Melanie Mae Williamson

Taking the Metalcore World by Storm: An Interview with Late 9

Music Scene Media
Aug 25, 2023
4 min read
PHOTO: Tia-Alexi Roberts

Late 9 are a metalcore/post-hardcore band hailing from Boston, MA that is made up of Kyle Farrar (vocals), Dennis Burt (guitar), Jaie Beaudet (guitar), Shaye Pagel (bass), and Chris Jordan (drums). The quintet have been going viral on social media, and for good reason. Late 9 are bringing a modern edge to classic metalcore, along with a genuine message and a sense of community. Their latest release, "Breathe for Me", features an exciting collaboration with Tom Kiely of Patient Sixty-Seven.

We had the opportunity chat with the band recently about this release, and more!

MSM: What first ignited your passion for music? 

KY FARRAR (Vocalist): Having been raised in a family of musicians, and always having that kind of love for performing, naturally I really wanted to take things to the next level and really pursue it and make my family proud. My main goal is making them smile at the end of the day and just having a good time!!

MSM: How was Late 9 formed, and is there a story behind the name?

LATE 9: We started releasing songs in 2020 with the same lineup as now, but it wasn’t until 2022 though where we really got our stuff together and decided this world was ours for the taking. Regarding the question on the band name though, being born in the Late 90s and being unsure of a name we decided, Fuck it we are Late 9 and that is how it is staying.

MSM: How will “Breathe For Me” compare to your previous releases? 

LATE 9: It's a body of work that sounds matured next to our previous songs. It's more in the face, it's got the heavy, and it's got the melodies, and there's a lot of versatility within it vocally and instrumentally. Also, it has a very personal message in the lyrics that we hope resonates on a personal level with our fans.         

MSM: How did you become involved with Patient Sixty-Seven? 

KY FARRAR (Vocalist): I've been homies with Tom Kiely from P67 for a while, and we thought it would be great to write a song and invite him on a track to merge both Late 9 and Patient Sixty-Seven's fanbases together into one big army/family.

MSM: Who are your biggest musical influences, and how have they helped to shape your sound? 

LATE 9: Motionless In White, A Day To Remember, Bullet For My Valentine, Coheed And Cambria, Currents, Blessthefall, and Sleeping With Sirens. There is a wide variety of influence to help cater to continuing our own unique sound and not settling for one specific sound that is being recycled in todays industry.

MSM: How do you stand out among today’s crowded industry? 

LATE 9: We stand out because we write about real life experiences and try to pass a genuine message through a unique sound. It's undeniable we have diehard support backing us and we experience genuine love for our craft on a daily basis from thousands of people around the world. We respect one another and our fans, and we believe there is a massive lack in the community nowadays which makes us stand out even more. We are set for great things now it's just time to capitalize on the opportunities we have in front of us!!

MSM: Can you tell us about a particularly memorable performance or moment in your career?

DENNIS BURT (Guitarist): We played a packed house in Plattsburgh, NY in a wild dive bar called the Monopole. It was very close and intimate, and people were singing along to our music. There was so much movement that it felt as if the floor was going to cave in, and it was a beautiful experience.

MSM: What are your future goals and aspirations as a band, and what steps are you taking to achieve them?

LATE 9: We have plans to tour the US in 2024, and we are taking all the steps needed to make that happen. We're making connections, being observant of the amount of funds we need to prepare with, and the things we need to expect while on the road. We also have a lot of new music coming for y’all.

MSM: What have you been listening to lately? 

LATE 9: Motionless In White, Deadsouth, The Spill Canvas, Blink 182, Dayseeker, Two Steps From Hell...all sorts of stuff!!

MSM: What’s your motto or some good advice that you live by?

JAIE BEADUET (Guitarist): One thing I’ve always said to myself is, “If you want something to happen, don’t overlook your desires, keep them close, and manifest on a day to day basis.”

MSM: Do you have anything else that you’d like to share with your fans? 

LATE 9: Late 9 is not stopping and we are coming stronger than ever to take this to the top of the food chain. We appreciate all of the support we get everyday and it helps drive us to keep this going, we love you all!! ONE BIG FAMILY!!

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