) and “You Are the Light” (a moody, midtempo track that builds to a roaring chorus) are typical expressions of the spiritual yearning found here. The band juggle guitar crunch and rhythmic pulsation on “Break the World,” bounce to a modern dance beat on “Where I Belong,” and waltz with a metallic edge on “In the Dark.” Lead singer Jeremy Dunn projects strength and conviction throughout, whether he’s declaring his faith with a snarl (“Never Back Down”) or hitting Chris Martin–like falsetto notes while reaching for a higher power (“Cover Your Own”).

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About Nine Lashes

Formed in 2006, Nine Lashes are a Christian alternative rock band based in Birmingham, Alabama. Guitarist Adam Jefferson and original drummer Keith Cunningham had played together in a previous band. They were soon joined by Adam's younger brother Jonathan Jefferson on guitar, bassist Jared Lankford, and lead singer Jeremy Dunn. Cunningham was later replaced by Noah Terrell on drums. After cutting their teeth opening for several well-known Christian bands at churches in their native Alabama, Nine Lashes released their debut LP, Escape, in 2009. In 2011, while trying to secure a gig at a popular regional music festival, their album fell into the hands of musician/producer Trevor McNevan (Thousand Foot Krutch, FM Static), who helped Nine Lashes ink a deal with Tooth & Nail Records, dramatically increasing their exposure. McNevan would go on to produce the band's Tooth & Nail debut, World We View, which was released in 2012. The album was well received and reached the Top 20 on Billboard's Christian music chart, leading to higher-profile gigs and headlining tours. The band's third album, From Water to War, was released in early 2014. ~ Timothy Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Birmingham, AL
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    2006

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