10 Years Biography
This Alternative-Rock outfit first came together in the late '90s in Knoxville, Tennessee USA with a line-up comprising of vocalist Michael Lee, lead guitarist Matt Wantland, rhythm guitarist Ryan 'Tater' Johnson, bassist Andy Parks and drummer Brian Vodinh.
10 Years issued the self-financed "Into The Half Moon" album in 2001. One year later frontman Jesse Hasek replaced Lee and the band parted company with Parks.
With new bass player, Lewis Cosby, on board, the Eastern Tennessee rockers officially launched their groundbreaking EP, "Killing All That Holds You", in April of 2003; the next year they re-released the disc with 4 extra tracks, then hit the road to tour the U.S. with the likes of Nonpoint, Saliva, Shinedown, Velvet Revolver and Sevendust as well as started working on material for their Republic/Universal Records debut.
The band finally released its first major label album, "The Autumn Effect", in August 2005, it reached #72 on The Billboard Top 200 chart while the main single, "Wasteland", climbed to #1 on The Modern Rock chart, falling one slot short of the same position on the Mainstream Rock side; "Through The Iris" peaked at #20 on The Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and the final single, "Waking Up", reached #32 on the same chart.
Having spent the better part of two years on the road, the band members planned in October 2006 to take a month off and then dive back into writing mode. They aimed to re-enter the studio in early 2007 with the intention of finishing their next album that spring. But just a few weeks after they started coming up with riffs and melodies, it became clear they were going to have to throw away the calendar. "Division", finally saw the light of day in May of 2008; as it turned out, the album was well worth the wait. Musically eclectic, technically adept and emotionally poignant, the songs shatter preconceptions, revealing a tapestry of previously unexplored influences and a larger array of stunning melodies. It debuted at #12 on The Billboard 200 and the first single, "Beautiful", peaked at #6 on The Hot Mainstream Rock chart and at #14 on The Hot Modern Rock Tracks. The disc contained two more Hot Mainstream Rock top 40 hits: "So Long, Good-Bye" and "Actions And Motives".
Before the group were due to start recording their third Universal Republic album, Matt Wantland left the fold and was replaced on guitar by none other than their drummer, Brian Vodinh. On the subsequent album's supporting tour, the band hired drummer Matt Brown.
"Feeding The Wolves" arrived in August 2010 and entered The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #17 while the inaugural single, "Shoot It Out", rocketed to #6 on the Active Rock chart and stopped just short of the Altenative Songs top 20. The second single was the sleek anthem "Fix Me", which hit #10 on the Active Rock radio chart.
July 2012 saw 10 Years release its sixth studio album, "Minus The Machine", via their own Palehorse Records in conjunction with Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group. The disc, which marked the first release on their own label after a long tenure at Universal, peaked at #26 on The Billboard 200; the hard-driving first single, "Backlash", climbed into the top 20 of The Hot Mainstream Rock airplay chart and was followed by another Rock radio hit: "Dancing With The Dead".