The Nine Pound Hammer
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As the legendary tool of mythical strongman John Henry, the nine-pound hammer symbolizes man against emerging industrial machine — the steam engine, in this case. American tall tales symbolize the perception of pure ideals during times of rapid expansion and conflict in the wild American frontier. Harking back to a time of wagon wheels, steam engines, the cotton gin, and the workers who built the mighty railroads and paid dearly with their lives, Honolulu’s own band The Nine Pound Hammer creates new anthems for the days of old.
Combining the Southern spiritual voice with the voice and harmonies of the men of chain gangs, The Nine Pound Hammer enriches this combination with back beats and female vocals. From rowdy foot-stompers celebrating country life to darker songs of cautious and consuming mysticism, The Nine Pound Hammer enriches these stories with bass, piano, banjo, harmonica, percussion and several styles of vocals.
This band that evokes images of vagabond salesmen and snake-oil soothsayers only met in 2011 at local band Art of Whimsy’s “Stompin’” night. The fates must have worked their magic that night, as it’s hard to believe that a band this new could express such a historical musical collective consciousness of some of the toughest times in modern American history. The chemistry and musical execution is perfect, even if the times The Nine Pound Hammer sings about never were.