Manchester's The 99 Degree started life in 2016 as a writing experiment between guitarist Phil Turner and lyricist Joe Sartini to combine a sleazy mix of Surf, Punk, Rockabilly, 60’s Garage Rock, Spaghetti Westerns, Country, Blues and other oddities with sing-along vocal hooks. The resulting mixture quickly yielded finished songs and after an outing as a duo these quickly grew into bigger and more complex full-band arrangements. Close friends Paul Fetherstone and Craig Trickett were called for on bass and drums (with Craig uprooting from London to be involved!) and The 99 Degree line-up complete.
Staying deliberately underground and combining select 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 a select few DIY headline events thrown by the band and friends, live comparisons were quickly drawn with the likes of Fat White Family, The Growlers, The Cramps, Black Lips and The Allah Las but with something quickly becoming identified as their own and increasingly labelled as "Black Surf".
2016's self-funded demo release Dead Or Alive drew acclaim from as far afield as France purely by word of mouth before May 2017 saw the release of the full debut EP 'Boot Hill Surf Club', again self-funded, to further acclaim and 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.
After a late showing 2017 festival-wise at Rec Rocks’s Tim Peaks stage, 2018 could be the year of The 99 Degree's Black Surf. With a new release written and penciled in for later in the year, word is creeping further afield out of Manchester’s basement venues and a number of opportunities are on the horizon for this truly original mutant surf band.
The 99 Degree's Boot Hill Surf Club EP is available via Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon and all other good download sites as well as free streaming from Soundcloud.