Having signed to Bella Union records, Belfast’s Cashier No.9 released their critically acclaimed debut album, “To The Death Of Fun”, in June 2011
Is there a Belfast sound? Van Morrison… Stiff Little Fingers… Divine Comedy… Cashier No. 9 sound nothing like any of these, but they're as innovative and different as anything that's come from the city. They could be from California, or Manchester, or any number of places, having been variously compared with The Byrds, Beach Boys, Stone Roses, Pavement, CSN, The Flaming Lips and many others. Yet with their rich vocal harmonies, bold guitar textures and supremely catchy melodies, they've created a sound that's indeterminably none of these yet equally vibrant.
Cashier No. 9's debut is produced by acclaimed DJ, film and music producer David Holmes. Combined with the mature, wryly humorous song-writing of frontman Danny Todd, the result is eclectic, layered, guitar-jangling country-laced pop. Within an ocean of standout tracks, opener and single ‘Goldstar’ is resplendent with bells and cascading melodies; ‘Lost at Sea’ skiffles with supreme rolling rhythms and sense of the 60s reborn; ‘Flick of the Wrist’ has an epic, Californian aura; and ‘Oh Pity’ sweeps the listener along with waves of rich harmonies.
Cashier No. 9 have already racked up a significant number of fans in the UK and abroad with extensive touring. The band have represented Belfast at London’s Electric Proms, Wireless, Bestival; performed at the Knitting Factory in NYC and Brighton’s Great Escape; and graced the stage at Ireland’s Electric Picnic and Oxegen festivals.
“An album that opens up lush, widescreen horizons for Cashier No.9’s pretty chamber pop and blissful West Coast harmony rock… ‘Goldstar’ is shimmering, upbeat pop built up into a euphoric wall of sound, and the reverb-soaked soft focus of To Make You Feel Better has a similarly giddy, lovestruck quality… Beguiling stuff”
MOJO – 4 Stars ****
“This Belfast band have excellent songs, carving themselves out an intriguing bit of territory, bordered on one side by the Stone Roses, on another by Oasis, and on the third by Echo and the Bunnymen… Thanks in part to their way with a hook, and the production skills of David Holmes, their jangly–shimmery-retro pop is tremendous fun.”
Sunday Times - 4 Stars ****
“This talented quintet are indulging in some seriously sunlit escapism in Belfast… Everyone from The Byrds to the Flaming Lips are evoked in its melodies and harmonies, all of which swirl around the urbane songwriting of frontman Danny Todd.”
The Times – 4 Stars ****
“sparkling indie pop… A consistently fine debut and a great new addition to the Bella Union label”
The Sun – 4 Stars ****