Album Review: Tenplusone – “Accept Nothing Question Everything”
Well blimey that was quick. A mere three months after the release of their self-titled debut album, Welsh scuzz-punks Tenplusone have clearly been busy, and hence we get a new seven song mini-album from them to round 2018 out.
Even more impressive is that even though it’s only been a matter of weeks since their last release, “Accept Nothing Question Everything” sees the group already starting to evolve their sound a bit. While their debut was a fun slice of Dirt Box Disco style spit ‘n’ sawdust punk, the seven songs here show a much angrier and more serious side to their repertoire, with the political fury of “Public Image” (not a cover of the PIL song) and “The Need For Greed” both having an impressive fury to barrel them along.
The band that Tenplusone actually remind me of the most here is Stiff Little Fingers, as they have the same mix of tunefulness and aggression that Jake Burns and co did on “Nobody’s Heroes” or “Go For It”, and sound all the better for it. The slow-fast dynamic of “Whose Side?” shows that the evolution hasn’t just been in the lyrics as well, as they seem to be taking a few more chances musically.
I have to say, this new found righteous fury actually suits Tenplusone pretty well, and should provide proof that they’re definitely in this for the long haul. An impressive jump forward, especially given how short the gap between releases was.
Given its quick genesis, this is an impressive effort from Tenplusone which shows them moving their sound forward into new, angrier, waters similar to groups like Dragster or the Filaments. If you'd written these guys off as a run of the mill glam-punk band, prepare to be surprised, in a good way.