Orange County Music Awards "Best Indie Rock Band" of 2005
9 Ball, "Upside Down" - One of Orange County's best rock trios has teamed up with producer Joe Ongie to record one of the finest local releases of the year. Singer-guitarist Tim Nienhuis, drummer Danny Gamboa and bassist-singer Dev Torres released a strong demo EP last year, but the newly released, nine-song "Upside Down" displays the full range of 9 Ball's artistry.
"Upside Down" features beautiful ballads ("How Do You Dream," "Oxygen"), infectious power-pop (the instantly memorable "Gray" and "Love Find You") and propulsive rockers ("Until Forever") that paint a sonic picture of a group as concerned with their song craft as their chops. "Hard Pressed" is the best Toad the Wet Sprocket song that Glen Phillips never wrote, and Fountain Valley-based 9 Ball could well be a kindred spirit of that Santa Barbara outfit with its formidable mix of rock, pop, folk and alternative styles anchored by thoughtful lyrics and fervent vocals.
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courtesy of Robert Kinsler, OC Register
OC's nearest things to pop perfection.
In the tradition of The Police, 9 Ball deceptively uses the simplicity of the three-piece rock band to
deliver well-crafted songs. Frontman/guitarist Tim Nienhuis with his true-tone voice and high-hitting melodies made 9 Ball's
solid pop tunes effortless to enjoy. Beautiful chords, the occasional clever time signature, and
drummer Danny Gamboa's furious hi-hat work a la Stewart Copeland made the songs shine and
made 9 Ball fun.
Killarney Star courtesy of Live Magazine
9 Ball's sound has grown
into something rooted in pop but with the force of a modern rock band. Think
of the sonic outcome of a collaboration between Foo Fighters and DADA.
Robert Kinsler courtesy of OC Register