The 99 Degree
Manchester’s The 99 Degree combine a sleazy mix of Surf, Punk, Rockabilly, 60’s Garage Rock, Spaghetti Western soundtracks and outsider Country and Blues with raucous, gang-style, sing-along vocals referencing Bo Diddley, Bandits and a Bed Of Bones. Live shows draw comparison with the likes of Fat White Family, The Growlers, The Cramps, Black Lips and The Allah Las but with something defiantly their own and increasingly labelled as “Black Surf”.
After staying deliberately underground combining support slots with some of the alternative scene’s best names (The Fall, King Khan & BBQ, The Shivas, Mystic Braves, Kid Congo, Death Valley Girls, The Schizophonics) with select DIY headline events thrown by the band and friends; 2017 saw the release of the self-funded and self-released debut EP ‘Boot Hill Surf Club’ with excited reviews stemming from the packed out DIY launch night in Manchester attended by those in the know within the dripping walls of Manchester’s The Castle.
2019 sees the imminent release of double A-side single Love (Like I Need You)/Bed Of Bones on Sour Grapes Records and word is now creeping further afield out of Manchester’s basement venues. A slot at Kendal Calling is confirmed and plans for an autumn EP and tour underway.