“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.”
- Melissa Webster
“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.”
- Kevin Bronson
“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”
- Kevin Bronson
“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.
We checked in with the band to find out how they deliver pure happiness to your ears, what Dave Grohl means to them, their plans for musical world domination in 2015, and more. Read on!”
- Emily Saex
“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.”
- Emily Saex
“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!”
- Sandra Burciaga
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The Two Tens 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.”
- Sandra Burciaga
“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.””
- Maximilian Ho
“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.”
- SANTI ELIJAH HOLLEY
“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.”
- AJ Dent
“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?”