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Calling Distance Stations

by The Nines

Classic Power pop for fans of XTC, Paul McCartney and Ben Folds
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. Drama Queen
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2. Hard Luck
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3. Marigold
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4. Driving Myself Insane
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5. Mary Jane
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6. Lena
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7. That Takes Time
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8. Average Joe
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9. Take What You Want
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10. Darkening Sky
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11. Goodnight my Love
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12. Receiving Me
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Album Notes
While Steve Eggers has honed his craft for the last several years in earlier incarnations of The Nines, "Calling Distance Stations" is the first recording to reveal the breadth and depth of his gift. Among those who willingly participated in the project were XTC auteur Andy Partridge, who collaborated with Eggers on “Receiving Me,” and smart-pop cult hero Jason Falkner (Jellyfish, the Grays, Air, Paul McCartney), who mixed several tracks and sang backing vocals on “Darkening Sky.” Joao Carvalho (Sloan, Barenaked Ladies, Cowboy Junkies) and John Adams (Sarah Sleen, John Cage) split up the rest of the mixes.

BACK STORY: The first Nines LP, Wonderworld of Colourful, came out in Canada in 1998 on the Bare Naked Ladies’ Page label and was distributed through EMI. Later that year, Universal Music Canada released a piano-based four-song EP. This preliminary version of the band was sufficiently appealing to connect with the pop underground and top the Canadian college chart, but, as Eggers readily admits, the Nines were then still very much a work in progress. Still, this initial studio foray did offer a tantalizing glimpse of the young artist’s potential. The second Nines lineup cut Properties of Sound, released in North America in 2001 (Airmail Recordings picked up the album in Japan a year later). Additionally, several of Eggers’ songs wound up on network TV series, including Dawson's Creek, Party of Five and Joan of Arcadia (and most recently the theme song for Global Television's comedy sitcom "The Jane Show"). Since then, Eggers has totally committed himself to the making of "Calling Distance Stations",writing, refining and recording the material, and finding cohorts who could help him achieve his vision, which is predicated upon bringing the grand legacy of the 1960s into the present. Picking up where the Beatles left off is a big challenge, but it can be done, as XTC, Jellyfish and Spoon have proved. The Nines belong in that rarefied company.

written by: Bud Scoppa (Rolling Stone Magazine, Hits Magazine, Paste)




Some additional Press Reviews

Nines song "Doesn't Matter what I do" rated # 3 TOP SINGLES in MOJO MAGAZINE Playlist Picks- MOJO MAGAZINE

“ The contagious sunshiny harmonies of Toronto Band the Nines consistently evoke the giddy euphoria and retro 70’s haze of ELO, WINGS, and early Elton John.” (The Nines’ Calling Distance Stations is Inside Entertainment Editor’s Album Pick) – Inside Entertainment Magazine

“ A quintessential power-pop masterpiece…Steve Eggers is a genius… 10 out of 10 rating” The New York City Resident

“Few songwriters have the ability to delicately entwine melodies and chords that are immediately striking. Whether a ballad or a hard hitting rock up, Steve Eggers has been doing just that…” View Magazine

"Steve Eggers is a genius..." Amplifier Magazine

“The Nines’ Calling Distance Stations is simply stunning” All Access Magazine (Los Angeles)

“Twelve well-crafted songs that deserve the attention of every lover of melody-drenched textural pop-rock music…an essential record...” Power of Pop


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If you can't wait for the next XTC album...
If you can't wait for the next XTC album, buy "Calling Distance Stations" by the Nines. There are some great songs on this CD; the ballads are the real standout tracks. "Marigold" is a wonderful little McCartneyesque gem. "Average Joe" is a plaintive character study, similar in style to much of Randy Newman's work. But, the real high point of this CD is "Mary Jane" - a heartbreaking, flawlessly produced and arranged masterpiece of a pop song. Steve Eggers' vocals are a cross between Andy Partride and Adam Marsland (of Cockeyed Ghost). XTC fans will especially like "Darkening Sky" and "Receiving Me" which was co-written by Andy Partridge.

Alex Stein

Listening to this album is like discovering a great lost XTC album you never heard of... or getting an urgent telegram from the alternate universe where the best music sells the most copies.

Pure, delightful power pop with amazing catchy songs. Very highly recommended!

Paul Heriot

I'll Buy More
This is a very good CD. Yes, The Nines belong on the same "great" list with Jellyfish, Pugwash and XTC. Let's just hope that they stay together, tour the world and make more great CD's. I'll buy them!


Keeping great music alive!
This album made my day. Through the realms of myspace, the nines and I stumbled upon each other. I believe it was the Jason Falkner connection. Either way..once I heard "take what you want" I was sold. Track after track of well-written catchy tunes. The opener Drama Queen also blew my mind.


Whap! Bam! Boom!
Steve Eggers is an expert songwriter. Every song on Calling Distant Stations is a study in tunesmanship. Why this group is not well know is a mystery.

If you like any of the following, you will enjoy this CD: Paul McCartney, Badfinger, later-day XTC (Andy Partridge), Jason Falkner (Jellyfish), Beach Boys circa 1966, The Sugarplastic, Kenny Howes, new Tears For Fears or Matthew Sweet.



Perfect power pop!
As a fan of Jason Falkner & XTC this was recommeded to me, and I love it! You know how sometimes 'you like this, you'll love this' type recommendations are not always spot on? Well this was one I'm glad I listened to. Great band, strong melodies, killer hooks. All good.

Stephen Ginochio

The Nines produce Tens!
Everything you've read is true. Just buy it. They'll make more great records if you do. Isn't that incentive enough?

Pär Winberg

wonderful album
I just have one word about this album... W O N D E R F U L...

Perfectly played modern powerpop for all of you.

Par Winberg
(the leading onlinemag in Europe when it comes to moder rock/powerpop)

Domenico Di Giorgio

This is pop!
A very good record, any XTC fan should give Nines a try!

Helfried Wildenhain

Great Music !
Buy it, you wont regret it - if you like the music of Macca, ELO, TenCC etc...