Armed with old bastardized mid-century guitars, hand-me-down fiddles and banjos, home-made contraptions with just enough tension on a string to be considered an instrument and any random percussive item he can get his hands or feet on, Lincoln Durham is a roots-rock revivalist with a heavy amped edge, preaching the gospel of some new kind of depraved music. With driving guttural beats back-boning various growling stringed instruments Lincoln gives birth to a sound that transcends genres with his dark, poetic and raw writing style, telling tales that E.A. Poe would have been proud of.
Lincoln's musical odyssey began in the little Texas town of Itasca when his grandpa, Charlie, and dad, Ed, put a fiddle in his hands at age 4. He would grow into an accomplished fiddle player around Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, winning the Texas State Youth Fiddle Championship at age 10. Lincoln afterward followed the path so many musicians have, finding his vice in the seductive, siren-like callings of the electric guitar, or, in Lincoln's case, the acoustic slide guitar with gnarly pickups haphazardly screwed into it.
Lincoln's true biography is in his live show. The passion in his sweat drenched, mesmerizing one-man-band show draws you in to feel every scar and drop of blood in his painfully intimate lyrics. It takes something beautifully "off" to get on stage with just hands and feet for a band, driven by a howling voice, and morbidly preach a music that harkens back to the old blues masters, Son House and Fred McDowell, infused with the edge and angst of Tom Waits and Nick Cave.
The Two Tens
Made up of Adam Bones on guitar and vocals alongside co-conspirator Rikki Styxx on drums and backing vocals, the duo’s DIY pursuits were funded the old-fashioned way: hard work, playing local gigs, and selling handmade custom merch. After releasing their four EPs digitally, the band spearheaded a very successful PledgeMusic campaign to release the full-length on CD, so impressing Man Della Record in the process that the label stepped up to release Volume on 12-inch clear vinyl.
Since then, The Two Tens have signed with Man Della, releasing their second album, On Repeat, on August 18, 2017. For On Repeat, they tracked three songs in Minneapolis with producer John Fields (Dollyrots, Andrew WK, Pink), including “Keeping Hope Alive,” the lead-off single released on February 10, 2017 (2/10/17). The LP was finished in Los Angeles with the Volume team of producer Bruce Duff and engineer Paul Roessler, with Fields mixing.
What the press have been saying:
"The Two Tens exude a ferocious sound live and we don’t see any signs of them letting up." - LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE
"….an intensely raw performance.” - L.A. RECORD
“The Two Tens’ new ‘Keeping Hope Alive’ single is seriously cool. If you ain’t hooked on these cats by this point, c’mon—unhook that respirator and get out once in a while.” – BLURT MAGAZINE
“On Repeat is a 14-song set that ranges from the hard-driving, straight-ahead punk intensity of the title track to Adam Bones’ urgently romantic vocals and chiming power-pop guitars on 'Keeping Hope Alive.’” - L.A. WEEKLY
“Los Angeles-based garage punk duo the Two Tens won acclaim for their raw sound on debut album Volume, and now are planning to take things in a slightly poppier — but still hardcore — direction for sophomore set On Repeat. Yahoo Music is excited to give fans a preview of the new music with the video for 'Mean Spirit' — which combines a gritty, Nirvana-influenced visual theme with something unexpected … a cheeky game of dodgeball!” - YAHOO! MUSIC
“An exercise in focused tension and bombastic release, The Two Tens' On Repeat is the garage-punk love album you'll want to listen to over and over again.” - ATWOOD MAGAZINE
“The Los Angeles-based duo pick up right where Volume left off with On Repeat. Bones and Styxx have that recognizable punch-to-the-gut song structure with quick bursts of garage-punk music. From the bombastic opening title track throughout the sequence, On Repeat captures the Two Tens live, in-your-face sound with the positively pop groove of ‘Keeping Hope Alive,’ to the nearly metal offering ‘Mean Spirit’ and a cover of Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s ‘Nerve Damage!’” - INNOCENT WORDS MAGAZINE
ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE TWO TENS – ON REPEAT: “The Two Tens are a fiery duo from the City of Angels that can cause a ruckus. Their sophomore release On Repeat is a banger of an album. Guitarist and vocalist Adam Bones oozes endless swagger while Rikki Styxx brings the thunder on drums. Together they create a rad sound that’s intense and harmonious.” - MOTIF MAGAZINE
“ …singer-guitarist Adam Bones and drummer-vocalist Rikki Styxx shred and smash like decades of no-frills punk-rockers before them, the DNA of the Ramones and ’70s power-pop in On Repeat’s bloodstream and veins bulging on heavier stuff, like the pugilistic 'Mean Spirit.' On Repeat is as hooky as it is concise. Forty minutes, no thumb-sucking.” - BUZZBANDS L.A
[5/5 stars!] “… they haven’t equalled their stunning debut, they’ve surpassed it. The Two Tens are a perfect blend of old school punk energy, snotty garage attitude and sweet sixties pop, and it would seem the duo, Adam Bones and Rikki Styxx, have formed a perfect partnership as they have now released two flawless albums in as many years. The Two Tens have delivered an album that I can’t fault on any level, and I doubt that I’ll hear a better album this year, On Repeat is a prophetic album title as that’s exactly what has happened since I first played it and if The Two Tens keep up their current trajectory then I’m going to have to add another star to our rating system for their next album.” - THE PUNK SITE
“Anyone who complains about the dearth of good rock and roll has clearly never heard L.A. duo The Two Tens.” - AXS
[4.5/5 stars!] “The Two Tens haven’t lost one bit of authenticity from their last album. On Repeat is laden with powerful hooks, some ranging from buoyant to sinister. For a two piece only comprising of guitar, vocals and drums, Bones and Styx reach a much wider soundscape. Guitar chords that rage with thickness, drums that resonate bodly, and lively vocal harmonies render a complete wall of sound.” - SOUND RENAISSANCE
“The Two Tens lean punk rock-always fun, never taking things too seriously, a great relief from the struggles of today’s world.” - GRIMY GOODS
“Think the Ramones with a little more vocal range and a dash more imagination.” - DEEP IN THE MUSIC