The Two Tens

 

"Adam bleeds rock n' roll....which is my only requirement!!" - Rikki Styxx

Garage punk at its best, "Scene" is a high energy explosion of sound that hits its mark from the first outburst, making one wonder how it can possibly come from a band made up of only two people. Realizing they had the same work ethic, compatible styles and philosophy about rock n roll, The Two Tens band is the latest pairing of Adam Bones (previously of Adam Bones) on vocals and guitar, and Rikki Styxx (formerly of the Woolly Bandits) on drums, and their genius together is evident from the first crashing cymbal and mind-blowing guitar riff. Planned as four EPs named Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3 and Volume 4, respectively, releasing over the next four months and culminating on February 10th (Two Tens) as a full-length LP titled Volume, Adam Bones assures us "each EP will have its own surprises [that'll] range in style within the umbrella of... garage punk." "Scene" is the first of many video releases over the next four months from the Volume series.

After releasing two EPs of hyperkinetic power-pop, singer-guitarist Adam Bones has stripped back to the bare essentials. The Two Tens is his new two-piece with drummer Rikki Styxx, and the duo debuted last month with a three-song outing titled “Volume 1.” Nothing over-thought or overwrought here: The Two Tens serve up lightning-quick garage rock that turns the clock back to first-wave punk. The single “Scene” persistently asks “Where’s your scene?” and delivers an answer in just over two minutes: Wherever you’re keeping your old Ramones vinyl.

The Two Tens’ “Sweet As Pie” is quite possibly the most blissful two minutes you will spend all day, because hooky power-pop can do that and because the L.A. duo have shown they can get in and out of a song faster than it takes you to order your exotic soy latté. And because … well, roller derby. The LA Derby Dolls star in the new video made by J Gatsby and Larry Niehues; the song appears on “Volume 2,” the second of four EPs planned from singer-guitarist Adam Bones and drummer Rikki Styxx. Like November’s “Volume 1,” this week’s three-song release is all of seven minutes long, which, as adrenaline rushes go, is just about perfect.

 

The Two Tens’ “Sweet As Pie” is quite possibly the most blissful two minutes you will spend all day, because hooky power-pop can do that and because the L.A. duo have shown they can get in and out of a song faster than it takes you to order your exotic soy latté. And because … well, roller derby. The LA Derby Dolls star in the new video made by J Gatsby and Larry Niehues; the song appears on “Volume 2,” the second of four EPs planned from singer-guitarist Adam Bones and drummer Rikki Styxx. Like November’s “Volume 1,” this week’s three-song release is all of seven minutes long, which, as adrenaline rushes go, is just about perfect. - See more at: http://www.buzzbands.la/2014/12/03/video-premiere-two-tens/#sthash.ccFssjov.dpuf

Dynamic Los Angeles rock duo The Two Tens, aka Adam Bones (guitar/vocals) and Rikki Styxx (drums), are set to release Volume 3 EP, the third of their four volume garage-punk assemblage, on February 10th (2/10!). The duo originally played together in the band Adam Bones but when that band began to falter, they realized that it was time for a change. With a similar sense of humor, work ethic and musical chemistry that just clicked, they knew that they could put their punk rock influences and penchant for having fun to good use. And boy are we glad they did!

Looking back on their previous rock n’ roll exploits, Volume 1 EP gave us hard-hitting pop delights such as “Scene” and “I Can’t Win” that felt reminiscent of early White Stripes and Ramones. Volume 2 EP showcased some deepened harmonies and epic guitar licks in “Dreams” and edgy power-pop tinged number “Can’t Pull Through.” That certainly had our ears perked and when we got a sneak peak of “Rush Out” from the forthcoming Volume 3 EP, it was a pure adrenaline rush that had our blood pumping.

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Los Angeles duo The Two Tens have a penchant for adrenaline pumping garage-punk songs and their new music video, “Rush Out,” which Grimy Goods has premiered today, is a perfect visual match for their revved up, rock ‘n’ roll sound. For the vintage cars, the band reached out to some good friends, and ended up borrowing a 1970s Ford Maverick from Bonnie Buitrago (of Nashville Pussy) and Larry Ramirez’s (of the Lonesome Ones) 1968 Chevy Camaro. Director Matt Carrillo got those speed-fueled action shots by attaching GoPro Cameras on the cars, as well as using a drone, and had the band speed towards each other. There’s no doubt that watching this video will make you feel like you’re right there with the band letting loose in the desert and putting the pedal to the metal.

With all but just two people, The Two Tens get a perfect 10 at The Satellite

After catching The Two Tens live this past Tuesday night at the Satellite, I wouldn’t be surprised if their plans of “Taking over the world!” would actually see its fruition. The new Los Angeles-based duo composed of all but two people, Adam Bones (guitar/vocals) and Rikki Styxx (drums) playfully ripped through a 40-minute set of pure garage grit. Blasting out hard licks from their collection of three EPs, The Two Tens put on nothing short of a robust performance.

With an intrigue similar to that of the White Stripes, The Two Tens create a ferocious sound with just one guitar and a set of drums. Adam and Rikki’s chemistry on the stage only added to their unwavering confidence. The two seemed very comfortable in their own skin, poking fun at each other while the crowd laughed, which really procured an intimate vibe where fans were not afraid to wild out and shake those hips. From the girl dancing in her black leather daisy dukes, to the dude wearing a knit beanie that appeared to have ears, everyone of the floor was rocking out to the sun-kissed garage punk sounds of The Two Tens. They definitely have a Southern California feel to them. I mean, did you see their new video for “Rush Out”? Nothing screams Southern California like vintage muscle cars, blue skies and rock ‘n’ roll.

Kicking off their performance with the fiery two-minute and 18-second number, “Scene” — The Two Tens quickly let fans know their show was going to be a damn good time. Adam handled his guitar with tireless conviction, quickly unraveling his tightly set Afro. Not even the multiple applications of Aqua Net could hold down that ‘fro!

Slamming down on the skins with nothing but smiles, Rikki is one badass drummer. She never missed a beat and did it all with a smile (with the occasional lip biting here and there). While songs like “Ella Dont Like My Hat” had our heads bopping to Rikki’s infectious beat, tracks like “Dreams” had us swaying to Adam’s melodic vocals. The song is one of my favorites from the three volumes of EPs they shared. Although it starts slow and steady (for rock ‘n roll) at about the two minute mark, The Two Tens unleashed a masterful 40 seconds of an all instrumental shred, and it was fucking amazing. Listen to the song here and imagine it live. It was truly riveting.

Once The Two Tens blasted through all three EPs, the band continued to play a couple more songs from their forthcoming Volume 4 EP. Soaked in 80s punk tones, with the vibrant sounds of Southern California garage rock, The Two Tens provide a raucous live show that is just as good if not better than what you hear on their EPs. Proving that they can rip live as well as their studio recordings is not something that every band can do (unfortunately). But The Two Tens were clearly made for a live show. From their incredible sound to their dynamic stage presence, this band has got it going on!

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They may be all but just two people, but The Two Tens are a hot new L.A. duo to be reckoned with. Made up of Adam Bones on the punk rock vocal vibrato (and shredding guitar), and Rikki Styxx playfully pounding away on the skins, The Two Tens exude a ferocious sound live. The band just released three back-to-back EPs, with a fourth on the way, and we don’t see any signs of them letting up. Catch them at SXSW on March 21 at Valhalla.

LA’s own garage punk band The Two Tens started the party. The duo, comprised of Adam Bones (vocals/guitars) and Styxx (drums) put on an intensely raw performance, which included their catchy song “Dreams.”

While most rock 'n' roll duos with a male guitar player and a female drummer invariably draw lazy comparisons to the White Stripes, Los Angeles's The Two Tens are committed wholeheartedly to power-punk, and have more in common with the Mr. T Experience and the Briefs. Frontman Adam Bones and drummer Rikki Styxx formed the band only a short time ago, but they've already released three EPs fervently espousing the philosophy of short, fast, and loud. With songs rarely passing the three-minute mark, the Two Tens summon the frantic, fuck-all energy of the Ramones, if the Ramones had smiled a lot more and sneered a lot less. If these two are as fun to watch live as they are to listen to, tonight will be the most dumb fun you've had since pogoing at your first all-ages show.

The duo were all electric attitude onstage, grinning at one another between bouts of ripping tunes open. Drummer Rikki Styxx (who makes Sonics drummer Dusty Watson a happily married man!) is one of those drummers who makes it look far too fun and easy up there. It’s as if she just sits on the drum throne and exhales. It was a blast to watch her go to town alongside guitarist and lead singer Adam Bones, whose bouncing hair and commanding voice carry the energy of a kickboxing fight ... on a trampoline.

Styxx ‘n’ Bones will never hurt you, but they sure will leave your ears ringing for a few days…

Who is that masked man? Okay, so there’s two of ‘em, neither is masked, and only one is male. But they call themselves Adam Bones and Rikki Styxx, so we’ve got a right to ask ‘cos those are a couple of the most rock ‘n’ roll names currently going. The L.A. duo is closing in on the final installment of a four-part EP series, and with Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3 having caused quite the critical and fan buzz, we’re damn psyched to be able to unveil an exclusive for BLURT readers.

As The Two Tens, though, they’ve apparently found their calling and have been compared to everyone from Ramones to White Stripes to sundry Nuggets combos. Have they got it going on, or what?

Video Premiere: The Two Tens Debut ‘Ella Don’t Like My Hat’

Los Angeles-based garage/punk duo the Two Tens have a forthcoming studio album, Volume, out Feb. 26th via Ugly Sugar Records. To give fans a taste of the record, Yahoo Music is excited to debut the video for single “Ella Don’t Like My Hat.“ 

Frontman Adam Bones explains of the tune: "The song originated from a lunch I had with my friend, Ella. I showed her some pictures on my phone. I happened to be wearing a hat in a couple of the photos and she literally said, ‘I don’t like that hat.’ I laughed because I wasn’t expecting that comment. And it inspired me to write the song.

"Our friends, The Enclave, directed the video. They wanted to do a video with us for a while. They reached out to us with a really fun idea for this song. They contacted Goorin Bros on Melrose and set it up where we could shoot in the store and use their hats. It was a super fun shoot. And an added bonus, that’s the actual Ella in the vid. And another bonus, that red hat she was wearing is called ‘Princess Ella,’ it was all meant to be!”

Watch The Two Tens’ new video for “Ella Don’t Like My Hat” — debut album “Volume” out 2/26

Los Angeles duo The Two Tens are shredding your way with the forthcoming release of their debut album, Volume. The 12-track record is set for release February 26 via Ugly Sugar Records, and its already promising to be a high octane garage-punk banger. You just can’t help but jump and cut loose while listening to this record.

To celebrate the upcoming release, the band has shared the video for the explosive “Ella Don’t Like My Hat.” The video kicks off with The Two Tens doing what they do best: shredding. With Rikki Styxx rolling a fierce beat on the drums and guitarist/vocalist Adam Bones throwing up fists as he comes up from railing a wicked riff, The Two Tens new video then takes you through some performance video mixed in with some hat store creepin’. Watch the video below to see the creeping’ pay off.

Track Premiere: The Two Tens “Dreams”

Swingin’ song from rockin’ duo’s upcoming new album literally breaks the mold for them.

It’s called Volume and it arrives Feb. 26 via Ugly Sugar Records: that would be L.A. garage-thump duo Two Tens, and in the proverbial stroke of serendipity (or just dumb rock ‘n’ roll coincidence, take yer pick), we at BLURT get to premiere a new track from the Two Tens on the actual date two-ten. That’s 2/10/16 in case you don’t have a calendar handy. Check it out, devoted readers—the tune is “Dreams,” and it’s one of the best tracks ever by guitarist/vocalist Adam Bones and drummer Rikki Styxx. Who, we might add, previously premiered a none-too-shabby video right here last summer.

Notes Adam, of the track, “’Dreams’ is one of the more unique songs on the album. It’s the only one that swings and it’s the only one with a ‘bass’ line. I put bass in quotes because a bass guitar was not used in the recording. While we weren’t planning on using bass on the album at all, I had written a bass line when I first wrote the song and when it came down to deciding on whether we should add ‘bass’ to any song on the album, we figured we should break the mold and include it in ‘Dreams’. I’m really glad we did.”

Adds Rikki, “It’s my one of my favorite songs to play live in our set. The breakdown in the song makes it very high energy and I get to beat the crap outta my drums when we play it!! Definitely one of my faves!”

The above-mentioned video, incidentally, was a track that originally surfaced on one of a series of four EPs from the Two Tens. Meanwhile, they wowed everybody at SXSW last year as well. So the new full-length is the culmination of the band’s evolution, additionally boasting the production savvy of Bruce Duff (Prima Donna, Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs), the studio ambiance of Paul Roessler’s (Screamers, 45 Grave) Kitten Robot joint in Los Angeles, and the mixing wizardry of Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Dirtbombs) in Detroit.  The record cover art, incidentally, was created by Stephen Blickenstaff, well-known for his iconic cover art for the Cramp’s Bad Music for Bad People.

Listen: Two Tens – “Dreams”

On this new single, this brand spankin’ L.A. duo takes a White Stripes vibe up to the Hollywood sign via some bright sonic swing. Produced by Bruce Duff (Prima Donna, Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs) and mixed by longtime garage rock maestro Jim Diamond (Dirtbombs, White Stripes), and wrapped up in cover art from Stephen Blickenstaff (the Cramps’ Bad Music For Bad People), the gutter credentials are all in order. You can check Two Tens out on their quick jaunt that’s coming up—tour dates below—to see if they bring it equally crashy in the live setting.

Barely a year old, they’ve already played SXSW, opened for classic inspirations like the Sonics and Naked Raygun, and had a tune in the Showtime show, Shameless. Yeah, there’re probably some biz connections going on here, but it doesn’t seem to dampen the fun swagger of “Dreams.”

The duo of Adam Bones and Rikki Styxx are set to unleash their fantastic barrel of fury in the form of Volume, their debut album. Standout tracks like "Sweet as Pie," "Watching Me" and the thunderous "Scene" give a glimpse into what the bright future has in-store for The Two Tens.

The Two Tens play 60s-style garage rock on 'Volume'

Volume by The Two Tens
Rating: 4 stars
You can call it a revival or whatever you'd like, but there are a lot of bands out there that are making great music that sounds like it came from the 60s. The Two Tens is an L.A. duo that is cranking out 60s-style garage rock that is sure to get you moving.

From the opening notes of "Scene" - the first track on Volume - you hear a sound that is driven by the drums. If Rikki Styxx believes in anything other than a furious pace, it's hard to tell from this album. "Ella Don't Like My Hat" is a great example of how Styxx can drive a song. In fact, don't be surprised if you work up a sweat just listening to the way she beats her kit in this tune. Meanwhile, Adam Bones plays loud and fast on the guitar and ties the songs together with vocals that match up with the best psychedelic sounds of the 60s.

It's hard not to think about Ramones when you hear "Sweet as Pie". First, the song starts - like so many Ramones songs - with a count-off "1-2-3-4!" Beyond that, the melody and the backing vocals also bring Ramones to mind.

Volume is a great name for this album. The band definitely believes in both volume and tempo. If you want one shining example (beyond the aforementioned) "Rush Out" is a good one. This duo packs a lot of energy and volume and a breakneck tempo into a song that's less than two minutes. If you like the sounds of 60s garage, this album will fit right into your collection. Volume will be available from Ugly Sugar Records on February 26.

The Two Tens are just like anyone else.  Their new album Volume reflects the feelings of frustration, disappointment, success and happiness we all have.  The difference is The Two Tens bring you there with them, then send you off on your own feeling a lot better than before you played their music.

...The Two Tens are visually compelling live and the big sound of the tunes on Volume are not diminished when seeing the duo in person

The White Stripes played up their ambiguous relationship with wilful misdirection and myth building. Were they or weren’t they? Kind of a hackneyed schtick. Romance and intrigue don’t figure into The Two Tens’ rock union. That mushy stuff is too basic. The colorfully monikered Adam Bones and Rikki Styxx are more overt in their intentions: They want to rock. And rock they do.

Dig, if you will, this imaginary scene. Impossibly tall, rail thin and sporting a massive Rob Tyner afro, Bones slinks into a small Hollywood shindig. A mainstay of LA’s rock scene, the lanky frontman is starting a new project. He spies Styxx across the room. She looks like a beach-girl-gone-bad and radiates charisma. Bones approaches and gives her the pitch. She sizes him up. Sounds good. The pair skips formalities and proceeds directly to plotting their ascendency. Remember, kids: Origin stories work best when unencumbered by facts.

Volume, The Two Tens debut full length, on the other hand, is a verifiable killer. The opening pair of bashers, “Scene” and “Ella Don’t Like My Hat” parade their hooks and attitude like impudent schoolchildren. Guitars gnash, snares rattle, Bones sneers, and somewhere Rodney Bingenheimer’s ageless heart beams. The album introduces itself as a punk platter with Detroit overtones, but Volume pulls a bait and switch with the Raconteurs style melodic twists of “Watching Me”. From that point on, the duo reveals the breadth of their ambitions and record collections. Check out the Dandy Warhols -esque intro to “Breathe” or the EODM style falsetto on “You Can Have it All.” “Dreams” resembles a vintage Sloan track, while “I Can’t Win” condenses everything good about Screeching Ghoulie Weasel Muffs style fuzz punk into two minutes and seventeen seconds.

Like his retro punk forebearers, Bones plays the lonely lothario with a heart of gold. He belts out “Sweet as Pie” like a caffeinated Joey Ramone circa Brain Drain. Elsewhere, the gritty vocal mix – all overdriven mics and vintage slap-back – reveals a manic showman in the Jon Spencer mold. Behind the kit, Styxx crafts scene-stealing moments where less original drummers would coast on eighth note hi-hats and tom builds. Her bratty backups add to The Two Tens’ don’t care air.

Only hardened cynics expect their punk rockers to struggle. Still, a little toughening up on the road will serve The Two Tens well. On that note, don’t hold it against Bones that he played Joey in a Ramones tribute act. Hey, some attend Berklee; others go to Rock ‘N Roll High School. Also, if the duo’s polished look and familiar tunes seem a tad contrived, remember, originality is not the endgame for The Two Tens. Bones and Styxx cherry pick all the best bits and serve ‘em up in a new form. And like their predecessors, they look good doing it.

Garage rock is always popular, but I particularly like the Two Tens brand as they bring a significant element of 1977 punk style into their sound and rhythm. The vocals have a snarl but carry the melody well—sort of a balance between Pete Shelly and John Lydon. The guitars sound great, the drummer and bass really cook up a rhythm, full of manic pace when called upon. You still get that sixties feeling throughout and they have crafted some fine songs here. This is definitely a cut above, at least for me with my late seventies punk rock roots deeply within my being.

Songs to start with first:

Scene - The opener sets the scene. You learn what you will be getting.

Dreams - Catchy song with hearty vocals.

Rush Out - Frenzied punk beats—a riot!

What do you get when you bring together a left-handed guitar player with a sweet ’fro and a pretty blonde drummer who can beat the hell out of her drum kit? No, this is no joke, this is The Two Tens.

The L.A.-based garage punk duo just released their latest effort, the fiery 12-song long player appropriately titled ‘Volume’ (Ugly Sugar Records). With a lot of ’60s garage rock and ’70s punk mixed with just a hint of ’90s fuzz, ‘Volume’ is as pure as the driven snow and as raw as a freshly cut steak.

The Two Tens

Volume

Yes! There it is! I found a record that exudes the kind of hot tempered energy I want from a punk album: it’s fun, filthy and filled with zero bullshit. The minute I played the first track, I was excited to review this album, since unlike so many albums I’ve listened to in the last few months, it made me feel something other than “eh, it’s alright to listen to on the walk home.” There is so much indie and folk rock that is finding its way into the charts and hipster communities all over the States, that it’s refreshing to get something with an edge.

For those who are all about rock duos – the White Stripes, the Kills, Royal Blood – say hello to vocalist and guitarist Adam Bones and drummer Rikki Styxx that make up the L.A. based band the Two Tens. Bones’ guitar work is on point – fast and heavy, while also having a fair share of well thought out moments that allow his skills to shine. Styxx bangs the hell out of her drums. But, similar to Bones, she has moments illustrating her mastery of the instrument. The two work off each other so well that even in moments of chaos you hear synergy. The album channels the classic sound established by the Ramones back in the ’70s, while also having a contemporary spin on punk, similar to bands like FIDLAR, the Vaccines and SKATERS.

The first two songs off the album are grimy and erratic, and perfectly so. “Sweet as Pie” is simple and fast, talking about the need for a girl that won’t let you down. “Dreams” is treading on 90s Brit-pop/rock, and includes a well executed drum and guitar dual towards the end. “Rush Out” brings the irregularity found in the first two tracks, which makes it strategically placed to follow some of the previous “radio friendly” tracks. I could see “Rush Out”  as being a song that’ll get fans at shows to let loose. “Care at All” sounds exactly how you would expect: loud yelling of the title and fast paced, the energy similar to that in “Rush Out.” “Life” has Bones working his guitar and playing a pretty awesome guitar riff. The final track comes along, with slow, drawn out sounds that seem to be inspired by psychedelic rock, Bones desperately and quietly singing “I can’t breathe.” However, this quickly changes to screaming and the duo goes back to its aggressive sound. It’s wonderful! The perfect ending for this record. The final track is just as good as the first.

 Before I knew it the album was over, and I had to play it again. Not to overanalyze, because that’s unnecessary. But, to get to dance around to it in the comfort of my bedroom. For a debut album, Bones and Styxx got everything right. I’m already anticipating their sophomore release, and I am anxious to see them live. For an album title Volume, they definitely crank it up.

The L.A.-based garage-punk duo The Two Tens continues this trend and features drummer Rikki Styxx and guitarist-vocalist Adam Bones thrashing, crashing and bashing their instruments into spill-your-beer-and-stiff-the-bartender Stooges-friendly rock ‘n’ roll. You can even hear the ghost of hard-rockabilly pioneer Johnny Burnette haunting “Ella Don’t Like My Hat” on YouTube, a cut off the duo’s debut album appropriately titled “Volume.”

The band stops through Chico on their Two-Headed Monstour (tour) promoting their first album “Volume.”

The 12-track album is fast, loud and in-your-face right from the first track.

Meet The Two Tens, a Los Angeles based garage punk duo that have created a timeless sound in just over a year. In such a short amount of time this modern duo has created a thunderous punk-glam style that welcome comparisons to groups like The Hives and The Oh Sees. Their latest video for the song “Life” is a fun interpretation of the song that serves as a barebones playbook for how to spend your time on this planet.

Adam Bones and Rikki Styxx are a high powered duo with more energy than a barrel of gun powder with a short wick. Prepared to have the volume turned way up, let’s see what their melodic buzz is all about…

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French Translation…

Duo came from Los Angeles, The Tens Two were released in February their first album on Ugly Sugar Records. For this first effort, Adam Bones (guitar / vocals) and Rikki Styxx (drums) were able to record their songs with producer Bruce Duff known among others for the current guitarist Streetwalkin 'Cheetahs and above all benefit the mixing of the legendary Jim Diamond. Add to that a signed pocket Stephen Blickenstaff (the cover of Bad Music for Bad People of Cramps he is) and admit that it could not but arouse our interest!

But enough chatter and tackle the basics: music.

And that side is unadorned, our two thieves working in an abrasive and melodic garage punk (yes it is possible). For Adam Bones and Rikki Styxx if they mastered to perfection the codes of the genre, never sacrificing the melody on the altar of the fuzz. And that is what causes immense capital partly sympathy despite fatally minimalist formula and proven by many.

From the beginning of the album, the duo sent three ums history well lay the foundation: "Scene" , "Ella Do not Like My Hat" and "Watching Me" who see the work in a direct and effective style close the Hussy it offers, another American duo slinger.

After seeing the variety. So if "Sweet As Pie" the unstoppable tube-like place as the distant offspring of the Ramones, "Dreams" by his approach more roots evokes somewhat a group like the 22-20's (and that's a compliment), while that "Rush Out" below the front takes its frantic tempo hardcore movement. Titles like "Care At All" or the beautiful "I Can not Win" emphasizes the care taken in the melody. On this last title he lacks also the gabba gabba hey !

And so throughout this short drive, just over half an hour, and intense. The pressure never falling, even on "Breathe" which spent almost bucolic intro reveals a title that would not offsuit on Bleach by Nirvana.

At the end you'll understand we spent a great time with our two California that offers with this issue , a first highly recommendable album which, if

perhaps lacking in personality, has enough attractions to convince the fan of the genre.

This Los Angeles-based duo consisting of guitarist and singer Adam Bones and drummer Rikki Styxx is drawing rave reviews for their blending of garage rock and ’70s-style punk and Arizona fans can hear what all the fuss is about at this show, which happens to be the very first on the duo’s summer tour. And if you’re wondering if they’ll play loud or not, take a hint from the title of their brand new album which is called Volume.

The Two Tens are a duo from Loas Angeles, California, they are comprised of vocalist and guitarist Adam Bones and drummer Rikki Styxx. They take their cue from sixties garage rock and seventies punk rock and they have combined these two genre’s perfectly to create their debut album, Volume. I have previously encountered Rikki Styxx when she was drumming for The Dollyrots, she puts every ounce of her being into drumming, when she’s behind a drum kit you just know that there is nothing else she would rather be doing. Her counterpart Adam Bones somehow manages to make the kind of noise it usually takes two guitarists and bass player to convey, together they bring an enthusiasm and vibrancy that is sadly absent from many bands recordings.

The album makes a frantic start with Scene and this sets the template for much of the album, they play high energy garage influenced rock played with reckless abandon, but for me they are at their best on the tracks Sweet As Pie and I Can’t Win, these are slices of sweet innocent sixties pop that sound like they’ve been spiked with amphetamines. However, Volume‘s finest moment is Can’t Pull Through, this is as good a song as you’ll hear this year, a wonderful bouncy frantic buzzsaw guitar number that captures the essence of everything that made The Ramones so wonderful. Breathe closes the album, it starts as downbeat acoustic number and you start to wonder if The Two Tens have finally run out of energy, of course they haven’t, at the half way mark a bone crunching drum beat and brutal guitar riff ensure that Volume finishes in fine noisy style

The Two Tens bring a relentless and frantic energy to this album, as a result Volume is a close to perfect blend of the swagger of sixties garage rock and the energy of early punk rock. It will be one of life’s mysteries how two people can make such a fully rounded and frenetic sound. However they do it I just hope they continue to do so, as few bands will make as finer debut album as Volume. T

...no frills, no BS, punk rock duo with garage pop influence.

Guitarist and vocalist Adam Bones alongside drummer and backup vocalist Rikki Styxx produce an impressively large sound for a power duo.

Adam Bones (guitar/vocals) and Rikki Styxx (drums) are The Two Tens. This duo specializes is a fuzzed-out style of garage rock goodness as captured on their debut album, "Volume."

The Two Tens’ intensity begins instantly with the opening track, “Scene.” Unrelenting riffs and beats are mingled with dual vocals laced with reverb. “Scene” sets the mood for this album; with the exception of songs like “Watching Me” and “You Want It All,” a high-energy vibe dominates. Inspired by the fathers of proto-punk, The Two Tens are an excellent addition to a rock legacy noted for its infectious riffs, beats and vocal delivery.

The Two Tens play loud and fast, they charge like the Stooges, explode like a White-Stripes-boy-on-guitar-girl-on-drums combination and produce Ramones-esque melodic hooks in repeat. With such a description, you may wish you had been at the Redwood bar, downtown Los Angeles on Saturday night, where the duo was celebrating the release of their new single ‘Keeping Hope Alive’ with a late night show. Actually, they had dropped the single a day before, on 2/10,… obviously!

I don’t know why they called themselves The Two Tens – may be because they are two and make the noise of ten? – but with a dynamite energy and a show build on distortion, pounding drums and screaming harmonies, they played punk anthems after punk anthems. They certainly have the cheerful and childish sonic joy of the Ramones, and a bit of their look too, as guitarist Adam Bones, with his skinny jeans and black mane, which waved non stop at the sound of their rock fury, could easily play a fifth Ramone. Meanwhile drummer Rikki Styxx was playful and on fire all set-long, climbing on her kit at the first song, and pulverizing her skins with an over the top enthusiasm.

As soon as they started, people had a blast, rising their fists in the air, or their drink while pouring the content on my feet, the Two Tens were in full riot mode for 40 minutes or so, and the full ferocity of their repeated assaults made me really wonder. are they really two on stage? After all the Redwood bar is a very dark place, which regrettably forces photographers to use their flash, but yeah, there were only two of them. They barely stopped between the songs, like a lightning bolt crashing on the venue, announcing their songs with a ‘1,2, 3!’, Ramones-style, they made the narrow place explode with a blasting sound, turning the clock back to 1978.

It was The Two tens’ first show back in America, after a tour in Europe, in Italy and Spain. ‘They love Rock & Roll, but they don’t love it as much as you guys love it right now,’ said Rikki Styxx as a sincere homage to the crowd’s pure enthusiasm. And when you would think they would come up with a slower song to catch their breath, the next one seemed to be faster, rioter and louder, bursting like a volcanic eruption that would not give up firing its last burning scoria.

So, are these bright and intense anthems pure punk nostalgia? May be there’s a bit of this and something else, they are probably too unpolished and unruly for mainstream, I was thinking the night just before the Grammys… but who cares about the corporate Grammys, right? The Two Tens play with a pure abandon, it is raw and pure, they play songs for a drunk Saturday night, they play as if there was no tomorrow, and they just wanted to entertain you.

LA-based garage-rock duo The Two Tens twists ‘n’ shakes through a rousing cover of Little Richard’s 1964 tune.

Lucky enough to have an insider’s preview of the new Two Tens single, I eagerly double click on the attachment sent to me from the band’s management. I’m immediately hit with a surge of uplifting guitar chords, in tune with the single’s title, Keeping Hope Alive. A few seconds into the song, singer/guitarist Adam Bones chimes in with unmistakable Joey Ramone-esque vocals. Drummer Rikki Styxx accompanies with vintage double hits on the snare, filling out the sound with her signature backing vocals and the song is off to a great start. Rounding off with a catchy bridge, melodic solo and resounding chorus sing along variation, there really isn’t much that can go wrong. The band pays unmistakable homage to The Ramones with a slightly more pop polished sound care of producer John Fields (Dollyrots, Andrew WK, Pink).

The B side is a cover of Little Richard’s Bama Lama Bama Lu, produced by band manager and self-proclaimed control freak Bruce Duff. Here Adam’s vocals are more primal and unrestrained, reminiscent of the late great Lux Interior. While the first side was fun, I’d love to hear more of this raw urgency in one of the band’s originals.

The Two Tens are a duo consisting of singer Adam Bones and drummer Rikki Styxx. In an exclusive phone interview, Bones explained to me how the two got together to form the band. “I was playing in a band and I had a certain way of writing songs and I didn’t want to do that anymore. It was kind of dumb and I got burned out. I wanted to write fun stuff and just strip stuff down. It wasn’t like I wanted to have a certain sound, it was just kind of a simple thing.”

Styxx had been playing with Bones in his old band and Bones definitely thought she was a keeper as far as bandmates go. “I wanted to be in a band with someone I can hang out with and have fun with,” Bones says. He started writing songs with Styxx in mind as a drummer. When he approached her about playing as a two piece, he says Styxx seemed dubious, but luckily, she loved the songs enough to make a go of it. And so, The Two Tens were born.

Bones also discussed cultivating the band’s sound as a two-piece rock band. “We wanted to make sure we didn’t sound too thin,” Bones explains. “We worked on the way Rikki played drums, with a boomier kick drum and heavier floor tom sound. I play out of a guitar and bass amp. I split my signal.” This formula results in feedback that confirms that The Two Tens deliver a ‘full rock band sound’ live.

The Two Tens will be releasing their single on Man Della Records, on the coincidental date of 2-10-17. On 2-11 they will be playing at The Redwood Bar in downtown Los Angeles for their single release party. It is there that they will be previewing their single live for the first time as well.

The band has plans for a full length album release on the same label, which may be proceeded by the release of another single. This will be the second full length release from the band, their first album being Volume which is out on CD and digital formats on Ugly Sugar Records and vinyl via Man Della Records. Other plans in the works for the band include video releases for the album tracks, and a North American tour, all to be firmed up in the coming days.

There’s a new band in town but you can’t get the sound from the story in a magazine…so get out there and buy the single and go see The Two Tens when they come to your town. Support the Two Tens, support local music.

The Two Tens, a garage punk duo from Southern California. The band transforms their two person operation into something that sounds like a 4-piece supergroup. Running his guitar amplification through a Goliath bass rig, Adam Bones pumped out guitar riffs that were fast, fun, and full. With a tone and stage presence similar to contemporary guitar legends like Jack White, Dan Auerbach, and Gary Clark Jr, Bones is a captivating performer to watch live. Rikki Styxx contributes equally to the band’s power and presence with robust tones and heavy handed drum hits. Her background vocals add to the band’s dynamic sound.

“Scene” is a song that encapsulates the true soul of rock and roll – loud and contagious right off the bat. These guys made garage rock art with this track.

Together the band is an explosive force that is a total treat to watch live. We’re excited that the band joined us in Queens for a session. Enjoy “Scene”, recorded live at Astoria Soundworks!

We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Los Angeles based garage/punk duo The Two Tens’ new song “Not Alright.” The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming studio album, which is scheduled to be released through Man Della Records in 2017.

Comprised of the dynamic duo of Rikki Styxx (drums/vocals) and Adam Bones (vocals/guitar), The Two Tens are straight-up Rock-n-Roll for your soul. They proved that one guitar, one drum set and two voices are sometimes all you need. Fast-paced and loud, they aurally gut-punched the crowd with a tight 12-song set.

Opening the show with the upbeat rocker, Scene, they asked everyone “Where is your scene?” With nary a chance to catch our collective breath, they rolled right into Ella Don’t Like My Hat. Styxx channeled her inner Marky Ramone as she pounded away on her kit.

Life tells the fast-paced tale of a musician, with Bones screaming the true-life chorus of “Eat. Rock. Roll. Shit. Sleep. Repeat.” Taking less than two minutes, this all-out rocker smacked us right in the kisser. And, we didn’t complain one bit.

The standout song of their set was Keeping Hope Alive, released as a 7″ single last month. The 60’s pop-inspired song was rocked-out with an updated sound that made us dream of cool breezes and summer days.

Closing with the uptempo, full-steam ahead rocker, Can’t Pull Through, they channeled the best of the punk rock of my youth into a mere 1:38. “Thank you very much,” said Adam Bones, “we’re The Two tens.” And with that, they were done.

For those of you that missed seeing a live show of punk bands from the 1970’s/1980’s, trust me when I tell you to go see The Two Tens. You will get a feel of the raw energy, speed and angst from that era with this band.

PREMIERE: YOU’LL WANT TO BLAST THE TWO TENS’ LATEST SONG “ON REPEAT”

The corniest thing one could possibly say about The Two Tens’ latest single is also, for better or worse, the truest: Clocking in at just over 2 minutes, “On Repeat” is the garage-punk love song you’ll want to listen to over and over again… on repeat.

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “On Repeat,” the latest single off The Two Tens’ upcoming sophomore album, On Repeat (out August 18, 2017 via Man Della Records). Active since 2014, the LA-based duo of Adam Bones and Rikki Styxx amped up the energy and increased the passion on their second effort, consciously expanding upon the raw volatility of their ferocious and appropriately-titled debut Volume.

That is not to say newcomers won’t be shaken awake by The Two Tens’ electrifying sound, nor that faithful fans will be dismayed. “We lead the album off with this title track because we feel that it represents the energy behind the record and sets the tone for what follows,” explains The Two Tens. “The song hits hard, full rock turned to 11. It’s a song about taking control, domination and the passion of wanting something or someone over and over. We hope you will listen to it ‘on repeat’ along with the entire album!”

“On Repeat” is an exercise in focused tension and bombastic release, the successful result of a band consciously developing their musicality and embracing inspiration wherever it waits to be found. Everything is amped up, beginning with the relentless guitar riff that pierces the quiet air. By the time you know what’s hit you, Adam Bones is begging to be played with, teased, chased, and changed: His demeanor is more obsessive than desperate, but impulse leads us down many roads, and we play the hands we’re dealt. Lust can often drive one insane, but in a “good way” – an endearing way, if you will – and the manic affection that shines through The Two Tens’ music is as much the product of, as it is the inspiration for the band’s effortlessly raw, viciously on-point music.

Album of the Week: The Two Tens – On Repeat

Along with being the home for the majority of today’s pop music garbage, Los Angeles has become the epicenter or the 2010s garage-rock explosion. 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.

As each track rolls through, On Repeat pummels the eardrums with powerful beats and electrifying riffs. There are elements of surf and ‘60s pop that singe the garage-rock heavy tones. Both Bones and Styxx are unapologetically up-front and unrelentingly emphatic. Even the songs that ride the chorus more are still amplified and noisy. Nothing lets up in the album and there are no generic fillers: What the listeners hear is what they’re getting.

It must feel a bit weird for older music fans to be in an age where two-piece rock bands are the norm. They probably still ask “Where’s your bass player?” every time they see one live. I personally don’t care as long as a two-piece act can bring it as loud as a trio or a quartet. With On Repeat, The Two Tens definitely make good on that. To see how solid these guys really are, let’s take a look at my top tracks off of the Album of the Week:

The title track is a charismatic love song that absolutely shreds with the chorus being bound to stick in your head, dare I say it, on repeat. “Keeping Hope Alive” is one of those songs that leans toward the pop realm; Bones and Styxx also provide stellar harmonies. Distorted and dirty, “Not Alright” is anchored by Styxx’s drumming while Bones yells on vocals; it’s very angsty and it’s just what your pissed-off friend, or self, needs after a rough day.

The Two Tens: Keeping Hope Alive

The Two Tens came on to the music scen like a ball of fire in early 2016 with their debut full length ‘Volume.’ Now, with a relative quick turnaround, the band – Adam Bones (guitars, vocals) and Rikki Styxx (drums, vocals) – are back with their new 14-track sophomore effort ‘On Repeat’ (Man Della Records).

“We had a lot of good inspiration. I went through some emotional times, both bad and good, so it was good fuel to write songs,” Bones said. “Rikki and I have a good process down when writing and working out our songs, so we tend to move along and get stuff done.”

Rikki Styxx added, “I quit my teaching career to go play drums, so I was spending eight hours a day learning songs and working on my craft. Adam just kept sending me stuff to learn and it didn’t stop.”

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. Styxx and Bones also open up a little musically by adding pop elements, including keyboards, to their sound giving it a rhythm and groove.

“I’ve always gotten influence from power pop, rock, or even punk songs that have good melody. I’ve always had that in me,” Bones said. “I guess it just really came out this time around. I don’t think we necessarily set out to have power pop songs on the album, but it happened and I’m glad it did.”

Primary songwriter Bones also travels down a new path with his lyrics, penning a few love songs for the album. Bones, never one to shy away from honesty, bares his soul on ‘On Repeat’ showcasing the ups and downs of life, relationships, and the ensuing results of heartbreak and depression.

“I used to be that way [hesitant about being so personal in lyrics]. I’d censor myself or tell myself to stay away from certain things,” Bones said “But feelings and life experiences that are most inspiring when writing. We like to be authentic in what we do and that, first and foremost, includes the songs. It’s also a great therapy for me to be able to express myself. I went through some intense ups and downs and it was nice to get that off my chest.”

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!”

“We’re fans of Unknown Mortal Orchestra and their song “Nerve Damage” happened to come up and we decided that we wanted to cover it and make it our own. We thought it would be cool to do a cover of someone that is a bit different than us musically,” Bones said.

Styxx adds to her already impressive resume by taking the mic, singing lead while playing drums on the hardcore punk track “Leave Me Behind.” At one minute long, the track is a tornado of drums and guitar punctuated by Syxx’ punchy vocals.

“This is actually the second time I have sung lead,” Styxx said. “We did a cover of “Strutter” by KISS for a compilation album and Adam talked me into singing vocals. So, on the album, Adam had me write some lyrics and pretty much just wanted me to scream the part. Luckily, I had some good inspiration that day.”

The Two Tens will be once again taking their new songs out to the fans with extensive tour dates. With only two members in the band, it is a lot easier for them to tour than a bigger more traditional band set up. They don’t have to worry about other member’s schedules or who gets to sleep where etc.

“The biggest perk is that we don’t take up much space. There are only two of us, so we each get a bench in the van and we don’t have to worry about not getting a bed at hotels. As for driving tunes, typically whoever is driving gets to decide what we listen to,” Bones said.

Video premiere: The Two Tens debut 'Mean Spirit'

Los Angeles-based garage punk duo the Two Tens won acclaim for their raw sound on their 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 Aug. 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!

“‘Mean Spirit’ is a pretty intense song both lyrically and musically. We wanted to make a video that had that same kind of intensity. However, we also like our videos to have some sort of fun feel to it,” explains frontman Adam Bones. “I’m part of a dodgeball league and thought it would be cool to use the intensity of the sport to match the song, but it’d be fun and silly because it’s dodgeball. So I asked my friends at the Eagle Rock Yacht Club  to be a part of the video. They were happy to be included, and we all had a really great time shooting it. Rikki and I got on the court and opened up a huge can of whoop-ass!”

“Team Two Tens in full effect right here,” adds drummer Rikki Styxx. “I was excited to kick some ass in this video alongside my partner in crime. Plus, I got to wear eyeblack and short shorts.”

Stream: The Two Tens, ‘On Repeat’

L.A. duo The Two Tens continue their relentless pursuit of garage-rock perfection — or at least the explosive moments that feel like it — next week when their sophomore album “On Repeat” arrives. Coming a year and a half after their debut “Volume” (a compilation of material from EPs that preceded it), 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.” “I went through some major ups and downs in the time we were writing this album,” Bones says, “and I’m pretty sure it shows.” Perhaps surprisingly, three of the songs, including the single “Keeping Hope Alive,” were made in Minneapolis with producer John Fields (the Jonas Brothers, Har Mar Superstar, Miley Cyrus, among others), while the remainder were recorded with producer Bruce Duff and engineer Paul Roessler in L.A. The single and its buoyant chorus sound downright lush next to the minute-long thrasher “Leave Me Behind.” While its punk aesthetic might be an on-again, off-again affair — “There’s something to swing your hips to and something to crowd surf to,” Styxx says — “On Repeat” (coming via Man Della Records is as hooky as it is concise. Forty minutes, no thumb-sucking.

"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."

The Two Tens revive melodic punk with 'On Repeat'

Anyone who complains about the dearth of good rock and roll has clearly never heard L.A. duo The Two Tens. You'll hear plenty of evidence of this band's ability to rock on the new album On Repeat.

The title track opens the album and isn't so much a song as a musical explosion. The explosion comes about 20 seconds into the song, where the volume and the tempo pick up. Both Adam Bones and Rikki Styxx play like their instruments are on fire. And yes, it is kind of shocking that two people can create as much sound as the members of this band. It's especially impressive that they can pack so much into a little more than two minutes.

You'll find a number of songs to sing along with on this album. "Keeping Hope Alive" is one of them. This song has a definite Ramones feel to it - especially in the verse. It certainly has all the catchiness of a Ramones song. Then it gets to the chorus and you probably only need to hear it once before you find yourself singing "keeping hope alive" when it gets to the chorus. Not only that but you might find yourself moving your head to the beat, and that's not a bad thing. "Streetlight" is another one that will have you singing along. It's song about a couple that's still "in the honeymoon stage" and the lyrics show that. This however rocks a lot harder than most songs about love that is still in the early stages. 

The band definitely captures the spirit of old-school punk in "Leave Me Behind". This song is an all-out assault of tempo and volume with Rikki Styxx on lead vocals. It is truly impressive that she can sing while banging so furiously on the drums. However, it's not just the tempo and volume that are reminiscent of old-school punk. This song is only one minute long, but a lot is packed into those 60 seconds. That song is followed by "Nerve Damage", which is only 1:39. In less than three minutes, this band delivers two furiously energetic songs. If you like old-school punk, you'll love those two songs.

The Two Tens have grown since the debut album, which went very heavy on the vocal reverb. This album is all about energy and melodies that are sure to get stuck in your head. If you like your music loud and fast, you're probably going to love this album.

The Two Tens are set to release their new album, On Repeat, on the 18th August via Man Della Records, there’s a theory that a band’s second album is the hardest as they’ve previously spent years developing and refining the material that populates the debut release, and as a result making the process of delivering a sophomore album that lives up to their debut an impossible task. If this theory is correct then no one has told The Two Tens, I adored their 2016 debut Volume and I will admit to some trepidation as On Repeat has followed so quickly on it’s heels, but any concerns I had were blown away as they haven’t equalled their stunning debut, they’ve surpassed it.

5/5 stars!

From the opening fuzzed out garage of the title track I start to get the feeling that this album is going to be something very special, this is borne out as every single track carries the infectious hallmarks of their debut, but it all sounds more focused and polished but crucially this is achieved without sacrificing their relentless energy and enthusiasm. Tracks such as Keeping Hope Alive, Stuck In My Head, Burden and Streetlight are perfect rough edged pop gems that no one else does as well as The Two Tens, but these sugar rushes are counterbalanced by fuzzier darker numbers and frantic blasts that carry the insistent hooks and infectious choruses that have become The Two Tens trademark.

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 that make up The Two Tens, Adam Bones and Rikki Styxx, have formed a perfect partnership as they have now released two flawless albums in as many years. The Two Tens have delivered an album that I can’t fault on any level, and I doubt that I’ll hear a better album this year, On Repeat is a prophetic album title as that’s exactly what has happened since I first played it and 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 TWO TENS AND THE KATELLAS DEFINE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL AT SATELLITE GIG

With the amount of amazing music Los Angeles has to offer on any random night, from The Two Tens’ album release show with The Katellas/Go Betty Go at The Satellite, and the looming Echo Park Rising, we’re remind just how many fantastic bands are all around us.

Wednesday night, for me, the choice was obvious because another thing LA has to offer is a music scene that feels like family and that supports each other and well… I knew it was going to be an awesome show and had been looking forward to the pairing of The Two Tens with their musical little brothers The Katellas for sometime. I was asked to shoot The Two Tens by The Knitting Factory management years ago for their first show and as a result my musical family has grown tremendously over the years; from The Sonics to Richie Ramone, they have a lot of great supporters.

The Two Tens are as their name implies a two piece. Adam Bones on guitar and lead vocals and Rikki Styxx on drums. They lean punk rock-always fun, never taking things too seriously, a great relief from the struggles of today’s world although and few poppy love songs have snuck in this go round. They played their new release “On Repeat” in full on Wednesday night and on repeat is exactly what this album should be. I do believe limited edition (100 pressing) splatter vinyl is still available and if you pick it or the red version up you may notice a certain Grimy Goods photog’s work is included (full disclosure she is also writing this review).

 

Last year, the Adam Bones and Rikki Styxx emerged into the punk scene with an avalanche of a debut album. It took two years and four EPs for Volume to unfold, but it was well worth the wait. The Two Tens delivered 12 garage-punk tracks infusing snappy power-pop rhythms with vintage grittiness. Now the LA duo is back with their sophomore album, On Repeat. The news came early this year when Bones and Styxx released the bombshell single, “Not Alright.” The drums and guitars hit with more raw energy than ever. Bone’s vocals embody a blues-driven slap-back that echo with a vintage tinge. Then “Keeping Hope Alive” was released as a melodic no-frills love song with a heartfelt sing-along.

Like Volume, the duo continues the belt out Ramones-esq three-chord anthems such as the opening title track as well as  “Burden.” And “Feel So Dumb” sounds like a near exact replica of a classic Ramones song. Similarly “Crushed Me” embodies the snappy punk landscape espoused by bands like Screeching Weasel and The Queers. The colorful overtones and bubbly melodies give this song a truly catchy feel. And unleashing some angst, Styxx takes the lead on “Leave Me Behind,” an upbeat firecracker of a song that rivals the early days of seminal hardcore.

The Two Tens haven’t lost one bit of authenticity from their last album. On Repeat is laden with powerful hooks, some ranging from buoyant to sinister. For a two piece only comprising of guitar, vocals and drums, Bones and Styxx reach a much wider soundscape. Guitar chords that rage with thickness, drums that resonate bodly, and lively vocal harmonies render a complete wall of sound.

REVIEW – The Two Tens Are Keeping Rock Alive With “On Repeat”

Band – The Two Tens
Album / Label – On Repeat / Man Della Rocords
Rating – 4.5 / 5

How to describe this new album? Fuzzed-out, fast-paced, melodic punk that wraps its arms around you tightly, while punching you squarely in the solar plexus. All the while, its embrace is comforting.

Without sounding too hyperbolic, The Two Tens sophomore offering on Man Della Records, On Repeat, is simply stated… a winner. Coming so quickly on the heels of their debut album Volume (2016), Adam Bones and Rikki Styxx show that there is no dearth of music flowing through them.

Opening with the energetic title track, Bones and Styxx set the tone of album, pushing forth the frenetic pace with all the aplomb displayed by the Ramones in their heyday. They prove, yet again, that good punk rock music is not dead.

We’re transported to the time when melodic punk was being thrust into our consciousness with Crushed Me. It shouldn’t be a surprise that Bones and Styxx can get so much sound out of a guitar and drums, respectively.

Conjuring endless summer days, the melodic wistfulness of Keeping Hope Alive wafts throughout our aural synapses, almost subliminally forcing you to sing along with them. You really can’t help doing so.

Going harder, Stuck In My Head is a straightforward rocker, with Bones crying out, “Can you help me?” Mean Spirit follows, full of a snappiness that makes you want to jump into the pit, arms flailing and bodies knocking into each other.

Taking you back to the 1960’s with melodies that are infused with goodness, Feel So Dumb embodies all that we fondly remember of what made early punk rock awesome. Burden slows the pace, but only slightly. Espousing a definite surf rock melody, the harmonies are simply wonderful.

Stories starts off lo-fi, before kicking you in the ass, as Styxx slams your body with the backbeat. A diamond in the rough, this tune sneaks up on you. They smooth the vibe out with the melodic Streetlight, taking the listener back to a time of lost innocence.

The distortion-fuzz of Not Alright assaults you next, carrying an almost darker tone, punctuated by Bones’ loud and emotive vocal styling.

Styxx takes the lead on the frenetic Leave Me Behind, an all-out, balls-to-the-wall rocker that clocks-in at just 60 seconds. Yes, kids, she can carry a furious pace on her drums and sing, too! Nerve Damage! keeps the pace high, with harmonies reminiscent of Jan and Dean or The Beach Boys.

Girlfriend Island is almost serene after the previous two tracks, with Bones contemplating a wonderful trip that is easily imaginable with his vocal melody.

Concluding with Friends, they found the perfect track to cap On Repeat. Of the 14 songs that make up their second album, this one ties-in perfectly to the debut effort. Everything comes together in a way that leaves you wanting more, hoping their next album is not too far off.

If your faith was wavering that simple, straightforward rock was a thing of the past, The Two Tens will restore your belief in awesome punk rock.

If you don’t have On Repeat yet, go get it. You’ll be better off by doing so.