Hailing from Amber, Oklahoma, 9 Left Dead, started to receive their mainstream buzz when the group beat out over 100 bands in Oklahoma City’s rock radio station KATT (Rock 100.5FM) and Rock U Live’s “2010 Band Beatdown” competition. As part of their grand prize, the ex-prison guards received the chance to record their first full-length debut, The Wrong Things, at Barcode Studios and write with multi-platinum and BMI award winning songwriter Cody Hanson from Hinder.

“Put Your Guns Down” is the opening track. Upbeat, aggressive attitudes and heavy, straightforward drumming are what this band’s all about. They seem to have got their sound locked down and in motion with songs like “Bad Girl” and “The Wrong Things,” which play around with touches of synths, riffs and tightly wound guitar solos.

Slower tracks about losing love are “Nothing Left To Lose” and “The Tracks,” which may just be the most well-written number they’ve created. A bonus within this release is their cover to The Doors’ 1967 single, “People Are Strange.” The quintet’s made it heavier and more eerie than ever, switching up keys to synths along with their signature style.

Their sound, energy and attitude only prove their readiness to ride the coaster of fame.

In A Word: Polished

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