Ian Garland BOTW #6 – Cashier No.9

Cashier 09

I’ve got something rather exciting for you this week ..OK, when do I never have anything exciting for you, my lovely readers? Right, the band in question this week are the much hyped – maybe not hyped enough so hopefully I can do my little bit – and hotly tipped…

Cashier No.9
Cashier No.9 from Belfast, Ireland are an alternate rock, psychedelic, electronica, folk band. In fact there’s a whole potpourri of styles going on, it’s pretty difficult to pin them down to any one genre. You are probably wondering why the unusual name? I thought so too, but now the name just seems to fit into place – perhaps between cashier 8 and 10.

Seriously though, front man, guitarist, songwriter and producer, Danny Todd used to work in a coffee shop as a teenager to make a bit of extra cash. He was appointed the roll as Cashier No.5. Now number 5 didn’t quite have the right rock ‘n’ roll catch so after some minor adjustment the band, who also include Todd’s life long mates, James Smith _(guitar, vocals), Stuart Magowan (bass, vocals), Philip Duffy (drums) and Ronan Quinn (keys, percussion, vocals) decided Cashier No.9 would be more appropriate.

Indeed it is. It’s possible you’ve heard of these guys already as they’ve been on the scene for several years now making a whole load of appearances at festivals such as Brighton’s ‘Great Escape’ in 2007 and 2008, Ireland’s ‘Electric Picnic Festival’ and played at Glastonbury on the introducing stage just last year.

They’ve also supported the likes of Gruff Rhys, The Ting Tings and David Holmes.

Holmes is on production duties to their new single which I’ll get to later. Well known DJs are starting to take note too, adopting fans such as Steve Lamacq, Janice Long, Liz Kershaw and Rob Da Bank.

Things can only get better for Cashier No.9 as they’ve just signed with London east end’s Bella Union which puts them in the company with cool bands such as Fleet Foxes, The Low Anthem and Midlake.

I’ve personally only heard a handful of tracks so far but from what I’ve heard they’re all total blinders, so amazing I just HAD to do a write up on them. The up and coming EP, Goldstar (produced by David Holmes) is a swirling, wall of sound, soulful masterpiece.

It could easily be compared with what was good at the time of American 60’s west coast bands such as The Byrds or Buffalo Springfield and then fused together with say, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

When purchasing this single – which I hope you do – you’d expect it to be served to you on a silver platter because not only do we have Holmes on production duties we have Hugo Nicolson (one of the key contributors to the production of Screamadelica) and amongst the hierarchy there happens to be a guy who played with Elvis, yes the king of rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis. A guy named Tommy Morgan laying down harmonica.

Phew ….think I’m gonna burst!

POP f@ct: Elvis Presley once came third in a Elvis look-a-like contest…….f@ct!