The 99 Degree: Love (Like I Need You)/ Bed Of Bones – single review
The 99 Degree
Love (Like I Need You)/ Bed Of Bones
Double A- side single
Sour Grapes Records
Manchester purveyors of dirty surf The 99 Degree bring out their new double A-side single Love (Like I Need You)/ Bed Of Bones.
Echoing guitars and vocals characterise the rough and ready sound The 99 Degree have gone for with their new single. The double A-side features more amazing guitars and deliberately ragged vocals.
Love (Like I Need You) is faintly dischordant and the band have resisted any urge they may have had to sanitise their sound during the recording process. Although there are some excellent guitars on the track, it is fairly pared-down. There is a down-at-heel air to the song, which is a little dirge-like occassionally. The sentiment of being too tired and cold to love anyone is fairly in keeping with the dark presentation. The whole thing feels excellently bleak.
Bed of Bones begins with gorgeous Spaghetti Western-style riffs before the vocals kick in. More up-beat than Love ( Like I Need You) and a much more lavish affair, this is really one of the band’s strongest tracks live. The recording has really done the material justice. Although still suitably rough around the edges, Bed Of Bones is catchy AF and an all-round winner of a song, with superb guitars and vocals.
Currently described as ‘Black Surf’ The 99 Degree have carved out their own niche. With influences such as Surf, Rockabilly, Punk and 60’s Garage Rock, they have a sound all their own. Stalwarts of the Manchester DIY scene, The 99 Degree have confirmed a slot at Kendal Calling and are planning an EP and Tour later this year. Following on from 2017’s excellent Boot Hill Social Club EP, Love (Like I Need It)/ Bed Of Bones is another intriguing and enjoyable release from this unique band.
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