Sometimes when band members reunite, it's as if no time has passed and nothing has changed. That couldn't be further from the truth for 10 Years. And, that's a good thing. When guitarist/drummer Brian Vodinh and guitarist Matt Wantland returned to the alt-metal/post-grunge band for their eighth album and Mascot Records debut, (How To Live) As Ghosts, they burst through their comfort zones to create something new. Something better. Something career-defining.
With Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Alice in Chains, Deftones, Ghost, Mastodon) behind the boards, 10 Years was able to create their most dynamic and multi-dimensional record to date. Raskulinecz also encouraged the band to strip away some of the vocal production they've grown accustomed to in order to reveal a more intimate side. "In the past, I've written a lot of songs that were pretty ambiguous," says singer Jesse Hasek. "But on this record, I'm more comfortable being direct and talking about things that are important to me."
On lead single, "Novacaine," Hasek looks inward. "Six albums and a hundred songs in, I wondered if I've already written my best stuff," he admits. "But at some point, you start to get real adult problems. Life has such a numbing to it. You see people go from such optimism in their 20's to having life just beat them down later. I think we all kind of get desensitized and numb to life on some level. That's what this song is about."