10 Years Biography
Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, 10 Years is an alternative hard rock band with an incomparable sound that is destined to create an island of its own. Formed three years ago, 10 Years created a strong underground following with their independent release Killing All That Holds You. In 2005, 10 Years signed with Republic/Universal Records, entered the studio with producer Josh Abraham (Staind, Velvet Revolver) and recorded their debut album The Autumn Effect.
The Autumn Effect has arrived just in time to counteract the cynicism and to take rock music to its next logical destination. "Humanity is slowly shutting down," says the band's frontman Jesse Hasek, who points to the current rock scene as a prime example of this lack of community. "Music is supposed to be about intensity and feeling, but there's no thinking behind the music that's out there today. We want people to think, to feel emotions again. We're always plugged in, or connected to something, part of the machine, but the more we plug in, the less human we become."
10 Years has evolved from a wake of high school metal bands, to the more melodic, heavy fusion of The Autumn Effect. "Less is more," the band says of their sound, and nowhere is that more apparent than the summer radio hit, "Wasteland." The title track swirls as an intrepid soundscape with an influx of modern aggression, from a whisper to a scream that could fill a stadium, from strum to angst and back again. Sledgehammer riffs propel the cosmic "Empires," while the sun-drenched "Prey" builds into a heavy metal gape, the perfect combination of breezy pacing and humid undertones. Melody marches through "Waking Up" and "The Recipe" is an exhilarating blitz of frenetic energy, while "Half-Life" kicks the ears in, each track exhibiting a new, distant depth of 10 Years' that seamlessly stretch them, morphing into a progressive realm far beyond the scope of modern flash-in-the-pan comparisons.
The Autumn Effect resonates as much lyrically as it does musically. "Prey," for instance, was inspired by the band's move to Los Angeles to record their debut album, and Hasek's observation that people in L.A. drive cars worth more than some of the houses in their Tennessee hometown. "Empires" is about this generation of people who are addicted to material possessions and rely upon these possessions to satisfy all the needs of life. "The Recipe" is about how casual consumption of lust with random strangers devalues and destroys the ability to love. "We are living in an individualistic ego driven society that celebrates fame, lacks ambiguity that is incapable of deep sustained attention with no discontinuity between life and art. "Seasons To Cycles" is about people who build walls to separate themselves from others. In building walls we lose contact with people and we don't realize these same walls confine the growth of relationships. Whether we're talking about love, substance abuse, temptation, or whatever, all the songs are about life, and the emotions that we all go through," says Hasek. "Life is an organic process of growth and decay, and it is unavoidable in nature."
In 2004 and 2005, 10 Years has opened for the likes of Velvet Revolver and Static X, more than holding their own, while making new fans all along the way. 10 Years offer more than just music and words they deliver a mission statement: just call The Autumn Effect the soundtrack to our new and improved lives, a signpost to a future where we're more than just cogs in the machine, but vibrant beings that can touch the God within.
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Great. | Reviewer: The Flautzinator | 4/24/10
These guys are really good. To me, they are one of the most unique bands in this modern age of rock. I see no MAJOR influence whatsoever from any other bands. I think the siger coincidently sounds like Maynarnd James Keenan, becuase he sounds way different when he gets loud.
oh yeah. | Reviewer: Hei | 3/3/07
they're just like Breaking Benjamin o__o usually I listen to deathmetal but these guys rocks :O
I Love 10 Years | Reviewer: Cortney | 4/7/06
Ten Years ROCKs!! i want to get their cd really bad!!!!!I don't have any money though..i think my mom's givin me 20 dollars this weekend though but i have to get her and my best friend a b-day present!!!what should i do? I want the cd REALLY BAD!!!I love Them.. I stayed up really early in the morning one day to watch them sing live on fuse for the third time(I saw it twice earlier that day already..it was a repeat...for the third time...i still wanted to watch it again though)
Awesome... | Reviewer: Key Lime Pie | 10/22/05
This band is awesome. I don't care what you say.
Yes, he does sound a little like Maynard James in some of their songs, but at least you can safely say that Maynard is a definite influence.
And Maynard is good, right?
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