HERE’S WHAT FOLKS HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT THE TWO TENS’ ON REPEAT:
“On Repeat is a 14-song set that ranges from the hard-driving, straight-ahead punk intensity of the title track to Adam Bones’ urgently romantic vocals and chiming power-pop guitars on ‘Keeping Hope Alive.’” – L.A. WEEKLY
“An exercise in focused tension and bombastic release, The Two Tens’ On Repeat is the garage-punk love album you’ll want to listen to over and over again.” – ATWOOD MAGAZINE
“The Los Angeles-based duo pick up right where Volume left off with On Repeat. Bones and Styxx have that recognizable punch-to-the-gut song structure with quick bursts of garage-punk music. From the bombastic opening title track throughout the sequence,On Repeat captures the Two Tens live, in-your-face sound with the positively pop groove of ‘Keeping Hope Alive,’ to the nearly metal offering ‘Mean Spirit’ and a cover of Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s ‘Nerve Damage!’” – INNOCENT WORDS MAGAZINE
“The Two Tens’ new ‘Keeping Hope Alive’ single is seriously cool. If you ain’t hooked on these cats by this point, c’mon—unhook that respirator and get out once in awhile.” – BLURT MAGAZINE
[5/5 stars!] “… they haven’t equalled their stunning debut, they’ve surpassed it. The Two Tens are a perfect blend of old school punk energy, snotty garage attitude and sweet sixties pop, and it would seem the duo have formed a perfect partnership as they have now released two flawless albums in as many years. If The Two Tens keep up their current trajectory then I’m going to have to add another star to our rating system for their next album.” – THE PUNK SITE
“Think the Ramones with a little more vocal range and a dash more imagination.” – DEEP IN THE MUSIC
ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE TWO TENS – ON REPEAT: “The Two Tens are a fiery duo from the City of Angels that can cause a ruckus. Their sophomore release On Repeat is coming out Aug 18 via Man Della Records and it’s a banger of an album. Guitarist and vocalist Adam Bones oozes endless swagger while Rikki Styxx brings the thunder on drums. Together they create a rad sound that’s intense and harmonious.” – MOTIF MAGAZINE
“Los Angeles-based garage punk duo the Two Tens won acclaim for their raw sound on debut album Volume, and now are planning to take things in a slightly poppier — but still hardcore — direction for sophomore set On Repeat, which they are prepping for release August 18 via Man Della Records. Yahoo Music is excited to give fans a preview of the new music with the video for “Mean Spirit” — which combines a gritty, Nirvana-influenced visual theme with something unexpected … a cheeky game of dodgeball!” – YAHOO! MUSIC
“ …singer-guitarist Adam Bones and drummer-vocalist Rikki Styxx shred and smash like decades of no-frills punk-rockers before them, the DNA of the Ramones and ’70s power-pop in On Repeat’s bloodstream and veins bulging on heavier stuff, like the pugilistic “Mean Spirit.” On Repeat is as hooky as it is concise.” – BUZZBANDS L.A.
“Anyone who complains about the dearth of good rock and roll has clearly never heard L.A. duo The Two Tens.” – AXS
The Two Tens (photo: Suzi Moon)
The Two Tens have just released the follow-up effort to their acclaimed debut album Volume. Not only have the themes of heartbreak, heartache and depression reared their heads again on the L.A.-based duo’s new studio LP, On Repeat, but the pile-driving rock that dominates these 13 original tracks, along with a bludgeoning cover of Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “Nerve Damage!,” are an equal and familiar punch-in-the-gut.
What isn’t ‘on repeat’ on this effort, however, is the fact that there are some actual honest love songs featured in the mix. As singer/guitarist Adam Bones explains, “I went through some major ups and downs in the time we were writing this album and I’m pretty sure it shows.”
Building on the raw garage-punk that dominated their previous effort, the duo has also expanded their musical palette to include a poppier edge to some of the tracks. “We wanted On Repeat to be different than Volume,” drummer/background vocalist Rikki Styxx admits. “We had talked about adding more layers and getting more creative with sounds overall. We were fortunate enough to work with renown producer John Fields who has his hands in a lot of ‘pop’ albums. Also Adam started writing more love songs. There’s something to swing your hips to and something to crowd surf to. It’s got a lot of flavors that’s for sure.”
The band recorded and tracked three songs for the album with Fields at his Minneapolis studio, Creation Audio. Like Volumebefore it, they had producer/manager Bruce Duff produce the rest of the songs for On Repeat, with Paul Roessler engineering at Kitten Robot Studios and Toneduff Studio.
The Two Tens have effectively been recording and touring as a two-piece since their inception three years ago. “The benefits are that there’s only two of us,” Bones states, ”so there are only two cooks in the kitchen, so to speak. Scheduling is easier because there’s only two of us. Also, touring isn’t as difficult and it’s more comfortable.” Styxx adds, “What I’m bad at, Adam excels in and vice versa. Synergy is very important and we both work equally in our areas of strength towards the success of the band. And you get your own bench seat when you tour, c’mon now!”
The Two Tens’ On Repeat is out now on vinyl, CD, digital and streaming formats via Man Della Records. Order On Repeat
THE TWO TENS LIVE:
August 20 – The Two Tens “On Repeat” StageIt!
August 20 – The Two Tens “On Repeat” StageIt!
August 26 – Maui Sugar Mill Saloon – Tazana, CA (9pm – free show)