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 and Black Lips but with something defiantly their own and increasingly becoming labelled as "Black Surf".
Released 9th November 2019 on Sour Grapes Records; EL MONSTRUO is five new monstrous tales from the surf-punk, sleaze-addled minds of THE 99 DEGREE.
Recorded over 4 days and nights while living as a love and terror cult in an Airbnb in Rotherham the mini-album was produced by Jack Howorth (Engineer on Fat White Family’s Serfs Up!) in Sheffield’s The Warren Studios (previously Fat White Family’s Champzone Studios).
The release is preceded by the single; FLATLINE. A rousing, over-reverbed and open to interpretation, tequila-drunk, gang-sang tale of celebrated male failure.
Billy Childish, Nick Cave, Country Teasers, Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, Frank Zappa, The Monks, The Mummies, Television Personalities, Spacemen 3, The Cramps, RL Burnside, Talking Heads, Nirvana, The Fall, Ennio Morricone, Tav Falco, Bo Diddley, The Sonics...