10 Years Release New Single Ahead Of Album Release
Tennessee alt-metal/post-grunge act 10 Years have welcomed back members guitarist/drummer Brian Vodinh and guitarist Matt Wantland and are celebrating the occasion with their 8th studio album, available through Mascot Records. Potentially their most groundbreaking, biggest release yet, (how to live) AS GHOSTS will be out October 27th.
Singer Jesse hasek says "It's funny, I named our last record, [2015's] From Birth to Burial, because I thought it was our final record because it just didn't feel like 10 Years without Brian and Matt. But having them back is really a reunion of the core writing team and this new record actually feels like a real rebirth for the band."
With Vodinh on drums and guitar for the album (switching to just guitar for live shows), Chad Huff on bass, and Kyle Mayer on drums, Vodinh, who left the band in 2013 due to family commitments says "We're bringing it back the way they should be. It feels great to be back with these guys and we're in such a better place musicallyand creatively than ever before."
While the lineup may be familiar, they band have changed it up with their writing process, which of course contributes to the better place they’re in musically. "It used to be that just Jesse and I would write the full song, and the other guys would add a little spice to it. This time, we're starting the writing process as a full band. Sometimes it starts with a riff. Sometimes it starts with a vocal. Our formula is no formula, and it kind of works. And, we work together in a more constructive and healthier environment now," explains Vodinh.
Adding more fuel to the fire burning under the band was their sixth collaborator, Grammy award winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters, Deftones). After self-producing their last few albums, the boys handed the reins over to the talented producer. "Nick made us step outside our comfort zone," explains Hasek. "It made for a different sounding record. The one thing we never wanted to do is recreate the same thing over and over. We have always been musicians that love to explore and venture into new horizons. Nick threw us curve-balls and challenged us to re-write stuff and do things we normally wouldn't have done. He helped us cut away the fat and really get to the meat and potatoes of each song. He pushed us and was challenging at times, but it helped us grow.”
"Historically, we like to orchestrate a lot of vocal parts. We'll have harmonies and layers. This time around, Nick had us strip a lot of that away. There are a lot of moments where the only vocal is just Jesse, and not this big freaking epic thing. It makes Jesse more human. And I think the more human Jesse comes across, the more relatable his lyrics are," says Vodinh.
Raskulinecz also helped Hasek be more straightforward in his lyrics and message. "In the past, I've written a lot of songs that were pretty ambiguous. But on this record, I'm more comfortable being direct and talking about things that are important to me. I'm older and find myself reflecting on the world more especially after having travelled the world and talk to people and really see what's going on," says Hasek.
The title track, '(how to live) AS GHOSTS', is one such song. "After traveling the world and seeing all the political, social, and religious turmoil, it had me thinking about how many people are judging and preparing for death, but are actually missing life. And, instead of using spirituality for good, a lot of people use it to point fingers and judge. Instead of worrying where we end up
in the end, we need to focus on the now and the humanity."
We’re given a taste of the band’s new direction with lead single, 'Novacaine', which you can listen to above. "Six albums and a hundred songs in, I wondered if I've already written my best stuff," Hasek admits. "But at some point, you start to get real adult problems. Life h s such a numbing to it. You see people go from such optimism in their 20s to having life just beat them down later. I think we all kind of get desensitized and numb to life on some level. That's what this song is about.”
While the album isn’t their first, it does feel like a fresh start to the band. “There was a heavier, darker tone to our last record because we weren't in a good place," adds the singer. "Ghosts has a brighter side toit because we're all in a really happy, optimistic, and excited place about music and life. We're ready to see how the world embraces it."
You can grab yourself a copy of (how to live) AS GHOSTS on October 27. Pre-orders are now available here.