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had to say about this lil' ol' home on the web:
"Got some serious time on your hands? Local band Ten Story Love has a new website that features so many great things that itís guaranteed to occupy your free time (and then some!) The site features some really great bioís, photos, a collection of reviews of their debut CD, and what is probably the largest list of music links Iíve ever seen, most with a brief explanation of the linked site- very impressive! You can also buy Ten Story Love CDís, tee shirts, or a coffee mug if you so desire. They even have an MP3 of a recent radio interview available for download if a file size of 9 Mbís doesnít scare your modem too much. Perhaps best of all, if you visit their site you can finally discover where their unusual name came from."
|What the critics are saying about Ten Story Love's debut album:
"...this self-titled, self-released debut album sounds to me like the tiny
few, those couple of bands that moved from heavy rock into indie pop with success.
First I give my absolute admiration to any band that can produce such a professional
album and get it out there for the fans, without the help of even a minor label.
Also both Brad Page and Scot Gibbs are accomplished guitarists, songwriters and
vocalists. Clean, hard riffs accompany songs about love and life. It is a formula that fits them like an old pair of sneakers. Human Torch... is a great little tune, where they manage to pull their metaphor 'been burned by love so many times I feels like a human torch' around tight percussion, interesting harmony and blistering guitar work. A real stand out track. They even manage to pull a guitar solo past me without criticism, that is praise indeed. Overall, a solid entertaining debut from a band with a lot of promise."
-- Indie Monkey web 'zine
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"The band packs a punch with extremely solid, radio-friendly songs which propel it to the top ranks of bands doing the indie guitar rock thing. The songs here are immediately engaging; the kind you'll find yourself cranking up and happily joining into their infectious feel. "
-- Bryan Baker, Gajoob
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"Donning the name of a 50's pulp comic book, Ten Story Love is
enterprising in its modern presentation of 80's pop revivalism without sounding too
derivative. In a music world of countless bar bands competing to be the next R.E.M.,
Ten Story Love successfully embodies the sound of the era which spawned that
aforementioned groundbreaking group while maintaining an approach to alternative
music that is all their own. Ten Story Love ultimately proves that they have
definitely established a place on this planet and, in the end, they shall be
rewarded for their efforts. 4.5 out of 5 Stars!"
-- Lee Tarver, Music Media Interactive, CAZ Media
"Ten Story Love is the most pure fun I have had listening to an
independent disc in a while.... The Perfect Girl starts off with some big,
clean, fun chords. The easy changes and smooth backing vocals give an early '80s pop
sound-- what if Elvis Costello sang for The Cars? The most subtle song is Human
Torch. Small differences in the vocal production give "Human Torch" appeal. It
never gets old because it keeps changing without losing touch with it's initial
hook... In the last quarter of the album, "Ten Story Love" shows off it's rock
chops. Guitars are still the main features of these songs, but they are more crunchy
and more stylized here... After all this, the best radio single on the disc has to
be Breakdown Lane. Anyone who doesn't know all the words to Breakdown
Lane by the end of the first listen please raise your hand. If the feeling
persists, listen to the song again or buy the CD."
-- Joel Hedge, Indie-Music.com
"When you've got it, you've got it...and Ten Story Love has all that
and more. Punchy, poppy, upbeat tunes, expertly delivered and recorded, make for an
absolutely delightful listen. [This band] has the ability to write and arrange
clever and catchy tunes, then execute them with energy and nearly flawless
musicianship. There are positively tons of audio hors d'oeuvres on this disc, but
if I had to pick one (Oh honey, it's like being on a diet at a buffet), it would
have to be The Perfect Girl. Oh hell, give me the whole tray!"
-- Billy Dare, Musician's Trade Journal
"If you're looking for an album of straight-forward and humble yet shiny
songs, check out Ten Story Love's self titled release. Listen a bit more
carefully and you may notice traces of early 70s arena rock, late 80s power-pop
as well as a touch of country. They may be the epitome of a do-it-yourself band,
but Ten Story Love gives the tag a good name. The digital sound and production
quality is top quality... former industrial drummer Jason Waugaman's playing
alone makes the album worth checking out."
-- Darren Paltrowitz, TransAction Magazine
Read the review here
"...Go Fish is a rocking tune utilizing the combined talents of both
Page and Haught. You canít help but dance to this one! Another great tune is
Company Store. Itís not a Tennessee Ernie Ford cover, but an updated protest
song of the 90ís mega-merging corporate landscape. This is the best song on the
album, and really showcases the bands talent and potential. "
-- Sean Madden, Rooted Magazine
"The self titled album from stateside band Ten Story Love is an esoteric
mix... not as clichťd as many of the new bands coming out these days. These
guys know they're good and have created this whole album, from scratch, themselves.
Including the pressing and distribution. I am personally pretty surprised a major
label hasn't snapped these guys up already, I know I would! Ten Story Love now
have pride of place in the ISR Music office CD autochanger!"
-- ISR UK (online reviews from Great Britian)
"There's nothing I love more than solid pop songs. OK, there is, and that is
solid pop songs about life and all the frustrations that surround it. And guess
what? Boston's four-piece act Ten Story Love plays exactly that. Tight and
efficient, these guys pack a punch... Who can't relate to the line 'She's the
perfect girl, and she's not mine'? Ten Story Love's The Perfect Girl, the
opening track to their self-titled debut, is a bouncy, fun number that reflects
all the emotions that go through your head every time you meet 'the perfect girl'
that you'll never have. The thing is, the band just doesn't stop there. They keep
the hits coming, back to back, without any down time in between... The band just
seems so at ease writing tight pop songs about life as they, and we all, know it...
Never stale, and always fun, this band keeps things lively from track one to track
-- Alex Steininger, In Music We Trust
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"From the instant of pressing play and hearing the opening chords of The
Perfect Girl, you know that this four piece is a tight unit... Ten Story Love
fills their self-titled CD with plenty of well-crafted pop/rock... The lyrics
are often clever and the melodies hummable. If you see their name in a band
lineup at your local club, turn off the t.v. and GO CHECK 'EM OUT."
-- Jeff Anderson, Indie Journal
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"[Ten Story Love] alludes to some time and place either past or yet to come
where accessible, simple, catchy, sometimes folksy pop didn't (or won't) have to
be vapid, slick and clichť -- 1966, maybe, when the Byrds and the Who were doing
it. The lyrics do a good job of sustaining metaphors through the course of a
four-minute song without getting repetitious, like The Perfect Girl -- a
love(sick) song that brings a new, literal bent to the term 'art rock' (they
reference Picasso and Monet like Puff Daddy name-drops designer labels). The
production is clean, the rhythm and lead guitars mesh together well and there are
enough curveballs thrown in to keep it nicely varied."
-- Nate Patrin, Demorama
"It's rock 'n' roll the good ol' fashioned way, as Ten
Story Love employs the seemingly timeless electric guitar as its primary weapon
and uses classic rock as a stalwart reference point. With an emphasis on lyrical
astuteness, tunes like Human Torch and Stuck focus on the complex
emotions that mold our everyday lives. Thoughtful and personal yet not overly
draining, the majority of tunes here provide for a carefree, affable listening
-- Andrew Magilow, Splendid e-zine
Read the review here
"Every now and again a band comes along that force you to
listen to their CD, and suddenly, youíre in love. You canít seem to put your
finger on it, but the CD simply makes you feel good... The band delivers an
intense lyrical journey while maintaining a light-hearted, upbeat mood throughout...
Filled with wonderful analogies and superb metaphors, Ten Story Love puts the 'art'
back in 'smart'."
-- Oscar Aparicio, Altar Native issue #10, May 1999
"On their total DIY debut, these four boys from New England remind us why we
like rock and roll in the first place: it's fun! The band has done their homework,
expertly moving from one style to another... Ten Story Love show they have a wide
and very excellent taste in music... The fact that this CD exists is proof enough
that there are still people who care about rock and roll, and bands like Ten Story
Love deserve our support."
-- Michael Van Gorden, Consumable Online
The full review is here
"Make no mistake. This is one of the tightest sounding bands
I've heard in a while. They do what they do in music better than anyone. For this
reason, my crystal balls are telling me that they're going to be on the top 40
before I die... PLEASE listen to them."
-- Ben Ohmart, The Music Dish
"Good DIY stuff from a band that's off to a great start.
Ten Story Love's fuzz guitar-based pop tunes are simple and catchy... Whoever had
his hands on the knobs for this one knew what he was doing-- the sound quality
--Babysue Magazine, April 1999
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"...this is pretty damned good. If I had a label, I'd sign
them. And you know I don't say that a lot. These guys are very good at what they
do. I think I'm gonna listen to the disc all over again..."
--Jon Worley, Aiding & Abetting #178
"The band seems to know well how to write tunes you can
easily remember for a long time. Simple yet authentic, loud yet melodic, Ten Story
Love's debut album is the perfect representative of the new American music scene...
Anyway you see it, Ten Story Love's debut is a promising beginning."
-- Yannis Florakis, Babylon
"The hard hooks of The Perfect Girl and It Happens
Every Time are irresistible... there's some tasteful funk that appears on the
breaks on Stuck, and the band wears it on their sleeves on the beautiful
Marian On The Steps. There's a lot of passion and talent on Ten Story Love
and it's a treat to experience. Really, there's nowhere for this band to go but up.
I have a feeling they'll live up to their name."
-- Claudio Sossi, Shake It Up
Ten Story Love was also featured on RadioDayz.
You can hear Scot & Brad's interview on the