COUNT YOURSELF IN
Ten Second Epic
Black Box Recordings
7-out of 10
Coming out of the Alberta capital is the emerging band Ten Second Epic. This is another really solid rock outfit, who have put together a debut effort well worth giving a few listenings.
Count Yourself In is one of those albums where you are left waiting for the band's next CD because you just feel these guys will get better with age, and given the strength of the debut that is a very good thought indeed. The good news is, at least according to the band's website (find it at www.tensecondepic.com) the band is busy readying itself for a new album, so we can wait in anticipation of that.
Like many bands Ten Second Epic might be most recognizable for the voice of its lead singer. In this case it's Andrew Usenik who carries the ball vocally, and he does it with a certain panache. You're going to like what you hear from him.
Musically, this five-piece unit has what I think of as a modern rock approach, lyrically interesting, driving music, and solid vocals, all coming together for a decidedly modern sound.
There are 10 songs here, and there really isn't a weak spot in the bunch. At the same time I can't really say I found one song that was clearly 'a grab you by the throat and demand to be liked tune' either.
Instead, it's solid start to finish, from Suck It Up, Princess, through the title cut, all the way to Point Blank Victoria.
A winner for sure, although I still think we'll hear better from Ten Second Epic as experience grows. That said you'll be glad you picked up Count Yourself In as it could well be the launch pad for a solid Canadian rock career.
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Dec. 5, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada