To be a bit tabloid, Nine Skies is a nice prog band from Nice! The first day in November the French band will release their second album Sweetheart Grips. The album is a double album and the guest musicians are very skilled and well known in the prog environment. Guests such as Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson, Steve Hackett, Frost …), Clive Nolan (Arena, Pendragon …), Dave Foster (Steve Rothery Band, Dave Foster Band …), Riccardo Romano (Ranestrane, Steve Rothery Band …) and others. The track Burn My Brain featuring Craig Blundell & Clive Nolan.
The title Sweetheart Grips refers to the practice dating back to the Second World War, when soldiers were known to take precious family photos and Pinup Girl photos and put them under clear grips on their 1911 pistols, called Sweetheart Grips. Many of the grips were made from pieces of broken plastic windows from bombers.
The album highlights the memories and feelings of a young soldier exposed to a post-traumatic syndrome, bringing out the paradox between the obvious violence of the war and the underlying humanity buried in each of us.
Nine Skies are inspired by many influences, rock, pop, progressive, classical, jazz…