Fresh from a tour of the East Coast of America and appearances with STEREOLAB and DAVID GRAY, NINA HYNES and company are presently holed up in the studio recording the band’s second release – their first proper album. The complete band joining Nina in studio consists of reunited Guitarist and Producer Joe Chester, former Cactus World News Drummer Wayne Sheehy, Programmer/Sound Wizard Nico from France and ex-Mundy bassist Shane Fitzsimons…
NINA & Co. hit Irish roads in January and February 2000 for an Irish tour and then return to the U.S. in March and June 2000 for their first full U.S. tour!! The band’s debut, “CREATION” not only received great reviews in Ireland, but America has warmly embraced it. Although it hasn’t officially been released there (scheduled for March 2000), several of the songs off of it are getting strong airplay on the few radio stations it was leaked to. Nic Harcourt @ KCRW in L.A. has been a big champion of NINA on his Morning Becomes Eclectic show, which has led to strong West Coast interest and a movie soundtrack offer. Bruce Warren @ “tastemaker” radio station WXPN in Philadelphia described the release best; “It’s just beautiful. This is just an incredible sound and the songs are terrific.” The Austin Chronicle described the release as “Pure, lovely bliss; The soundtrack to all the late-night romances you never had; Mazzy Star meets Serge Gainsborough at the Cowboy Junkies’ house.” The New York Times hails NINA as “an enchanting cross between Björk and Massive Attack” One of NINA’s songs was recently used during NBC’s T.V. coverage of The French Open.
Guitars, bass, drums, technology & samples make up the core of what NINA sees as her permanent band and live act. However, she isn’t completely interested in settling down into one musical marriage, which means that there will always be a string of accompanying artists and collaborators. Two of NINA’s songs have recently been included on a new album by German Cellist Wolfram Hushcke released on BMG Classics. The album also features songs by Marianne Faithful and Mimi Goese. She recently collaborated on an album with French avant-garde producer Hector Zazou and toured Europe singing with the pianist/composer and former 4AD artist Harold Budd. NINA was also fortunate enough to be invited on stage to sing with the late Jeff Buckley during his very last visit to Belfast.
Her next collaboration comes in the form of re-mixes of two of her songs; BASS ODYSSEY (Quadraphonic) and BASIC (Kitchen Records - U2s new dance imprint) have each re-mixed a song from CREATION. Listen for the results on a dance floor near you.
Look for NINA HYNES’ CREATION available in all good record shops in the U.K. & Ireland. Also now available in America on import and through many internet retail sites, such as CDNow, CDUniverse.com, getmusic.com amazon.com, and more… Keep an eye out for NINA HYNES “live” in a city near you. In the meantime, tune in to The Discovery Channel in March 2000 for “The Lonely Planet” stopover in Ireland where NINA HYNES is the featured artist (the program goes out to over 50m viewers worldwide)…
Irish vocalist Nina Hynes spent two of her teenage years in Northern Ireland where she learned to play guitar and develop her voice. She then moved to France where she tested out her new-found talents by busking on the streets of Paris. Upon returning to Ireland, Hynes spent time alongside fellow struggling musicians Mundy and Paddy Casey during singer/songwriter nights at the International and ended up being picked up by local independent record label Reverb Records. Her six-song debut album Creation garnered favorable reviews in both Ireland and Europe. The time following the album's 1999 release was spent supporting touring acts such as Stereolab, Cat Power, and David Gray, as well as touring Europe with electronic composer Harold Budd.
— Zac Johnson
Ruby Sessions Biography:
NINA HYNES released her debut album 'Staros' in May '02 to huge critical acclaim. "The album is a tonic for Ireland's stagnant rock scene; an inventive, catchy and resonant collection.... The album runs a gamut of styles, from the spirited indie pop verve of her new single Mono Prix, to atmospheric electronica and otherworldly ballads." according to The Sunday Times. The Event Guide described the album as "Mixing pure pop, electronica and downbeat introspection into a single diverse, multi-layered yet coherent whole. 'Staros' bursts with ideas." Following on from the album release, Nina toured Ireland extensively and performed at all of the major music festivals. She was also nominated in the Best Female category at this year's Meteor Music Awards.