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The Tenth Stage

by The Tenth Stage

An eclectic mix of electronic / gothic / classical and reggae which will appeal to fans of Depeche Mode, Dead Can Dance and Nick Cave. If you like intelligent music that's close the the dark side then have a listen.
Genre: Electronic: Electronica
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Tenth Stage
4:44 album only
2. The Hangman Retribution
3:58 album only
3. Wolf Call
5:38 album only
4. Banquet For Eight (Macquarie Harbour 1822)
4:19 album only
5. Francois Martin
4:13 album only
6. Mary Rose
3:39 album only
7. Maman Marie's Dance
6:46 album only
8. Storage Problem (the dilemma of Pogo)
3:59 album only
9. Sweet Jenny
4:27 album only
10. St Giles In The Fields (1665 AD)
3:36 album only
11. The Lady Of The House
3:21 album only
12. Criminal World
6:21 album only
13. I Never Promised You A Rose Garden
5:28 album only
14. Epilogue
4:27 album only


Album Notes
THE TENTH STAGE, formed in January 2006, is a band that formed from a common interest in the darker side of mainstream culture and music. Members are Roberto Massaglia (vocalist and lyricist for Melbourne industrial dance band Tankt) and John Von Ahlen (owner of Subterrane Studio, which has produced Belinda Emmett’s album—Top Ten in the ARIA Charts, Delta Goodrem, Gina G, Big Brother, Rove Live, Nova (Dance act). Roberto writes lyrics and is the main vocalist while John plays theremin, bass guitar and piano and is the band's engineer,
producer and all-round studio wiz.

THE TENTH STAGE’s music can be defined as dark, theatrical pop with an enigmatic blend of synthetic and acoustic instruments. Their sound is an eclectic mix of electronica, dub, reggae and classical music blended together to create twisted pop tales from the darkside – an ironic fist in a velvet glove.

Roberto and John met, and began a friendship which led to THE TENTH STAGE long before Roberto recorded vocals for Tankt at Subterrane Studio in 2005. The pair met while attending kickboxing classes and their friendship spans many years (and a few black eyes and bruises). While Roberto sang in Tankt, John had been busy in the studio producing and programming and was looking for a creative outlet for his own musical productions. When Tankt recorded at Subterrane, the pair found that they shared many similar tastes in music. After this collaboration the pair decided to record a song together. That song was “The Hangman Retribution” and once completed the pair discovered that they had created something which they both were very excited about, and decided to pursue it further.
Roberto and John are the band's core members,but THE TENTH STAGE has an expanded musical vision, and incorporates a range of musicians and singers, both on stage and in their recorded work – they see the project as being more like a theatre performance than a straight-up rock band and they recruit cast members to bring their dark ditties to life. Listening to their album or watching one of their shows is like a cross between pop and vaudeville – each song has been deliberately developed as a tale, a morality play, a circus of performers and freaks living comedy and tragedy through sound and vision. They appeal to your heart and
imagination while sating the senses with an intriguing musical mélange.

Their debut self titled LP was written in early 2006 and is based around the ideas of Murder Ballads, Australian Colonial History and the darker side of humanity. To bring this project to life they recruited an impressive array of musicians including, in an amazing musical coup, Ian Burden (Ex - The Human League) who they knew from John's stint as webmaster of the unofficial Human League website. The album also features performances from the crème de la crème of Melbourne’s dark alternative artists including several members of the Crash Frequency collective, of which THE TENTH STAGE is also a member. Collaborators include Mark Tansley (Suspiria, Intra Venus), Angel Theory, Angelspit, Chris McCarter (IKON), and the inimitable vocal ability of The Baroness (Opera Macabre).

THE TENTH STAGE are currently touring in support of their self titled debut, appearing as the Headline Act for the Under The Blue Moon festival in Sydney. They also perform as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival in Sep 2007. They plan to release their second album Grand Guignol late 2007 and are developing a series of theatrical performances where they will bring to life the dark tales within the first LP with a cast of musicians and performers in an unforgettable and lavishly presented pop cabaret.
They are being published in an American biography about Peter Godwin, co-writer of the song “Criminal World” which is covered on their debut self-titled album. They have completed a fully animated promotional video clip for their gothic ballad "Francois Martin" released in July 2007 and available for viewing from The
Tenth Stage website and myspace, with guaranteed airplay on major video shows. The band have also been released on several compilations (Machines Against Hunger, Funeral Vol1, Consume Vol 6) in USA which receive high airplay on college radio across America.

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