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10 Years

The Blue Note Presents

10 Years

Young Guns, Lost Element, Ghost in the Machine

Tue, February 19, 2013

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$16.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is all ages

MINORS: $2 cash surcharge at the door for anyone under the age of 21.

10 Years
10 Years
Based in Knoxville, TN, 10 Years is an alternative hard rock band with an incomparable sound that is destined to create an island of its own. Formed three years ago, 10 Years created a strong underground following with their independent release Killing All That Holds You. In 2005, 10 Years signed with Republic/Universal Records, entered the studio with producer Josh Abraham (Staind, Velvet Revolver) and recorded their debut album The Autumn Effect.

The Autumn Effect has arrived just in time to counteract the cynicism and to take rock music to its next logical destination. "Humanity is slowly shutting down," says the band's frontman Jesse Hasek, who points to the current rock scene as a prime example of this lack of community. "Music is supposed to be about intensity and feeling, but there's no thinking behind the music that's out there today. We want people to think, to feel emotions again. We're always plugged in, or connected to something, part of the machine, but the more we plug in, the less human we become."

10 Years has evolved from a wake of high school metal bands, to the more melodic, heavy fusion of The Autumn Effect. "Less is more," the band says of their sound, and nowhere is that more apparent than the summer radio hit, "Wasteland." The title track swirls as an intrepid soundscape with an influx of modern aggression, from a whisper to a scream that could fill a stadium, from strum to angst and back again. Sledgehammer riffs propel the cosmic "Empires," while the sun-drenched "Prey" builds into a heavy metal gape, the perfect combination of breezy pacing and humid undertones. Melody marches through "Waking Up" and "The Recipe" is an exhilarating blitz of frenetic energy, while "Half-Life" kicks the ears in, each track exhibiting a new, distant depth of 10 Years' that seamlessly stretch them, morphing into a progressive realm far beyond the scope of modern flash-in-the-pan comparisons.

The Autumn Effect resonates as much lyrically, as it does musically. "Prey," for instance, was inspired by the band's move to Los Angeles to record their debut album, and Hasek's observation that people in L.A. drive cars worth more than some of the houses in their Tennessee hometown. "Empires" is about this generation of people who are addicted to material possessions and rely upon these possessions to satisfy all the needs of life. "The Recipe" is about how casual consumption of lust with random strangers devalues and destroys the ability to love. "We are living in an individualistic ego driven society that celebrates fame, lacks ambiguity that is incapable of deep sustained attention with no discontinuity between life and art. "Seasons to Cycles" is about people who build walls to separate themselves from others. In building walls we lose contact with people and we don't realize these same walls confine the growth of relationships. Whether we're talking about love, substance abuse, temptation, or whatever, all the songs are about life, and the emotions that we all go through," says Hasek. "Life is an organic process of growth and decay, and it is unavoidable in nature."

Over the course of the past year, 10 Years has opened for the likes of Velvet Revolver and Static X, more than holding their own, while making new fans all along the way. 10 Years offer more than just music and words they deliver a mission statement... Just call The Autumn Effect the soundtrack to our new and improved lives, a signpost to a future where we're more than just cogs in the machine, but vibrant beings that can touch the God within.
Young Guns
Young Guns
Over the course of the past few years, the London-based YOUNG GUNS have emerged as one of the UK's most electrifying new bands, garnering heavy radio play and UK chart success, while playing to packed-house crowds all across Europe, including a main stage performance at the Reading Festival, where they tore up the stage as part of a lineup that included Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, Guns N' Roses and Modest Mouse.

New album BONES has already achieved critical acclaim overseas, with Q Magazine and Kerrang! each giving it four stars and the latter writing that the album sees the band "giving themselves the best shot possible of taking on all comers and winning." BONES and its title track were also nominated for "Best Album" and "Best Single" as part of this year's 2012 Kerrang! Awards.

“We've written something that I feel happy describing as 'brave,'” says Young Guns frontman Gustav Wood, “and it will challenge a lot of people's preconceptions about what sort of band we are. It's an ambitious record, and we have the ambition to match the sound.”

Written over a number of months in places ranging from Thailand to Spain to a shed in the band's hometown of High Wycombe, UK, BONES marks Young Guns' transition from a band packed with potential to bonafide contenders for the title of Britain's best. It's a stirring album full of contradictions – it speaks of strength and vulnerability, friendship and loss, energetic youth and heavy-hearted experience – that proudly displays Wood, John Taylor (guitar), Fraser Taylor (guitar), Simon Mitchell (bass) and Ben Jolliffe (drums)'s skyscraping vision and style.

“When you're writing an album you need to believe that what you're doing is the most important thing in the world,” continues Gustav.

Having formed from the ashes of a variety of local bands, Young Guns' first release was the striking Mirrors EP in June 2009. But it wasn't until debut album All Our Kings Are Dead, unveiled in July 2010, that they began to really show what they were capable of. Backed by a groundswell of popular support, the band hit magazine covers, headlined the HMV Forum in London, toured Australia and played the Main Stage at Reading and Leeds Festivals; in the backs of their minds, though, they knew they could do better. And they were right.

Taken at face value, BONES feels effortless, but the work that went into it – the long hours, the nudging back of immutable deadlines, the worry, the sheer grind that comes with a genuinely democratic writing process – mirrors the band's career to date. This is a story of victory by inches, not of instant boom (and inevitable, sad bust).

Young Guns backed themselves into a corner with their drive to comprehensively outdo All Our Kings Are Dead. After a handful of fruitless writing sessions, Gustav, Fraser and John spent a night in the studio with a couple of bottles of vodka and the desire to write a song their heroes would be proud of; when morning eventually came, they had the skeleton of “Dearly Departed,” a song that, once they'd taken it to the rest of the band and let them work their magic, would sit as one of the keystones of BONES. “Once we wrote that song, we knew we could really make a mark with this album,” says Wood. The title track itself is another standout moment, a pure rock anthem in the most heroic sense.

“When you do something you know is good, that you know stands up... it's bliss. Elation. We worked so hard on this album, and there were times when the stress was horrendous. When I finished tracking the vocals for 'Bones’ and we stood back and cranked it on the stereo at 4am, listening to what I knew would be a single that would do big things for us, that was overwhelming.”

From then on, the songs flowed: the title track, a howl of defiance; stunning opener “I Was Born, I Have Lived, I Will Surely Die,” a fearless statement of intent; lead single “Learn My Lesson,” a calling-card that's as dynamic as it is catchy.

“It feels like I want to just kick people's heads off,” smiles Gustav. “It sounds stupid but I just want to get out there and make a mark – it keeps me up at night, thinking about how much I want to do.”
Lost Element
In 2010, the newly re-formed Lost Element began playing shows in Houston and writing new music. Drawing influences from the likes of Muse and Silverchair, their song writing soared to another level. They incorporated more piano-laced riffs utilizing the musical prowess of the multitalented Trevor Luthy. Combining Trevor's pure tones with Omar’s rasp and range of vocals lift the choruses to the pinnacle of their potential. Their writing culminated in the release of “Back Again”, a six song EP. The album's music ranges from an acoustic piano ballad drawn from the influences of addiction to a unique blend of guitar distortion and pristine vocals in the vein of Three Days Grace.

Lost Element is the 2011 Texas Buzz "New Band of the Year" award winner. The band has demonstrated success in Houston, Austin, and surrounding areas playing various popular venues and attracting a dedicated fan base. Their curret single "Fall GUy" is being played on KTBZ, 94.5 The Buzz. Lost Element has elevated their status by opening for national acts such as Chevelle, Hoobastank, Trapt, Eve 6, Fuel, Awolnation, and others. LE is Currently one of the hardest working unsigned bands in the country.

Lost Element takes great pride in their live performances. Guitarist Trace Sisson roams the stage with a passionate vigor. Feeding off his energy the dynamics of Trevor and Omar come to life. Sustained by the inventive rhythmic beating from Brian Barrett the band captures the audience with every note. Rod Ryan (94.5 the buzz) said, “great band, great songs... and can actually back it up live! [You] must see this band perform.” Lost Element plays every show with a completely live sound. Each and every note produced is pure Lost Element

The band is about to release their second album titled "Return to Solitude", and is busy getting into the planning stages of their first music video. Their calendar is booked through the end of the year with shows, ranging from charity events, to their own headlining shows at the Scout Bar, as well as opening up for national acts. They are constantly writing new songs and practicing with an unequaled hunger.
Ghost in the Machine
Ghost in the Machine
Missouri-based alternative metal band, Ghost in the Machine (GITM), was founded by guitarists Bryan Kay and Dan Schram, bassist Billy Dearing, drummer TJ White, and vocalist Jeff Blumer in the fall of 2004. During the band’s formative years, they climbed rapidly up the local ranks and played every high profile stage and venue in Mid-Missouri as they developed their own unique sound and emotionally-charged live show.

Like many bands, lineup changes plagued them for many of their early years. After releasing their 2005 self-titled EP, drummer TJ White was replaced by Letter by Hour drummer, Chris Loeffler. The band spent the next few years writing new music and developing a rock-solid fan base all across the Midwest. Shortly before the release of their long-awaited 2010 full length album, “Equip to Cope,” bassist Billy Dearing was replaced by Farewell to a Legend bassist, Ethan Mueller. Just months after the release of “Equip to Cope” both Mueller and vocalist, Jeff Blumer, mutually left the band to pursue school and family interests. The remaining members (Kay, Schram, and Loeffler), relentlessly forged ahead for the next year writing and recording, never breaking the band’s long-time routine of weekly rehearsals. They saw the circumstances as an opportunity to take their music to new places, refine themselves as musicians, and have fun jamming with new talent.

The new lineup was finally complete in the fall of 2011 with the addition of bassist Jonathan Hagood and vocalist Evan Thomas, who were both members of St. Louis band Key to My Spaceship. The band hit the ground running, opening for national acts, performing across the midwest, and even winning 105.7 The Point’s Battle for Pointfest in May of 2012, which found them opening for Incubus, Chevelle, Cypress Hill, and P.O.D. at the acclaimed St. Louis summer festival.

Now with a powerful new sound and a couple of fresh faces, GITM is more focused and driven than ever before. Maintaining their status as a must-see live act, they have directed their efforts toward the growing St. Louis music scene, with intentions to keep stretching further and further outward. The band recently finished recording their highly-anticipated new EP “Earth Island” which is slated to release in November of 2012.
Venue Information:
The Blue Note (MO)
17 N 9th St
Columbia, MO, 65201-4845
http://www.thebluenote.com/