Released: September 27, 2013
- No Coincidence
- Fun Ton
- Mallie Chan
- 9th Floor
- Tree House
- Forget About Them
- Charlie Mix [Kernel Mix]
Produced by Chuck Alkazian. All songs written by OttO Vector [M. Glaser, A. Lemanek, R. Miller, W. Daviddi, D. Lee]. Published by WHERE DO THESE STAIRS GO (ASCAP).
Lyrics, Photos and MORE:
Cosmic Road Trip Aboard No. 9 North
UltraMegaSuperExtra9! In a year brimming with coast-to-coast travels, public appearances and 8-bit adventures, OttO Vector readied the release of their next studio album. Having learned much from their previous Chuck Alkazian collaborations (14 North Cedgwick, EP 604), the band designedly strived for a different thematic tone with No. 9 North.
“As with any project, we [OttO Vector] endeavor to push the songwriting boundaries beyond our immediate comfort zone. First and foremost, we write music for US- and are constantly pursuing avenues that challenge, amuse and satisfy our collective tastes and sensibilities,” commented Andrew “Ginseng” Lemanek. “In a way, No. 9 North represents OttO Vector’s evolution. With heavier emphasis on guitars, live drums and whatnot, the album is deliberately more organic than previous releases…yet embraces the electronic nerve-center that has defined our sound from the beginning. While the bones of the album are very much born of our love of Motown, rock and Detroit techno, we hope that No. 9 North conveys a sense of a new sound for our hometown’s ever-brightening future.”
To visually capture No. 9 North’s hard-edged, organically retro-futuristic theme, OttO Vector commissioned Detroit artist Brent Forrest for album cover duties. Explains Ginseng, “We wanted this thing to feel like a Frankensteined combo of an 80’s B-movie poster, heavy metal LP cover and sci-fi book-of-the-month paperback. I think Brent captured these sentiments perfectly.”
No. 9 North was released on limited-edition CD at The Magic Bag on September 27th, 2013, and received a worldwide digital release on October 1st, 2013.
No. 9 North was originally to be called SuperUltraMegaExtra8 (or UltraMegaSuperExtra9, depending on the source). The album cover was envisioned as a children’s book illustration, depicting a “Victorian-era locomotive / kite dragon creature spiraling through the silent and colorful void of space, dodging and devouring small planetoids along the way.”
Muen Magazine – REVIEW
Metro Times – City Slang REVIEW
MetroArts Detroit – live performance/interview 9-22-13 (starts at 14:40) (Video)
89X Motor City Minute – Detroit Red Wings (Video)
FOX 2 News – No Coincidence Live Performance/Interview 11-21-13 (Video)
Detroit Free Press – Announcement
News Herald – In The Mix (Interview)
The Rude Show – Radio Interview (Audio)
This album is available for purchase from your favorite digital audio retailer (iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, etc.). A super-limited-edition CD can be purchased at any OttO Vector performance or from cdbaby (while supplies last).