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Nine Black Alps @ Spaceland 7/19

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patron saint of depressed teen girls and literature grad students who were once depressed teen girls everywhere, poet sylvia plath's latest sledgehammer of influence has fallen upon manchester, uk grungepunk band nine black alps.

nine black alps performed at spaceland on thursday night and wasted no time blistering everyone's perfectly made-up faces off with an incrementally awesome setlist, which included much of their debut album "everything is," new songs, a rancid cover, and scornful guitar-smashing after the last song.

with the drooling fanbase and extremely likable dirtied rock sound i am inclined to believe there is much more to come from this band -- the kickoff reference to a rather chilly poem infuses itself throughout the lyrics and dissatisfaction drips from every note. is it an accident that they're named after a suicidal poet and sound like to a suicidal grunge band? attention los angeles: keep these kids away from smack.

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nine black alps play again tomorrow, saturday july 22, at moca after dark at eight pm. click the jump to read the original sylvia plath poem.