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Ten Story Love

by Ten Story Love

Roots rock and power pop; Fully-amped songs with meaty hooks and tasty melodies.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Perfect Girl
3:28 $0.99
2. Go Fish
3:19 $0.99
3. Stuck
3:48 $0.99
4. Marian On The Steps
3:55 $0.99
5. It Happens Every Time
3:17 $0.99
6. Human Torch
3:58 $0.99
7. The Way We Live
3:02 $0.99
8. The Company Store
4:54 $0.99
9. Grinding Wheel
2:56 $0.99
10. All Cried Out
3:36 $0.99
11. In A Different World
4:26 $0.99
12. Breakdown Lane
2:55 $0.99
13. This Island Earth
4:16 $0.99
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Album Notes
Ten Story Love plays guitar-powered pop; Put Matthew Sweet, Cheap Trick, Todd Rundgren, Tom Petty, Fountains of Wayne and Paul Westerberg in a blender... besides the big mess, it just might come out sounding something like Ten Story Love.

Ten Story Love is the name of both the band and their first CD, a collection of 13 songs about life, love, work, philosophy, and even a 'Big Question' or two. Based in the New England/Boston area, Ten Story Love writes and performs something between Power Pop & Garage Rock. Their songs center on smart lyrics wrapped around tasty, memorable melodies with anthemic guitars and unbridled energy. While the dual guitar team of Brad Page & Scot Gibbs are formidable as soloists, Ten Story Love has been called 'the Jedi Masters of the lost art of rhythm guitar'.

This is a disc chock-full of loud, rocking pop with meaty hooks and heart, spirit and soul to spare. Looking both backward and forward at the same time, the album fuses Kinks, Big Star and White Album-era Beatles influences effortlessly without any retro hangover. Each song has a hook and melody that in a better world, would be all over the radio.



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Crank it up, it's infectious.
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.


Up-beat, easy to listen to, and diverse - a definate winner! I love many types of music (Rock, Jazz, R&B, Classical, Hip-Hop, Pop), but I am no music expert. Rather than listening for words that "speak to me", I listen for the rhythm and a good overall sound. Ten Story Love's songs are up-beat, easy to listen to, and diverse. I especially like "The Perfect Girl", "Marian On The Steps", and "The Way We Live". I wouldn't be surprised if at least 2 of these received some serious air-time from local stations. If you like the kind of music that keeps you going without distracting you from what you are doing, you'll like this cd. This is the first that I've heard of these guys and I'm glad I made the purchase.


This truly is life, captured on disc. There are 13 songs on this CD-each strikes a different chord, awakens a different feeling, all woven together to form the experience which is Ten Story Love. The emotions run the gamut from the wistful lusting of "Perfect Girl" to the down-in-the-dumpster pain of "Stuck". Brad and Scot's vocals are brimming with feeling, their guitar work energetic, the rhythm section of Mike and Jason driving the band and keeping the energy level high. They have managed to deal with the issues that affect us all-freedom, love, loss, pain, and the day-to-day monotony without the dark loathing of the Cure's Robert Smith nor the naivete of the numerous one-hit wonders of the past decade. They have dealt with these feelings and emotions with a positive energy and reflectionary tone which makes the songs genuine and uplifting. There is truly something here for everyone. I have not seen them live, but after feeling the energy of their new disc, I cannot wait...after hearing for yourself, I'm sure I'll be seeing you at the next "Love-In"!

Chris Medaglia

Life, love, art, religion, politics. It's all here in a neatly polished package called Ten Story Love, the self-produced first album for this group hailing from New England. From the chunky opening riff of "The Perfect Girl" to the closing NASA recording of "This Island Earth", this recording shines with solid performances, pop sensibilities, and very clean recording, all the more impressive since it was recorded at guitarist/vocalist Brad Page's house. The record starts off with the upbeat pop-rocker "The Perfect Girl", which uses art as a metaphor to decribe the timeless beauty of an inaccessible (of course) girl and slides right into "Go Fish", a driving anthem propelled by the driving bass and drums of Michael Haught and Jason Waugaman, respectively. Guitarist/vocalist Scot Gibbs picks up the vocal chores on "Stuck", which happens to be my favorite with its funky/stoney groove. The broken-record passages are a brilliant homage to vinyl records, and a fitting tribute to the music Ten Story Love grew up on. Tangy, twangy guitars add a hint of Southern Rock spice to several of the songs, in particular "The Way We Live", "Human Torch", and "Breakdown Lane", all of which have great hooks and crafty changes. The welcome mix of lyric styles resonate on "It Happens Every Time", "In A Different World" and "This Island Earth". "It Happens..." echoes the frustrations of maintaining any relationship and the often confusing messages that pass between friends and lovers. "In A Different World" addresses all the extraneous mental noise that emanates from our television sets and penetrates our psyches, making us wish for a simpler life, while "This Island Earth" captures the truly subjective nature of religious beliefs (or non-beliefs) with wry wit, cynicism and a dash of sarcasm. "Marian On The Steps" uses Marian Anderson's 1939 recital at the Lincoln Memorial as a backdrop for a message of freedom, individuality and empowerment, providing an uplifting set of lyrics to a memorable, well-crafted pop song that transcends the usual radio fare, while retaining the pop qualities that make a true radio hit. Brad Page's singing on this song shines the brightest, an understated yet powerful delivery of simple and profound lyrics. I would pick this song or "The Perfect Girl" to be the breakout hits from this refreshingly accessible record. Listen and enjoy!!

Altar Native 'zine

Every now and again a band comes along that force you to listen to their CD, and suddenly, you’re in love. You can’t 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

Consumable Online

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"

Jeff Anderson, Indie Jour

Ten Story Love fills their self-titled CD with plenty of well-crafted pop/rock. The rhythms are solid, the guitars alternating between flawless rhythm and jangling REM/Byrds riffs. The lyrics are often clever and the melodies hummable. Among the many standout tracks, "Marian On The Steps" deserves note, as does "Stuck". 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. The sincere power of this pop is at first reminiscent of great live bands such as The Knack and The Smithereens, until the vocals change the scape. Up front and personal, the vocals in Ten Story Love are hard to categorize. Several artists come to mind: Elvis Costello, David Johanssen, Joey Ramone. Perhaps a composite of all three. This is a band that seems very well suited to live shows in packed bars & clubs. Their sound is accessible and familiar but not unoriginal by any stretch. Find out more about Ten Story Love by visiting their official website (http://www.tenstorylove.com). If you see their name in a band lineup at your local club, turn off the t.v. and GO CHECK 'EM OUT. -Review by Jeff Anderson ©1999 Indie Journal

Ben Ohmart, Music Dish

"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."

Claudio Sossi

Clausio Sossi of "Shake It Up!" writes: Consider Ten Story Love a rock band that has a solid ear for melody. Consider Ten Story Love to be a group of fine musicians. While you're at it, consider them to be pretty darn good, too. Good honest rock and roll is the order of the day here, and that's always a welcome thing. The times that the band strays from their mark is pretty minimal (namely the rather ordinary The Company Store and the bluesy Grinding Wheel), as they otherwise spend their time focussed on making their songs as memorable and effective as possible. The hard hooks of The Perfect Girl and It Happens Every Time are irresistable as is the rhythm and blues feel of the cool In A Different World. 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 wonderful diversity here, and the band knows how to make a good song even better. Breakdown Lane and The Way We Live both have a slight roots-rock feel that works wonderfully, with the latter winning out by way of some solid harmonies to complement a breezy rhythm. The band's sound also benefits from the production efforts of band member Brad Page, who does a fantastic job of making the band sound as good as they deserve to sound. 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.

Yannis Florakis

Yannis Florakis of Babylon (fanzine from Greece) writes: "Ten Story Love's debut CD is an authentic rock album featuring 13 power-pop songs. 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 with the many great song-oriented rock bands... Anyway you see it, Ten Story Love's debut is a promising beginning." -- Yannis Florakis, Babylon
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