Knoxville, Tennessee’s 10 Years and Pennsylvania’s From Ashes to New will be bringing down the house at the Knitting Factory next Tuesday, February 6, along with special guests, Midline, and Like No One. Doors open at 6 p.m. Buy tickets here.
10 Years recently released a new album October 27 titled (how to live) As Ghosts. Some of their more popular tracks include, “Beautiful,” “Wasteland,” and their new hit “Novocaine.”
In the past, I’ve written a lot of songs that were pretty ambiguous,” offers vocalist Jesse Hasek. “But on this record, I’m comfortable being direct and talking about things that are important to me now. I’m older and find myself reflecting on the world more, especially after having traveled the globe. I’ve crossed paths with a lot of people, and perspectives shared have been enlightening for me as I look at The World, and see what’s going on around me. With the title track, ‘(how to live) AS GHOSTS,’ was inspired by traveling 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.”
The band consists of Hasek, Matt Wantland (guitar), Brian Vodinh (guitar), Kyle Mayer (drums), and Chad Huff (bass). Vodinh recorded studio drums for the band on the new album, but he will be focusing on guitar for live shows. Wantland and Vodinh recently returned to 10 Years and (how to live) AS GHOSTS was released shortly after.
“It’s funny, I named our last record From Birth to Burial (2015) because I thought it was our final record,” Hasek said. “It just didn’t feel like 10 Years without Brian and Matt, and having them back is really a reunion of the core writing team. This new record actually feels like a real rebirth for the band.”
“We’re ready to see how the world embraces the new album and a rejuvenated 10 Years,” the band stated.
From Ashes to New was formed by vocalist and guitarist Matt Brandyberry in 2013, and has gained popularity through social media. Their music focuses on redemption, liberation, and personal salvation. The band’s first break through single was “Through it All,” released November 21, 2015. It started gaining momentum in 2016.
There’s always someone involved in our lives that in the end seems to change us,” Brandyberry said. “A friend, a family member, a significant other, sometimes we’re left to wonder if it was for better or for worse. Often times we don’t know what we have until it is gone.”
From Ashes to New consists of Brandyberry, Danny Case (vocals), Lance Dowdle (guitar), and Matt Madiro (drums). Case recently joined the band July, 2017. This week, the band released their single and lyric video for “Crazy,” the first single off of their upcoming LP, The Future, releasing April 20th via Better Noise Records / Eleven Seven Music.
“Crazy” is the first look into the sophomore album from the revamped Lancaster, PA based band consisting of Founder/ Rapper/Programmer Matt Brandyberry and Guitarist Lance Dowdle with new additions Vocalist Danny Case and Drummer Mat Madiro. The band has gone through a few changes since they ended their last tour in December 2016.
Pretty much anything that could go wrong to try and slow down the process and throw you a curveball happened during the last year since we came off the road, but we came out on the other side.“ states Brandyberry “I was in a very down mind frame because of what was happening with the other members leaving and the anxiety made it difficult to write at times but ultimately I found the right people to come together and we decided we were going to write the best music we possibly could and see where that took us.”
“Crazy” is a huge anthem for the people feeling caught in the middle of a situation and confused by it all.
Crazy is, at its core, a song about someone or something driving you absolutely out of your mind and feeling unable to walk away from it. I feel like everyone at one point or another experiences that in their lives” states Danny ”For me personally, I dated someone for a very short period of time and it felt like everything I said and did was wrong. I honestly thought I was losing my mind because I knew it was a bad situation, but I just felt like I couldn’t walk away. I think having that life experience really helped when we sat down and wrote the lyrics”
“Crazy” was recorded at Atrium Audio with producers Grant McFarland and Carson Slovak (August Burns Red) and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Korn, Lamb Of God)