A BAND formed by two Barrhead musicians has been named as one of the top 10 emerging acts in Scotland.
The Ninth Wave were included among a list compiled by radio presenter Jim Gellatly – the man credited with being the first DJ to air tracks by revered Scottish talent such as KT Turnstall, Twin Atlantic and Biffy Clyro.
It follows on from the group’s inclusion in Tenement TV’s ‘Top Tracks of 2016’ for the single Human Touch and a summer which included a slot at T in the Park’s T Break Stage.
And the rave reviews look set to continue this year, with a tour of Scotland and northern England in the pipeline, as well as a booking for The Lexington, in London, next month.
Originally started by brothers Haydn Park-Patterson, the group’s 20-year-old lead guitarist, and synth and bass player and vocalist Ronan Park, 18, The Ninth Wave’s founders have been playing music together since they were children.
The boys, who stay in Uplawmoor, then added Finnish synth player and vocalist Elina Lin and drummer Lewis Tollan, from East Kilbride, into the mix and released their first EP Only The Young at the end of 2015.
Summarising the band in succinct fashion, music man Jim said: “The band’s self-styled ‘goth pop’ has really captured my imagination.
“Getting better with every performance, they shone at the T in the Park and Electric Fields festivals this year.
“They’re at the forefront of the New Breed scene emerging from Glasgow venues like Broadcast and The Priory.”
Haydn expressed his and his bandmates’ satisfaction at the attention the noise pop group is receiving.
“We’ve been building stuff up since last April and got to play T in the Park and other festivals like Electric Fields,” he told The News.
“Then we put out our first two music videos; we put out our first proper one early last year and then one on New Year’s Day.
“We’ve been building ourselves up to go for it this year and now we’re planning things to take us to the next step.
“It’s good to see that it’s all working out and someone is recognising that. We’ve been working hard at it and that’s what we would hope for with the amount that we’ve put into it.
“It is cool to see people are into and taking an interest in what we’re doing.”
The last 12 months proved to be a defining period for the band.
Aside from the T in the Park appearance, The Ninth Wave released a double A-side featuring new track Nothing Is Certain and performed in front of a packed crowd at the O2 ABC in Glasgow.
Asked to pick a highlight from the whirlwind year, Haydn said: “T in the Park was the biggest one at the start but then we played the O2 ABC main stage on December 16 supporting WHITE and Baby Strange.
“That was the biggest gig we’ve played so far. It was just mad to get on a stage like that when you see people singing your songs.”
To keep up-to-date with group’s busy schedule, search for ‘The Ninth Wave’ on Facebook or follow @THENINTHWAVE_ on Twitter.