This past week 10 Years took to the road for a few dates with Alter Bridge for the Walk The Sky Tour, and I decided to catch the first show in Raleigh, N.C. This seasoned band from Tennessee never disappoint with their live performances, and tonight was no exception. Supporting their 2017 (How To Live) As Ghosts 10 Years have been touring relentlessly, yet their energy on stage shows no signs of wear! I just caught the guys two weeks ago performing at Blue Ridge Rock Festival. I honestly thing Jesse spent more time in the audience with the fans than he spent on the stage! I’d go as far as to say their set stole the show.
– Out With Ambler
10 Years photo gallery courtesy of Out With Ambler
10 Years – (how to live) AS GHOSTS – Reviewed by Scotty J
The Messenger – If you’re already a 10 Years fan, this opening track is going to have to excited for more. if you’ve never heard 10 Years, you might almost think this was Deftones light.
Novacaine – One of a couple songs from this album that was accompanied by an official music video. The story would have you thinking this is a groundhog day from hell. Day after day is the same mundane routine devoid of any real meaning. You’re caught up in a material world living for nothing but the repetition of it all.
Burnout – Would represent their next Official Music Video. While there is nothing special or memorable about the music video, the song is strong and I found myself connecting to it in a personal way. The idea of wanting something so bad, but nothing ever coming to fruition. No matter how hard you work, the end goal proves unattainable.
Catacombs – This song would seem to have received mixed reviews. I’ll say the message in the lyrics is solid. Something we should all ponder more frequently. What is importation in life?
10 Years – Novacaine
Ghosts – The title track. I was immediately hit with a very strong A Perfect Circle feel. I find myself curious where Hasek is at in his life.
Blood Red Sky – I dig the story here. We are all in this battle of life together. No matter where we come from, we all deal with similar issues. There’s no point in looking to someone else to save you. Start with yourself.
Phantoms – The song shares a very simple yet complex reality. We all may listen to the same thing, but hear it very differently
Vampires – This is a continuation of a dark theme throughout the album. No one really cares about you. If you want to survive you need to battle things our for yourself.
Halos – And here I thought this song might be about angels. Perhaps there might have at least been a more uplifting tone. Nope. That said, how will you ever know what’s possible if you don’t try. You are the master of your own destiny and the only thing holding you back is yourself.
10 Years – Burnout
Lucky You – This song actually made me laugh. The often repeated lyrics are such a great warning. I’ll tell you what you wanna hear beware. I’ll show you what you wanna feel beware. Such sentiments can’t be trusted. I’ve been there too many times.
Insomnia – Too ironic that I’m listening to the song at specific moment where I’m actually suffering from insomnia. I think I really need to have a chat with Jesse though. I don’t get the sense he has clue what insomnia means. It is a most painful and exhausting affliction.
Losing My Religion – An R.E.M. cover? My curiosity was peaked! I was never a big R.E.M. fan. Now I have to say 10 Years version of this song BLOWS R.E.M. away! Jesse is just far more pleasant on the ears. The song arrangement also has a nice flow.
Heart Shaped Box – Back to back covers? Really? And a song by a band who’s short lived yet highly influential existence is a thing of myth and legend to this day. I’ll say that 10 years put an interesting spin on this. Nothing remotely like the original. That would have been a fruitless effort anyway. I would LOVE to get Dave Grohl’s take on this.
10 Years – Heart Shaped Box (Nirvana Cover)