Album Reviews: The Two Tens ‘On Repeat’

For a two piece only comprising of guitar, vocals and drums, Bones and Styxx reach a much wider soundscape. Guitar chords that rage with thickness and drums that resonate bodly renders a complete wall of sound.

 


Genre: Punk
Release Date: August 18, 2017
Number of Tracks: 14
Label: Man Della Records
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Purchase: CD, Vinyl, MP3


Last year, the Adam Bones and Rikki Styxx emerged into the punk scene with an avalanche of a debut album. It took two years and four EPs for Volume to unfold, but it was well worth the wait. The Two Tens delivered 12 garage-punk tracks infusing snappy power-pop rhythms with vintage grittiness. Now the LA duo is back with their sophomore album, On Repeat. The news came early this year when Bones and Styxx released the bombshell single, “Not Alright.” The drums and guitars hit with more raw energy than ever. Bone’s vocals embody a blues-driven slap-back that echo with a vintage tinge. Then “Keeping Hope Alive” was released as a melodic no-frills love song with a heartfelt sing-along.

Like Volume, the duo continues the belt out Ramones-esq three-chord anthems such as the opening title track as well as  “Burden.” And “Feel So Dumb” sounds like a near exact replica of a classic Ramones song. Similarly “Crushed Me” embodies the snappy punk landscape espoused by bands like Screeching Weasel and The Queers. The colorful overtones and bubbly melodies give this song a truly catchy feel. And unleashing some angst, Styxx takes the lead on “Leave Me Behind,” an upbeat firecracker of a song that rivals the early days of seminal hardcore.

The Two Tens haven’t lost one bit of authenticity from their last album. On Repeat is laden with powerful hooks, some ranging from buoyant to sinister. For a two piece only comprising of guitar, vocals and drums, Bones and Styxx reach a much wider soundscape. Guitar chords that rage with thickness, drums that resonate bodly, and lively vocal harmonies render a complete wall of sound.


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