In a Forest of Whispering Speakers

Max and I will be performing alongside our friends Sage and Mac from the Waning Light on New Year’s Eve.  All performers for the event will be covering songs by the Tragically Hip.  I (Dave) am co-hosting the event and members of Black Mountain, Bison, Needles/Pins, and Pride Tiger will be headlining the event.  All ticket sales will be donated to the Gordon Downie / Chanie Wenjack fund.  We have carefully picked out a killer setlist of old and new Tragically Hip songs to play.  Behold:


I’d like to extend a gigantic thank you to Innovative Music and Arts World for including “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Slums” among their top 30 records from 2017.  You can read their words about the list below:

Sorry if your album/single didn’t make my top 30 AOTY/Singles list (I still love your music). It was a tough decision, but these albums/singles definitely deserved it (in no particular order):

1. Sannhet – “So Numb”
2. Spotlights – “Seismic”
3. The Contortionist – “Clairvoyant” 
4. dälek – “Endangered Philosophies”
5. Sadistik – “Altars”
6. Astralia – “Solstice”
7. arms and sleepers – “Life Is Everywhere”
8. Kristoff Krane – “Kairos, Pt. 1”
9. Mogwai – “Every Country’s Sun”
10. Samoans – “Laika”
11. Quicksand – “Interiors”
12. Aesop Rock – “Bushwick (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)”
13. Nikko Knight – “Darkness (Single)”
14. Chelsea Wolfe – “Hiss Spun”
15. To Destroy A City – “Go Mirage”
16. Nine Inch Nails – “Add Violence”
17. soup – “Remedies”
18. Behind the Shadow Drops – “H a r m o n i c”
19. THiS – “Hoc Est”
20. Onry Ozzborn – “c v p ii d” & “Black Phillip”
21. Sleep Maps – “No More Good Dreams”
22. Seven Nines and Tens – “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Slums”
23. Living Phantoms – “Memory Palace”
24. And So I Watch You From Afar – “The Endless Shimmering”
25. Citizen – “As You Please”
26. Thavius Beck – “Technol O.G.”
28. Conscious Mindz – “Unplug”
29. Ghostpoet – “Dark Days + Canapes”
30. Gonjasufi – “Mandela Effect”

In closing, cheers to the radio program Rocket From Russia for including us on their most recent episode along with many of our friends and peers based in our home, Vancouver.  The program made a deep dive and played our track “Voir Dire” from our first record “Habit 67”  read all about that below as well:

Episode #250, Lots of Local Music

Hello Hello Hello!

Few months ago I started a Spotify playlist called “Vancouver Punk”. This playlist of local music isn’t limited to punk rock, but limited to what is available in Spotify’s library. The goal of this playlist is to celebrate awesome local music scene we have in Vancouver and to help people discover those great local bands. I already have 150+ bands on the list right now and it keeps growing. Throughout making this playlist I discovered some new bands myself and in the first block of this episode I played those bands – IndicationsNO LIARSThe I In TeamViewMasterLoans and Seven Nines and Tens.

My friends from The Corps got an awesome opening spot for local legends Gob. I did a ticket give away to that show and played their hits.

And the final block features hits by The Greatest SonsShockloadDead End Drive-InOFF BY AN INCH who played a show at The Pub 340.

FRENZAL RHOMB – Cruelty To Animals [Forever Malcolm Young]
INDICATIONS – Frame Error [The Joy of Being Permanently Vacant]
NO LIARS – Animal [The Cause And The Cure]
THE I IN TEAM – London Lullabies [Fallen Not Forgotten]
VIEWMASTER – Caved In [Alternative Classics]
LOANS – Introspect [Self Loaning]
SEVEN NINES AND TENS – Voir Dire [Habitat 67]
GOB – Oh! Ellin [Foot in Mouth Disease]
THE CORPS – The Island [Punkouver, vol. 1]
THE GREATEST SONS – 1982 [We’ll Take The Road]
SHOCKLOAD – Day By Day [Punkouver, vol. 1]
DEAD END DRIVE-IN – When We Get Older [B Movies]
OFF BY AN INCH – Complete Disaster [Demo]
BIG D AND THE KIDS TABLE – Wailing Paddle [Gipsy Hill]

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Hi team,

We have been jamming with drummer Alexander James Glassford who is a local session veteran and jazz school, graduate.  He brings a level of sophistication and skill to the band that we aren’t accustomed to.  We are definitely collectively buzzing from the music we are creating.  Speaking of, album 3 is nearly finished being written.  The working song titles are as follows:

  1. Immaterial
  2. Extraordinary Popular Delusions
  3. War Memorial Award Tour
  4. Panned Flashes
  5. Sunshine

We can’t wait for you to hear what we’ve been working on.  – Dave



A nice review from Heathen Harvest

Hi folks,

Max and I are still alive and kicking.  I’ve been working on our 3rd record daily and it’s shaping up nicely.  I keep saying its a mix of the progressive approach on Habitat 67 and the more shoegaze post-rock material on Constants & Axioms and Set the Controls for the Heart of the Slums.  I’m not joking either when I say there are some big ol’ denim vest motorcycle riffs in the mix as well.  I’ve always had a huge soft spot for big dumb riffs like “The Bomber” by The James Gang or “North Dakota” or “Violent Dreams” by Thrush Hermit.  If I’m able to get my act together and put the work in, there should be a noted increase in vocals on album 3 as well.  Cross your fingers.

In the meantime here is a nice review from a while ago that somehow just got published a week or so ago.  The reviewer has inadvertently laid a challenge down to us, as they feel we have yet to best our live sound on record.  I agree and consider this inadvertent challenge accepted!  – Cotton

“It strikes that balance between sophistication and accessible simplicity. In a word, they are wholly uplifting to listen to.”

Heathen Harvest Set the Controls Review


It is with regret that I have to announce that our guitarist Riley McGuire and drummer Drew Christie have chosen to leave Seven Nines & Tens.  They both play in mathy/emo band Guilt Trap, so if you’re into that style – you’ll love em.  We played too many amazing shows with them to count.  Alcest, Spotlights, Astronoid, Bosse De Nage, Minus the Bear, Sumac, Baptists, North, So Hideous, Solstafir, and Ancient VVisdom are just a sample of the acts we shared the stage with during their tenure in the band.

Max and I (Dave) are presently searching for a new drummer.  Right now I’m browsing new Seven Nines & Tens music on my laptop and it’s safe to say writing for Album 3 has been well underway for over a year now.  Those of you who saw us play over the last few months may recall a new song we’ve been playing.  It’s working title is “Immaterial.”  Now that the dust has settled a bit with the two guys leaving (it happened about a month ago)  I go back and listen to the countless demos and chop sessions we worked on for this new song and I feel pride for the steps we made to hone in on what our vision of a great song.  I can’t wait to record it properly and share it with you all.  I think it features the prog rock leanings of our first couple of releases with further explorations of heavy, wall of sound post rock.

Thanks for following us for all these years, it’s a typical platitude, but we really are just getting started.  Much Love, Dave / Seven Nines & Tens


Shows shows shows

Our show with Alcest was amazing.  Their frontman Neige actually stopped and watched us soundcheck with our song I Come From Downtown.  He only watched for about 30 seconds but if you consider that man has written some of the best guitar rock known to mankind, it was pretty sweet.

Here is a pic of myself with Neige from Alcest


We debuted a new song at the Alcest show as well.  It doesn’t have a name yet but it’s been fun to dive headfirst into the songwriting/creation process again.  We worked on fine tuning it quite a bit and I subjectively feel it’s a step in our personal sonic evolution.

We have a few shows that have to be confirmed yet but for now please join us at the following:

Rishloo / This Patch of Sky / Guilt Trap / Seven Nines & Tens

Thursday February 23rd @ the Astoria

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Miens / The Waning Light / Seven Nines & Tens

Saturday April 15th @ 333

Conan / North / Mendozza / Seven Nines & Tens / HERON

Saturday May 13th @ the Astoria

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Thanks to Timothy Nguyen Photography for these pics of us at the Rickshaw Theatre during our set supporting Alcest.