10 Years’ new album, “Division,” did not come easy according to frontman Jesse Hasek.
Following the near-gold sales of 2005’s “The Autumn Effect,” Hasek, 29, says the Kentucky quintet “thought, just like any band thinks, we’d come back and bang out a record. But this was a very grueling process. It took probably close to a year. We had enough material and could’ve finished the record sooner than that, but we didn’t feel like we were challenging ourselves enough.
“So we wrote 20 to 30 songs, anything from pop to almost metal, covering the whole spectrum. It was fun, but it was hard.”
The effort paid off; “Division” debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 and at No. 1 on the Hard Rock Albums survey when it was released in May, and radio warmly embraced the album’s first single, “Beautiful.” 10 Years pumped the album as part of Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution tour this summer, and Hasek says that taking the new songs to the stage has only increased his enthusiasm for the project.
“I’m more comfortable with the material,” he confirms, “and we’ve played it live so many times I’m really confident with it. We really did go outside of our envelope and not re-create ‘The Autumn Effect.’ It does sound like 10 Years, but a completely different record. I’d rather take that challenge than go backwards and do something we’ve already done.
“But when you’re creating something new like that, it’s so internal you don’t know how the rest of the world will accept it. So it’s been great to be out there and see that people really get off on it. It feels really good.”
10 Years and Merriweather perform Tuesday (Sept. 16) at the I-Rock Nightclub, 16350 Harper, Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (313) 779-9278 or visit www.harposconcerttheatre.com.
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