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The Two Tens Single Release Preview Review

Lucky enough to have an insider’s preview of the new Two Tens single, I eagerly double click on the attachment sent to me from the band’s management. I’m immediately hit with a surge of uplifting guitar chords, in tune with the single’s title, Keeping Hope Alive. A few seconds into the song, singer/guitarist Adam Bones chimes in with unmistakable Joey Ramone-esque vocals. Drummer Rikki Wylde accompanies with vintage double hits on the snare, filling out the sound with her signature backing vocals and the song is off to a great start. Rounding off with a catchy bridge, melodic solo and resounding chorus sing along variation, there really isn’t much that can go wrong. The band pays unmistakable homage to The Ramones with a slightly more pop polished sound care of producer John Fields (Dollyrots, Andrew WK, Pink).

The B side is a cover of Little Richard’s Bama Lama Bama Lu, produced by band manager and self-proclaimed control freak Bruce Duff. Here Adam’s vocals are more primal and unrestrained, reminiscent of the late great Lux Interior. While the first side was fun, I’d love to hear more of this raw urgency in one of the band’s originals.

The Two Tens are a duo consisting of singer Adam Bones and drummer Rikki Styxx. In an exclusive phone interview, Bones explained to me how the two got together to form the band. “I was playing in a band and I had a certain way of writing songs and I didn’t want to do that anymore. It was kind of dumb and I got burned out. I wanted to write fun stuff and just strip stuff down. It wasn’t like I wanted to have a certain sound, it was just kind of a simple thing.”

Styxx had been playing with Bones in his old band and Bones definitely thought she was a keeper as far as bandmates go. “I wanted to be in a band with someone I can hang out with and have fun with,” Bones says. He started writing songs with Styxx in mind as a drummer. When he approached her about playing as a two piece, he says Styxx seemed dubious, but luckily, she loved the songs enough to make a go of it. And so, The Two Tens were born.

Bones also discussed cultivating the band’s sound as a two-piece rock band. “We wanted to make sure we didn’t sound too thin,” Bones explains. “We worked on the way Rikki played drums, with a boomier kick drum and heavier floor tom sound. I play out of a guitar and bass amp. I split my signal.” This formula results in feedback that confirms that The Two Tens deliver a ‘full rock band sound’ live.

The Two Tens will be releasing their single on Man Della Records, on the coincidental date of 2-10-17. On 2-11 they will be playing at The Redwood Bar in downtown Los Angeles for their single release party. It is there that they will be previewing their single live for the first time as well.

The band has plans for a full length album release on the same label, which may be proceeded by the release of another single. This will be the second full length release from the band, their first album being Volume which is out on CD and digital formats on Ugly Sugar Records and vinyl via Man Della Records. Other plans in the works for the band include video releases for the album tracks, and a North American tour, all to be firmed up in the coming days. To keep current on breaking news from the band, visit them on the web at:

www.thetwotens.com

http://facebook.com/thetwotens

There’s a new band in town but you can’t get the sound from the story in a magazine…so get out there and buy the single and go see The Two Tens when they come to your town. Support the Two Tens, support local music.

Marissa Bergen
The Edjacated Phools

The Edjacated Phools

If you haven’t heard of the Edjacated Phools yet, you will soon. The Edjacated Phools are a 6-piece fusion band based out of Baltimore, MD. The first time I heard them play they were opening for The Expendables and Passafire at Soundstage in Baltimore. As soon as they hit the stage I was immediately drawn to the sound of their music, which is truly original and leaves you wanting more. Kyle Sappington flows effortlessly on the mic and Nick Hatzis complements him well with crazy strong vocals. Although they have only been together for around 2 years, they produce music that is definitely on par with, or even superior to groups that have been touring for years. The band combines a blend of rock, reggae, hip-hop, ska and punk which is familiar yet unique. The message they put out is simple but powerful, “spread some mother fuckin love”. When you get the opportunity to speak to any of the members you are left feeling calm, enlightened and most of all feeling the love. They produce some of the most spectacular music out on the market today check it out here https://edjacatedphools.com/music/ . You can also check them out at https://edjacatedphools.com/ or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/edjacatedphools/ . I will be talking to Kyle Sappington on next episode of the Degenerate News Podcast so be sure to look out for that!

The band is looking forward to releasing its first full-length LP in early 2017.

The Regrettes Record Release Party At The Echo

It’s Friday night and there is a line forming outside the door at The Echo, a night club located in the edgy Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park, CA. Luckily the line is limited to ticket holders only as The Regrettes’ record release party had sold out some hours before. It is a momentous occasion for the band who have come a long way in a short time, starting as rock school students now on their way to the crowning title of full fledged rock stars, celebrating the release of ‘Feel Your Feeling Fool!’ on Warner Brothers records.

The club was filling up as opening band Starcrawler took the stage, fronted by ‘charismatic is an understatement’ lead singer, Arrow De Wilde. A teen sensation well beyond her years, Arrow conjures Iggy Pop like insanity with her stage moves, as her reverb laden band lays down aggressive riffs leaving behind a beautiful mess of rock n’ roll destruction. Spitting blood and destroying pillows, some may argue that Starcrawler stole the show.

With their work cut out for them, Dog Party was up next. A sister guitar and drum duo, who boast opening slots for Green Day and Best Coast, the band offered a high energy retro punky vibe.

Finally, The Regrettes took the stage. For those not familiar with the band, singer Lydia Night started her rock n’ roll journey as a School of Rock student. At the tender age of 7 she decided to expand her horizons, writing original music in a two piece guitar and drum rock band called Pretty Little Demons. The band had quite a bit of success but eventually disbanded.

Bandless and depressed, Lydia soon turned to School of Rock alum Genessa Gariano who was fronting her own band as a guitarist and singer, along with Sage Nicole ofnbass and Maxx Morando on drums. Lydia offered the three piece the opportunity to play in her band, and The Regrettes were born.

The Regrettes have worked on cultivating a garage-y sound that one might say could be described as The Ramones meets The Ronettes with a bit of Hole thrown in for good measure. Their message is one of feminism, teenage laments and self acceptance. Their single, “Real Life Human Girl”, caught the attention of Knoller Management who was successful in turning Warner Brothers on to the band. Boasting lyrics like,

I’ve got pimples on my face And grease in my hair
And freckly legs, go ‘head and stare
An ass full of stretchmarks and little boobs
A nice full belly that’s filled with food
Sometimes I’m pretty, and sometimes I’m not
So let’s take a listen Hit me with your best shot

Now here the girls are, releasing their first album, Lydia having just turned 16 years old.

Last Friday night, The Regrettes were in rare form. Lydia, who is often a bit aloof with the audience, really came into herself as a lead singer. Adorned in a black dress and red lipstick, Lydia threw herself around the stage in all her rock star glory. She conversed with the audience and joked, touched on political issues, and even broke up a near altercation in the mosh pit. Her band played behind her delivering tight 60’s influenced punk with a fuzzy guitar, stripped down yet powerful drumming and girl group harmonies The Marvellettes might marvel over.

After the show the band came back graciously to do a meet and greet with the many fans who were lining up to speak to them. A cake was brought out which boasted the album cover, which, ironically, features the band sitting on top of a cake. I briefly wondered whether this could be cake-ception, but all thoughts of that were replaced by wondering if the white frosted cake was filled with chocolate and, if so, would I be lucky enough to get a piece. However, after lingering some time, it seemed that there was no cake forthcoming, so I left the venue, with a CD instead.

-Marissa Bergen