“These guys show an energy and drive most rock bands can’t muster.”
- Jian Ghomeshi, Host of CBC PLAY
“Ten Ways From Sunday is an indie band that gets it. Great guys with dedication and amazing persistence! They have the drive and determination to get noticed and the talent to back it up. They are about to embark on a World Domination Tour.”
- Todd Hancock, 99.3 The Fox
“Ten Ways From Sunday has got it all - they write great songs, their live show is terrific, and they're super-pros all the way. I can't seem to get their songs outta my head.”
- Trace Ventura, CFOX Indie Music Director ’98 - ’04
Vancouver-based Ten Ways From Sunday is a band that revels in the long-standing tradition of epic, old school arena rock. In fact, this five-piece would surely make the editors of Creem Magazine or Rolling Stone circa 1975 wet with anticipation.
Driven by a relentless need to change the soundscape of the music industry, Ten Ways From Sunday writes and performs without limitation. True to their word, this band rocks its fans to dizzying highs and implausible depths. Frontman Matt Layzell embellishes each and every song with intense and deeply personal lyrics that accent the high voltage energy put forth by fellow band mates. Guitarist Dave Young intertwines creative and often intricate parts to fill out bassist Mike Young’s powerful and melodic lines, while drummer Trav Robson supports it all with a steady yet laid back style. Together, they create a sound that is intensely dynamic and inspiring, both musically and lyrically.
“There’s something in the freedom of stadium rock that speaks to all of us,” explains Layzell. “I think we like the fact that with this genre of music we aren’t constrained to a typical song structure and we’re free to experiment with whatever feels right. The appeal is in the flexibility – you listen to a band like Led Zeppelin and they’ve got blues in one song, straight ahead rock in another, and jazz elements in the next.
“We like the diversity it allows us, we don’t want every one of our songs to sound just like the other.” And they don’t. But they still sound like Ten Ways From Sunday.
This attitude – or lack thereof – accurately reflects the dedication Ten Ways From Sunday pour into their music, and the devotion to their fan base. It’s no wonder that these five friends are making a huge impact on the modern-rock scene wherever they play – be it on national television or in their favourite live venue at home in Vancouver.
And the band’s hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed. Their first single “You’ve Been Around” was licensed for EA Sports NHL 2004 video game, they have been featured on some of Canada’s most progressive modern rock stations, and they performed last year on CBC’s Great Canadian Music Dream, giving this indie group strong legs to stand on.
Incidentally – the name Ten Ways From Sunday emerged from a ‘heated conversation’ between vocalist Matt Layzell and a drinking buddy. Feuding over the results of a recent hockey game, the companion threatened to kick Matt’s ass “ten ways from Sunday.” With phrase in hand they approached the other members of the group and sealed their fate.
With its first commercial release “What I Wanted,” the band has earned appreciative support from coast to coast. Recorded at Vancouver’s famed Greenhouse Studios and mastered by Tom Baker (STP, NIN, Deftones) the debut EP showcases the diversity of their musical aspirations. Often compared with the likes of Stone Temple Pilots and Incubus, Ten Ways From Sunday continues to evolve as brothers Mike and Dave Young bring new influences since touring alongside world-renowned artist Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad).
Currently, Ten Ways From Sunday is promoting a follow-up self-titled EP recorded at the Armoury Studios in Vancouver with Devin Townsend as producer. The new CD showcases 7 new songs that further demonstrate Ten Ways From Sunday growing ability to create diverse and passionate music. It is clear that this is a band that has found itself artistically and is ready to blow up. Watch for Ten Ways From Sunday to be touring in support of the new CD through 2005.
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