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, dropping references from Bo Diddley, to Bandits, to a Bed Of Bones. Energetic live shows frequently draw comparisons with Fat White Family, The Growlers, The Cramps, Black Lips and The Allah Las but with something defiantly their own and increasingly becoming labelled as "Black Surf".
After gaining notoriety with DIY headline events and 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) the band’s debut EP release 'Boot Hill Surf Club' was released in 2017.
2019 has seen the 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. With a triumphant set at Kendal Calling in the bag The 99 Degree have just finished recording their next release at Fat White Family’s former studio in Sheffield and it’s a monster! Plans are currently under way for its imminent release and a subsequent tour.
"Boot Hill Surf Club" would be worth buying for the guitar introductions on the first three tracks alone. Add in the crazy danceable rhythms and pure, sexy Mexicana of some of the tracks and you have a great addition to the genre and a new twist to a retro style of music" - Louder Than War
"The 99 Degree are a truly original mutant surf band from a city that was famously quoted as having everything except a beach" - The Punk Site
“There is humour, drama and spittle in this EP and I, for one, wanna hear more!" - Dayz Of Purple And Orange
Love (Like I Need You): “The whole thing feels excellently bleak”. Bed Of Bones: “Catchy AF and an all-round winner of a song, with superb guitars and vocal” – Louder Than War
“A melancholy and foreboding tone”, “reverb drenched guitar”, “too-much-tequila vocals and raucous drums and bass” – The Punk Site
“A wonderful three minute pop gem”, “All wrapped up in comprehensive package that shows the band talent and quality” – Reyt Good Magazine