Sacred Ground 2018
Sharing musical electronic aspirations with a brother gives rise to a unique internal tension, which flows through music and band relations alike, as each brother strives to assert their musical individuality. But the genius of RocketNumberNine’s accomplished improvised workouts lies in expertly holding these two conflicting yet complementary outlooks in perfect balance, and it may well be that the simmering internal tension of their sibling rivalry is also their raison d’etre.
Having performed with some of the most notable musicians of the last decade; the pair have opened for Radiohead, performed with Four Tet, toured with Caribou and have performed three Boiler Rooms sessions; one solo, one with Neneh Cherry and one with rising star Moko.
Two years on from the release of their second RocketNumberNine album ‘MeYouWeYou’ via iconic label Smalltown Supersound, they’ve returned to the improv fray with a crisp new black-and-white Split Vinyl 12” ‘Two Ways’. It captures them at the peak of their performative powers, as Tom’s signature jazz-tinged drum flourishes and Ben’s responsive, expressive nineties keys are now fleshed out with an extra drummer-driven melodic dimension thanks to Tom’s eager incorporation of the tuned percussion of his new drum synthesizer.