The duo known as The Two Tens have racked up a lot of accomplishments since the release of their first EP, Volume 1, including three additional EPs, the full-length LP Volume, and four US tours. Not to mention that the 12-song Volume album yielded seven (yes, seven) fully-realized videos, all made on DIY budgets funded solely by the band themselves, as was the production of the first album.
Made up of Adam Bones on guitar and vocals alongside co-conspirator Rikki Styxx on drums and backing vocals, the duo’s DIY pursuits were funded the old-fashioned way: hard work, playing local gigs and selling handmade custom merch. After releasing their four EPs digitally, the band spearheaded a very successful PledgeMusic campaign to release the full-length on CD, so impressing Man Della Records in the process that the label stepped up to release Volume on 12-inch clear vinyl.
Since then, The Two Tens have signed with Man Della Records for the release of their as-yet-untitled second album. They’ve already tracked three songs in Minneapolis with producer John Fields (Dollyrots, Andrew WK, Pink), including “Keeping Hope Alive,” the lead-off single which will be released in advance of the album on February 10, 2017. Meanwhile, they’re back home in Los Angeles finishing the album with the Volume team of producer Bruce Duff (also their manager, making him an Andrew Oldham-style control freak), engineer Paul Roessler (punk demigod/L.A. studio maven) and mastering engineer Jim Diamond (who is indeed the master of modern garage/punk from the Dirtbombs to the Sonics to the White Stripes).
Also be on the lookout this December as The Two Tens will be releasing an advance track from their new album as a free download to their fans as a holiday gift.
HERE’S WHAT PRESS HAS BEEN SAYING ABOUT THE TWO TENS:
“The earworms on this album are ridiculous. I catch myself singing all parts of each track when I listen to them. The drum hits, vocals and guitar riffs complement each other well. The vocals, in terms of both lyrics and musicality, are melodious and filled with emotion. It is evident that there are deep-seated personal qualities used to enhance each of the songs.” – Jaclyn Wing, Performer Cover Feature
“Styxx ‘n’ Bones will never hurt you, but they sure will leave your ears ringing for a few days… Have they got it going on, or what?” – Blurt Magazine
“The Two Tens’ genius together is evident from the first crashing cymbal and mind-blowing guitar riff. Garage punk at its best.” – Melissa Webster, The Huffington Post
“The Two Tens exude a ferocious sound live and we don’t see any signs of them letting up.” – Los Angeles Magazine
“….an intensely raw performance.” – L.A. Record
“The Two Tens are like half the Ramones only good looking.” – Donna Balancia, California Rocker
THE TWO TENS’ TOUR DATES
Nov 21 – The Roxy Theatre – West Hollywood, CA
Dec 4 – Knitting Factory Brooklyn – Brooklyn, NY
Dec 6 – Blah Blah – Torino, Italy
Dec 7 – Officina Degli Angeli – Verona, Italy
Dec 8 – Fun House – Ancona, tally
Dec 9 – Urban – Perugia, Italy
Dec 10 – Surfer Joe – Livorno, Italy
Dec 11 – Satélite T – Bilbo – Spain
Dec 15 – Fun House – Madrid, Spain
Dec 18 – TNT Blues – Alicante, Spain
Dec 21 – Sala X – Sevilla, Spain