COMMON TRAP
Blackdog Records 1995

"This album sounds wicked. Once the opening track is out of the way this album kicks ass with some of the best contemporary rockabilly I have heard in ages. The production is fantastis and the songs excellent."I know nothing about this band, but I suspect they´re Finnish as the label is. The lyrics are all in English and the music has some unusual twist and turns that keep listener glued to the loudspeaker right till the end of the15 track disk".
"I've been playing the title track opener quite a bit. It's stroll timed piece of neo with a haunting vocal like Chris Isaak. "Lost Little Gal" is similar, but slower.You'll find "You're So Eager" to be a neo rocker, as with the fluid and unrelenting "Let Me Enter" with it's 'Long Tall Texan' style like "ShakeIt Up'n'Go" and "Knock Me Out" has a similar feel about it too. A can opens and pours, then a bass comes in for some neo riffs on "Drunkfish". There's some driving neo rockabilly fury on "Let Me Enter" as with "Lunatic" which even borders on psychobilly whilst "Baby Don't Shoot" is a stomping neo stroller. "Randy Rooster" is a minute long piece of instrumental malarky and "Dance In A Trance" is pretty unusual with the strong rumbling drums setting the mood (like they do on something like "Peggy Sue") and major changes everytime they hit the chorus. There's some tremolo laden Scandinavian instrumental styled guitar with a mellow vocal on "Merry Go Round" and a like-sounding opening on "I'm In The Mood" before closing with the aptly titled mellow "Goodbye". Well crafted lyrics on a CD which really grows on you with material like "I'm In The Mood" & title"

Marc Fenech
Southern&Rocking,No 12 1996

The first release by Finland's Nine Lives is a great example of how modern alternative rock can have roots rock and roll influences that creates richly layered moody music. These boys "look" like a typical rockabilly group but the music they play goes beyond the standard fare and they aren't afraid to experiment with their own style of music. Out of their three records, this one has the most obvious rockabilly influences but what Nine Lives has created is their own sound that sets them apart from nearly every band out there playing roots music. A lot of great guitar playing and textured music that is heavy in melody lead by Antti Pasanen's superbly harmonious vocals make this band one worth searching out for if you're in the mood for original music that still stays true to its influences.

Rockabilly Review
Reviewed By DFJ

The debut release from Finland sensation 'Nine lives'. These guys brilliantly blend rockabilly influences without limiting themselves to the 'purist' sound. Personally, I love it.. I wish more bands would have the balls to break that 'purist' trap. If you like to mix it up and not limit yourself to a single sound.. .this would be a great CD to pick up.

Rockabilly Review
Reviewed By The Psycho Avenger

ROUNDABOUT
Nervous Records 1998

This, the second album I`ve heard from this Finnish band opens really well with Red Light District, which has great chord structure and is very catchy mid-tempo neo-rockabilly track. From then on in, the songs seem to alternate between boppers and slow,moody and meaninful ballads - which I`d like to have seen less, of to be honest, because when they rock this band are dynamite.Nine Lives are obviously well accomplished musicians and the album is very well produced. As far as I can tell most are original tracks with the exception of their version of The Bangles`Walk Like an Egyptian - which is powerful and works well.

Deathrow
issue 29

The 2nd record by Nine Lives continues with the excellent music that their debut "Common Trap" laid the foundation to. The first thing I noticed is their inclusion of the Bangles' hit "Walk Like An Egyptian"!! This isn't really too far out for Nine Lives as their sound is very heavily rooted in alternative rock with a roots/RnR flair that gives them their unique sound. Add a touch of surf and you have the unique mix that is Nine Lives. There are some good tunes to be found, one of my favorite's being the instrumental "Rat-Bite" which sums up their style very well, fusing the best elements of rockabilly/alternative rock/surf into a kick ass song. Antti Pasanen's vocals lead the way with his smooth, velvety harmonies that never sound strained or out of harmony with the perfectly played music his band serves up. A great follow-up by one of the most unique bands to carry the "rockabilly" label.

Rockabilly Review
Reviewed By DFJ

The follow up to their debut album 'Common Trap' which was released on Black Dog Records. This record has our Finnish heroes breaking away from their obvious rockabilly influence into a more experimental sound that really works. Hints of Rockabilly are still there, but more so with an alternative/surf influence. The result is absolutely amazing, not to mention.... their cover of 'walk like an Egyptian'!!!!! Fun time Rock N roll, it doesn't get better than this...

Rockabilly Review
Reviewed By The Psycho Avenger

SURFIN' PIG
Crazy Love Records 2000


Having been very impressed with their previous releases I pretty much expected this to be good CD and after listening to it, I´m not disappointed. This Finnish outfit are great musicians and equally talented songwriters. The CD is well produced too and of the 16 tracks all but one are written by the guitarist, the other being a cover of the Doors ´People Are Strange´which if I remember rightly was covered a few years back by other Skandinavian band... Taggy Tones. This is high quality contemporary Rockabilly.

Deathrow
Issue 36

Finland's Nine Lives comes back with their 3rd release that keeps the mellow alterna-rockabilly style intact but also adding a definite surf influence to their songwriting which might be why they called this release "Surfin' Pig". The Nine Lives style of music is not really rockabilly but it is solid, well-played roots influenced alternative rock with its own unique sound which is sorely lacking in many of today's bands. Mostly originals with a cover of the Doors' "People Are Strange" that is well interpreted to give it its own sound. For those looking for another straightforward rockabilly record, this band won't be what you're looking for but if you want to hear something different with a high level of musicianship with moody vocals then Nine Lives is worth checking out. A solid release that scores high points in originality!!

Rockabilly Review
Reviewed By DFJ

The 3rd addition to the Nine Lives Legacy. These guys mature their sound as they progress, something a lot of bands need to figure out! Hints of Rockabilly are still present.. however more distant than previous releases. This album dives head first into the world of Surf and Modern Influenced Rock N Roll. These guys definitely have created their own unique sound as they have shown us on their first 2 albums. I highly recommend this album for those who like a little originality in their music collection.

Rockabilly Review
Reviewed By The Psycho Avenger

ROCKET
Jungle Records 2004

Pohjoisen pojat saavat huomattavan rehvakkaan tyrärytkeen irti psykoottisista runkkuriffeistä sekä ilmavammista rock'n'rolleista ja rautalankatwisteistä. Kitaristi Tiihosen kappaleet ovat joka tasolla tanakasti hanskassa ja vokalisti Pasanen osaa valuttaa kermoja muhkealla bassolla sekä rytmittää vauhtivokaaleja tiukan tyylitajuisesti. Huippuhetkiä ja tappokomppeja riittää tasaiseen maistellaanpa sitten Rocketin rymytahtia, Oh Baby Yeah -instrumentaalin huimaa riffivimmaa tai auvoista Ramblin' Man -balladia.

Asko Alanen
Soundi 3/2004

This is a damn fine record. I'd say they are a lush neo-rockabilly that has country leanings and that intangibly European feel. The singer has a nice voice, the guitars sound great, and the songs and melodies are put together so well they become hard not to like. This Finnish band can rock, but more often the songs are laid back with a refined elegance, which has to be done exceptionally well for me to like. Fortunately, it is.
Recommended.

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