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The Two Tens; Photo Credit: Chris Barber
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 out July 14th. They’ve already tracked three songs in Minneapolis with producer John Fields (Dollyrots, Andrew WK, Pink), including “Keeping Hope Alive,” the lead-off single.
Meanwhile, The Two Tens are 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).
The Two Tens’ new single “Keeping Hope Alive” b/w their rousing cover of Little Richard’s “Bama Lama Bama Loo” is available on 7” vinyl, digital and streaming formats as of February 10th. Click here to order the limited “Keeping Hope Alive” 7” vinyl single.
Of the Little Richard cover, which The Big Takeover premieres today, Adam Bones reveals, ““Bama Lama Bama Loo” is my favorite Little Richard song. I think it was the first cover song we ever learned. Because of that, we figured it would be fun to record. And we recorded it live so it sounds just like how you’d hear it at a show. When we decided to put out this single, we felt that this would be a great B-side. The A-side will get you boppin’, and the B-side will get you twistin’ and shakin’!”
The Two Tens tour dates:
Mar 10 – The Museum Club – Flagstaff, AZ
Mar 12 – Goosetown Tavern – Denver, CO
Mar 16 – Reggie’s – Chicago, IL (w/ The Dollyrots)
Mar 17 – Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN (w/ The Dollyrots)
Mar 18 – The Avenue – Lansing, MI (w/ The Dollyrots)
Mar 19 – Rockstar Pro Arena – Dayton, OH (w/ The Dollyrots)
Mar 20 – Rumba Cafe – Columbus, OH (w/ The Dollyrots)
Mar 21 – Southgate House – Newport, KY (w/ The Dollyrots)
Mar 22 – The Fubar – St. Louis, MO (w/ The Dollyrots)
Mar 23 – Three Links – Dallas, TX (w/ The Dollyrots)
Mar 24 – Satellite – Houston, TX (w/ The Dollyrots)
Mar 25 – Bang Bang – San Antonio, TX (w/ The Dollyrots)
Mar 26 – Sidewinder – Austin, TX (w/ The Dollyrots)
Mar 28 – The Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ (w/ The Dollyrots)
Mar 29 – The Hideout – San Diego, CA (w/ The Dollyrots / Go Betty Go)
Mar 31 – The Hi Hat – Los Angeles, CA (w/ The Dollyrots / Go Betty Go)
Apr 01- Slidebar – Fullerton, CA (w/ The Dollyrots / Go Betty Go)
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