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Album Review: First Light by Ten Thousand (AUS)

19 May 2015 // A review by Peter-James Dries

You may have seen in our music news last month the announcement that Aussie band Ten Thousand are releasing their new album First Light. While the press release, which described the album as “infusing elements of pychedelia, industrial electronica and undeniable arena rock” advertised the album enough to grab anyone’s attention, I decided to take a closer look and put my own two cents in.

While Ten Thousand, may not be New Zealand music in the strictest sense, which is our specialty here at Muzic.net.nz, this isn’t the first time we’ve let an international band slip into out reviews on a technicality. And if the band drums up enough support, there is the possibility the band will wash up on our shores one day, which judging by their new record, will be an amazing show. As the press release said, this is undeniable arena rock. Big, loud, ambitious, good.

First Light is a fusion between the Alternative Prog-Rock styling of early Muse releases mixed with the drive of neo-Hard Rock acts like Candlebox and just a hint of driving Blues. I could pick dozen more internationally renowned artists out of my word hole, all of your favourites, if it would convince you to listen to this band, because there are elements of the best bits of most of them in this album. The band wears their influences on their sleeves, but unlike a lot of bands that exist in tribute to their favourite acts, Ten Thousand have done a good job of making their sound their own. 

As an entirely self-produced album the band has obviously had the time, without pressures of deadlines signed bands face, to refine the tracks. The extra layers, as subtle as they can be, beef up the track and take it from a garage rock band to a higher level.  To keep up that level of aural detail for thirteen tracks takes artist integrity and some degree of OCD.

With five members, unrestrained by cost, time or management, I’m glad to see there is no evidence of Too Many Cooks syndrome. There are no jarring genre and style shifts behind tracks, as if the drummer, bass player and guitarist took turns writing. It’s a testimony to how well the band members mesh to make one whole, unique, sound that is a sum of all their parts.

First Light is out May 15th from iTunes and Spotify or you can stream the album from Soundcloud or the Ten Thousand Website.

As a side note, here are some pretty decent shots of behind the scenes during the recording of the album.


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