Based in Madrid, Nine Stories write pop songs with pianos, guitars and other instruments that they may find around. Some people say they seem to be taken from a film soundtrack yet to be written. The lyrics, usually sung in english, deal about girls, Madrid's public transport network, about waking up late and going to work, low budget trips and some other stuff.
Nacho Ruiz writes those songs. Nine Stories is formed at this exact moment by:
Nacho Ruiz- vocals, guitars, piano, melodica, banjo, ukelele
Javier Peña- guitars, backing vocals, glockenspiel
Jorge Ramos- bass guitar, guitar, trumpet, backing vocals
Pepo Márquez- drums, percussion, backing vocals, melodica
Fernan Álvarez- piano, organ, accordion
The band was funded in late 2008. On May 2010 they're eponymous debut album was released through Gran Derby Records (actually it was the label's first release) to rejoice of audiences and critics alike. Since then, they've been playing endlessly around Spain and Europe in places like Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Orense, Vigo, Valladolid, Valencia, Málaga, Oporto, Módena, Murcia, Vitoria, Sevilla, Granada... They also played in festivals like Primavera Sound 2010 or FIB 2011.
On november 2012, four of their songs were included in 'Buscando a Eimish' original soundtrack. One of those songs was written for the film and it was sung by the actress Manuela Vellés.
On the 25th of February 2013 their long-awaited sophomore effort was released in CD, vinyl and digital download. Titled 'Trafalgar', it was recorded in Garate Studios (Basque Country) by Kaki Arkarazo (Negu Gorriak, Kortatu, Chucho, Tulsa and thousand of others). Basque band Betagarri added horns, Greg Gobel (Tripulante Y Crucero) played clarinet and David Sagastune lead the string ensemble. Wonderful chanteuse Alondra Bentley added vocals to several songs, including 'Only She Knows', the first single.
Press has unanimously praised 'Trafalgar', applauding the huge leap forward in terms of production, performance and depth of an unique band in Spain.
“An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.”