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10 Years

One sure fire way to get noticed is to have a song reach #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks. That may sound silly but it's true. Of course, getting to the #1 spot on any chart means the group has caught the attention of a record label and the label's management feels confident enough to invest the promotional dollars needed to get the band's name and single out there. That's what 10 Years did with "Wasteland," a track from their major label debut album "The Autumn Effect."

In the quarter century since market fragmentation became the norm rather than the exception, groups often have spent their entire, and largely successful career, playing to a relatively narrow audience without much mass recognition. "Wasteland" took the dark Progressive Rock band a little closer to the mass audience - which may or may not have been the desired result. Probably was from the label stand point.

After growing out of high school bands, the Knoxville based 10 Years finally emerged in '02. Typically, it was an indie release, "Killing All That Holds You," that got the group signed to Republic/Universal Records. From there they worked with producer Josh Abraham (Staind, Velvet Revolver) and even opened for Velvet Revolver. That didn't hurt either.

A huge album like "The Autumn Effect" can be its own prison. Expectations and demands - both internal and external (fans, record label, etc.) - takes a toll. So when it comes time to record the follow-up, especially with a different producer (Rick Parasher rather than Abraham), things can quickly come unglued.

"The title of the album is self-explanatory in the sense that we had to become so divided as individuals - and as a group - to create this," explained singer Jesse Hasek. "Because we all have such strong personalities and opinions, we had many different directions to look at things from."

"We got so fed up we just said, `Forget everybody,' and we started only listening to each other, which we hadn't been doing at all," added drummer/guitarist Brian Vodinh.

"It was through this album that we really found ourselves," concluded Hasek. "A lot of people get thrown into this kind of lifestyle and they just use it up real quick and take it for granted and then use it up and it's gone. And they're left scratching their heads going, `What happened?' I'm pretty sure now that's never going to happen to us."

Extensive touring (with Sevendust among others) preceded the '08 release of "Division," with the single "Beautiful." Two years later, "Feeding The Wolves," dropped.

10 Years entered another phase of their career with the release of "Minus The Machine." The '12 album was released on the group's own, Palehorse Records, which was part of Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group.

When bassist Lewis Cosby took time off to prepare for the birth of his first child, 10 Years recruited Ryan Collier for their North American headline tour.

"From Birth To Burial," 10 Years seventh studio album, looked as though it would be their last.

The departures rhythm guitarist Matt Wantland in '09 and Vodinh in '13, led Hasek to state that it "just didn't feel like 10 Years without (them)."

Still, the album was supported by a tour with Breaking Benjamin. But not without consequences. Ryan "Tater" Johnson announced his retirement from touring, due to back and shoulder injuries from playing live.

Wantland and Vodinh returned in '16 and as the year closed 10 Years announced they'd inked a deal with Mascot Records.

"We've got 80-percent of the original band back and with great chemistry and it's as good as what we had in the beginning," said Hasek. "They make jokes that we talk better through music than we do to each other in conversation."

"(How To Live) As Ghosts," produced Nick Raskulinecz, dropped the following year with the lead single "Novacaine," which peaked at #25 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart.

Vodinh played guitar and drums on the album. Recent addition, Kyle Mayer, served as the touring drummer.

10 Years Discography


2001 Into The Half Moon
2004 Killing All That Holds You
2005 The Autumn Effect
2008 Division
2010 Feeding The Wolves
2012 Minus The Machine
2015 From Birth To Burial
2017 (How To Live) As Ghosts

The music is dense and hard pressed. There is a darkness, augmented by hopelessness. It has certainly worked for 10 Years though they aren't all that dark.

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