When 10 Years has gone into the studio to record a new record in the past something always happens that has kept the group from getting the edge its desired — until now. On August 31, when 10 Years releases its new album titled “Feeding the Wolves,” fans will get a chance to hear the heavier sound of 10 Years, something that bassist Lewis Cosby said the band has been searching for.
“We’ve been trying to write a heavier record for years and years. Each time when we go in something happens and the record doesn’t necessarily turn out as heavy as we wanted it to, and our heavier songs don’t make it on the album,” Cosby said. “This time we stood up for ourselves. We’re tired of misrepresenting ourselves to people. On the last record we released two frigid power ballads type songs on for the radio and that’s what people think we are. Then people come and see us play live and we going ape shit and they’re like wow, ‘I didn’t expect that,’ and I’m really tired of hearing that.”
The group began recording their third major label record in March. It took about a month in the studio to get the sound they wanted. “The making of each record that we’ve done so far has been a unique experience.
“This one by far has been the best experience for all of us, personally and professionally,” Cosby said. “We were really jelling with the producer Howard Benson. His whole team was just great and they really got what we were going for. Everything just came a lot more naturally. When I listen to this record this is how I envisioned us sounding when we started 11 years ago.”
Fans can hear the first single off the record titled, “Shoot it Out,” on iTunes.
“We really fought for this record to turn out the way it did and it did turn out the way we wanted it to,” Cosby said. “People are going to hear it and are going to say, ‘wow, that’s 10 years? I didn’t know they were capable of that.’”
Perhaps the reason 10 Years’ fans might be surprised to hear the harder edge of the band is that their commercial success has come from their slower songs. In 2005, 10 Years released their major label debut, ‘The Autumn Effect’ that featured the song “Wasteland.” The song spent over 12 months on the Rock charts before reaching No. 1. The band’s second biggest hit was a song called, “Beautiful,” another song that featured the group’s softer side.
“When we got in and first starting writing the first song we completed was ‘Shoot it Out.’ Brian (Vodinh) came in with that rift and we’re really picky about stuff,” Cosby said. “If someone comes in with something and they lay it down, and it’s just kind of all right it automatically gets tossed out. This was one of those ones that came in and we’re like ‘holy shit,’ we’ve got to do something with this. We’re stubborn in all aspects. We’re a pain in the ass to deal with.”
10 Years has been touring with Flyleaf and Fair to Midland, but will now be promoting “Feeding the Wolves,” at the Carnival of Madness tour that has an all-star lineup featuring Shinedown, Chevelle, Puddle of Mudd, and Sevendust. The tour begins on July 16 in Jacksonville, Florida, and continues through the end of August.
“This is going to be so much fun. All these bands we’ve had history with,” Cosby said of the tour. “We’ve toured with all of them except one- Brent [Smith] with Shinedown is from our home town. I’ve been watching him play since the 6th grade. He’s a longtime friend. We love the Sevendust guys. I have a feeling it’s going to be a big blockbuster parking lot party on a daily basis.”
“Feeding the Wolves” is due out August 31st, with the lead single “Shoot It Out” available at digital retailers now.
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