When vocalist/guitarist Greg Hampton (Alice Cooper, Lita Ford) and guitarist Ed Mundell (Monster Magnet) began hanging out together the guys just wanted to jam. They picked up their guitars and went old school, culling inspiration from the likes of Tommy Bolin, Deep Purple, Mahogany Rush, and Led Zeppelin, and more modern acts like Soundgarden. They soon found their musical kinship translated into a special songwriting chemistry as well. Before long it became clear that this was too good to stay between the two of them.
Hampton reached out to Gov’t Mule bassist Jorgen Carlsson and legendary stick man Vinnie Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio). The quartet began recording the songs that were just flowing from the finger tips of Hampton and Mundell. Before long they had more than two albums worth of material that is rooted in classic rock, but wrapped up in a very modern hard rock vibe.
There’s no cut and paste ProTools creationism on the band’s self-titled 14-track debut album which comes out later this month. This is just four guys jamming it out old school, organic and raw, the way rock music was born to be played.
On the day following the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, I sat down and talked at length with Greg Hampton about the birth of 9 Chambers, his love of and tribute to Tommy Bolin, his thoughts on 9/11, and what’s wrong with music these days. We also spoke about Aleister Crowley and the origins of the band’s unique name. So tune in and hear what Greg has to say, then head over to the band’s websites and listen to what the buzz is all about.