Album Review: Tenplusone – “Tenplusone”
It’s been long established by now of course that, as long as there are places out there serving booze and playing loud music, that there will be scuzzy dirtbag rock ‘n’ roll bands out there, and thank feck for that. Hailing from South Wales and featuring at least one ex-member of sadly missed valleys nutters the Sick Livers, Tenplusone are another band adding their name to a noble lineage that goes all the way back to the likes of Motorhead, the Damned, the UK Subs and GBH.
More than anything though, the band these guys remind me of a lot is Dirt Box Disco – they peddle a similarly filthy ‘n’ furious brand of shoutalong punk with an unexpected melodic streak, a sly sense of humour and plenty of gratuitous swearing. The likes of A Lot To Say, Muddy As Fuck, Tattoos And Tiaras and Over And Over should definitely appeal to those who like DBD and their ever-growing legion of offshoot bands.
If there’s a slight criticism to be levelled here it’s that Tenplusone don’t really vary their sound much throughout the (appropriately enough) eleven tracks on this album, and this is therefore an album that’s more likely to appeal to those who like this sort of music already rather than bring in any new converts. But sometimes there’s a case for sticking to what you’re good at, and this is the sort of music that doesn’t really require you to think too hard, and is all about a few pints of beer and a good bit of moshing. So no harm done.
You can download Tenplusone’s debut for the not unreasonable price of a mere three of your British pounds from their Bandcamp page here.
Don't expect anything out of the ordinary here, but this is a competent enough first offering from these Welshmen which delivers a simple no-frills half hour of scuzzy riffs, choruses you can bellow along to and a decent knack for a tune. And sometimes that's all you want really.