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Interview:
10 Years at Saint Andrews, 3 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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10 Years’ new “(How To Live) As Ghosts” has brought the Tennessee hard rock group back from the dead.

The set, which came out Oct. 27, marks the return of both of the band’s original guitarists -- Brian Vodinh, who left after 2015’s “From Birth To Burial,” and Matt Wantland, who quit the band during 2009 -- as well as the departure of Ryan “Tater” Johnson. “...As Ghosts” bowed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Alternative Albums and Independent Albums charts, with heavy ready play for the first single, “Novocaine.”

The album has also sent 10 Years back on the road, and Vodinh tells us he expects the revived and refreshed group now looks to be around a lot longer than its name...

• Vodinh says by phone that it after “From Birth To Burial” it felt like 10 Years was indeed ready to be put to rest. “That title basically said we thought that could’ve been the last record for the band because no one was happy,” Vodinh says. “The live show didn’t feel strong anymore. There were a lot of loose ends and a lot of behind-the-curtain drama.” But after frontman Jesse Hasek convinced Vodinh and Wantland to return -- and the group let go of Johnson, who Vodinh says “had become a long-standing source of negativity and tension” -- things fell into place. “It was the most fun that we’ve ever had writing a record, and probably the easiest process, too,” says the guitarist, who also played drums on “...As Ghosts.

• Vodinh co-produced 10 Years’ two previous albums, but he was happy to have Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Alice In Chains) come in to helm “...As Ghosts.” “He had a vision for this album from day one,” Vodinh says. “He knew that he wanted it to be a bit more lean in production. He wanted it to be a more deliberate and more vulnerable 10 years record. He wanted to strip away a lot of the 10 Years layering that we did. I can tell you we definitely have a tendency to overthink, myself included, so Nick was great. It was different, but we figured if Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters would trust Nick for multiple projects or Alice In Chains, who are we to not trust him? He made it feel fun and light and easygoing, and it never felt like a lot of pressure or stress.”

• Vodinh reports that 10 years is in better shape than ever now, and he expects the group will remain a going concern for the foreseeable future. “Everyone is just tighter and friendlier and it is so much more of a healthy environment than it used to be,” he says. “We’ve grown up a little more. We’re older, too. We have wives, kids. We’ve all settled down a little bit more. It feels like a whole new ballgame, and I joke and say I feel like I’m 17 again because this is the same excitement we had when we first started this whole thing.”



If You Go:

• 10 Years, RED, Otherwise and Core Effect

• Wednesday, Nov. 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

• Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.

• Tickets are sold out.

• Call 313-961-8961 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.



Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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