Ten Year Vamp is:
Ten Year Vamp... female-fronted, high-energy, modern radio rock... Pink meets the Foo Fighters with pints full of personality, charm, and sex appeal! Described by music media as the next No Doubt, Ten Year Vamp has sold thousands of CD's, earning them a spot on the Billboard charts and numerous local, regional, and national awards along the way.
Ten Year Vamp's latest release is called Lust, a 5 track, high energy pop/rock collection with a unique perspective on love and lust. "Every night we're playing in some club or concert hall watching the audience. We've seen every possible permutation of love and lust… the stories unfold right in front of us." says front-woman Debbie Gabrione. "We had fantastic success with our last album and the royalties are still great. These new songs are even better and we'll work hard to make sure we get even better publishing deals this time around" says Mark Rose, co-owner of Ten Year Vamp with Gabrione.
The band has performed two to four shows a week at hundreds of venues across the Northeast USA, including CBGBs, The Knitting Factory and the 20,000+ Saratoga Performing Arts Center. They've shared the bill with bands like Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Lifehouse, Good Charlotte, One Republic, Gavin DeGraw, Finger Eleven, Fuel, Spin Doctors, The Gin Blossoms, Natasha Beddingfield, Simple Plan, Jason Derulo, Kevin Rudolf, Sean Kingston and many more.
Ten Year Vamp's first full-length album, Don't Act Like You Know Me, was featured on CNBC, Forbes.com and many other TV/news/music publications from around the world. The album was named Best Indie Album of 2009 by The Mothpod and several songs from the album were voted among the top 20 songs of 2009 by various nationwide charts. Songs from the album were used by FOX Sports, TLC, The Speed Channel, The Versus Channel, Dockers Jeans, The Adobe Corporation, and many others. Songs from the album were also featured on ABC FAMILY's, Switched At Birth, and several of MTV's prime time shows including The Jersey Shore, The Real World and The Real World Challenge.
Ten Year Vamp will be performing through-out the Northeast USA during 2012. Look for one of Ten Year Vamp's songs featured in a video game by Flammable Games called A Band, and also on the Rock Band Network. For more information, please contact the band directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ten Year Vamp has shared the bill with the following bands and musicians (in no particular order):
Ten Year Vamp Wins Rockstar Rising Contest!
Whotune Music group is pleased to announce that Ten Year vamp, the awesome female fronted rock band from Albany New York are the winners of the 'Win your band featured in Rockstar Rising' contest.
Check out Ten Year Vamps's Rockstar Rising Performance below!
Ten Year Vamp on XOXO Betsey Johnson
Ten Year Vamp's "One Night Ticket" on Episode 105 of XOXO Betsey Johnson!
Find the Episdoe HERE
Ten Year Vamp Nominated To Play At The Grammy Awards
Ten Year Vamp on MTV's Jersey Shore
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This time, they use Never Know at the very end of the show, 38:28
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Top 10 Lists
Ten Year Vamp song, Stay, Entered the Pop-Rock Top 10 on 8/1/2012
Ten Year Vamp on Teen Mom 2
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Ten Year Vamp on Snooki And JWOWW
Check out Ten Year Vamp on MTV's Snooki & JWOWW
Ten Year Vamp on Showtime's
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Check out Ten Year Vamp as the featured band on the home page of Conquer Entertainment
Just A Dash Of Geek
"I have to also take a moment to mention the music at the ending credits. Each episode plays a different song, but they are all very good. So much so that I paused just to get the name of the band that performed them – Ten Year Vamp – I really enjoyed their sound and the complimented the show perfectly. I will be going to iTunes and buying all of their songs."
Top 10 Lists
Ten Year Vamp song, Don't Be Alone With Me, Entered the Modern RockTop 10 on 7/2/2012
Top 10 Lists
Ten Year Vamp song, Got 2 Me, Entered the ROCK Top 10 on 6/8/2012
Home Page at MyWorld Music
Ten Year Vamp's song, Never Know is featured on MyWorld Music's Home page alongside LMFAO, Rhianna, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Flo Rida, and more!
Ten Year Vamp & Rockstar Wrestling
Music meets wrestling web series... Check it out!
Voted Best Band of 2012!
Ten Year Vamp was voted Best Band (pop/rock/country) in the Albany Times Union for 2012! It's worth noting that we didn't ask anyone to vote for us... and of the three bands listed, we're the only rock band.
Ten Year Vamp on Rock Band!
Download Ten Year Vamp's Got 2 Me, on Rock Band now!!!
"The Music Is Incredible"
A-Band video game for the X-box 360 receives a great review... "the music in A-Band is incredible"
Ten Year Vamp is the only band from the USA in the game.
Debbie Wins Honorable Mention!
IMR Magazine recently posted their top indie women in music from around the world.
Ten Year Vamp Represents USA
Check out A-Band for download on the X-Box 360. Ten Year Vamp's song, Got 2 Me is the one song from the USA used in the game. Learn to play like our very own Greg Nash!
Check Out Ten Year Vamp in Web Series,
Ten Year Vamp songs were used in Episodes 2-5 of this fantastic web series!
Check out Got To Me at Euterpia Radio
Ten Year Vamp on Red Bull Soundstage!
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Ten Year Vamp on DIY Network!
Ten Year Vamp song, Stay, used on "I Hate My Bath"
Ten Year Vamp Headlines FLY92's Winter Chill with Andy Grammer
Go HERE and check out some fantastic photos from the night!
Music, Film, & Fasion in Australia
See it HERE
Bohm Music Review
"All I can say is why did I not hear this band sooner? They are AWESOME!! Ten Year Vamp is made up of four rockin' dudes, a super hot chick, and lots of energy and style....I recently became aware of this band and got their newest EP, Lust, and I absolutely adore it. I have listened to the record a million times since the first time I heard it. It still has not gotten old, and I don't think it ever will. Normally I would pick a song or two and state why I like each one, but with this record I can not just pick a couple. I truly enjoy every song on Lust!
Read the whole thing HERE
Review in Target Audience Magazine
"Ten Year Vamp's front-woman, Debbie Gabrione, stands out as a combination of strong women band leaders coached by the inspirational women to lead past generations. A new album created every year except 2009 since 2005 shows the entire band as one forged by commitment and held together with a pop-rock sound that rivals the would-be fad stars of the present.... Ten Year Vamp captures that essence of youth. It reminds me of what Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Gwen Stefani, and Hannah Montana did for their respective generations - these quick, catchy songs will rally the sense of hope in otherwise tormented teens."
Don't Act Like You Know Me & Lust Reviews at MHR Today!
"Pleasures has nice rock rhythm and style, also this song glues like gum into your hair! The guitar details and the chorus lines with the choir are just fabulous!... Of female singers I have heard in this genre, Debbie is absolute the best I ever heard!... Most bands have some ups and downs throughout their albums, but Ten Year Vamp doesn`t have any dull moments at all, but high quality and very entertaining songs all the way throughout!... I have to admit I am totally blown away by the songs from this band, and of bands in this genre, Ten Year Vamp is my absolute number one!!! I can promise fans of female fronted rock, you will get hooked on this band and music immediately, so check them out now!!! 99/100"
Read the whole thing HERE
Lust Review at Angelfire.com!
"They play the picture-perfect female fronted Melodic Poprockstyle which has been quite popular ever since EVERMORE, PARAMORE, THE DONNAS, KELLY CLARCKSON and such broke through. TEN YEAR VAMP are blessed with a female lead singer (Debbie Gabrione) who does not only look good, but also has a really excellent Rock voice."
Read the whole thing HERE
Pick-of-the-Week at Music X-Ray!
"The Weekender is out with Music Xray’s staff picks for the week. These are songs definitely worth listening to!"
Read the whole thing HERE
Review at ROCK NYC
"Albany, New York's finest come on hard and stake their claim to a piece of the Hot 100 with an assault as willing to kiss about as often as bite."
Read the whole thing HERE
Debbie Interview at Ugly Scene Music Magazine
"For those who have not been fortunate enough to hear about the band they have recently released their new album ‘Lust and have had songs featured on FOX Sports, TLC and MTV’s The Real World. Ten Year Vamp has also opened for acts such as Aerosmith, Lifehouse, Fuel, Bon Jovi, Hoobastank, Drowning Pool, Finger Eleven and many more. The band will also be performing through-out the Northeast USA during 2011 and 2012...."
Read the whole thing HERE
On The Jaycast!
"What a great opener for JC Show 030. Played track Never Know, super fast and rock n Roll. Love it."
Lust Review at Wildy's World!
“For an Indie band working outside of the major label framework, Ten Year Vamp has been extremely successful at getting their music placed/licensed, and has even managed to chart in Billboard magazine. The band itself is as tight as a wire, and lead vocalist Debbie Gabrione is the type of front woman who can captivate an audience from the first note…. Lust opens with "Got 2 Me", an amped up love song about the power of love to turn her head. The high energy rocker is full of honest vulnerability meshed with toughness that's appealing in a 1980's Pat Benatar style. "Thinking Of Me" keeps the temp and energy going with a catchy rocker that seems ripe for use in an edgy romantic comedy. Gabrione's vocals are superlative as always, and you simply won't be able to sit or stand still.”
Read the full review HERE
Ten Year Vamp Added To BBS Radio
Added to BBS 24-hour Music Stream
Ten Year Vamp Featured On The Captain SIB Show!
"These guys are absolutely awesome"
Interview with Debbie at ILL Critics
"Ten Year Vamp is a female-fronted, contemporary rock band. Many say they are the next No Doubt. They have sold thousands of CD’s and have been on the Billboard charts since 2004. Get to know this group…now."
See the Entire Interview HERE
Ten Year Vamp on Political Mind
"Awesome sound with an energetic push that the listeners love and are asking for. Will have a permanent spot on both my podcasts for sure!"
Ten Year Vamp on Hooah Radio
"I would love to have a phone Interview with Ten Year Vamp - I will get their music and add to HOOAH!!!! Radio's playlist so our Troops can Rock Out to them :) I know they will be LOVED!"
Album Review at CW's Place
"With their latest release ‘Lust’, Ten Year Vamp continues to prove that when it comes to a radio friendly pop rock style of music they perform it at near perfection levels."
Read the entire review HERE
Ten Year Vamp is T&T Tunes Band of the Week!
"This band is a must hear"
Check out the review HERE
Ten Year Vamp Added To The Let It Rock Playlist
Added to the playlist alongside Motley Crue and many others!
Ten Year Vamp Album Review at Women's Radio
"This new album is a fiery collection of songs exploring everything lust and everything love."
Read the whole thing HERE
Ten Year Vamp at Pearlpalooza 2!
Ten Year Vamp headlines the 2nd stage at Pearlpalooza 2 in Albany NY. Other bands include Company of Thieves, Mutemath, Locksley and more.
More info is available here: www.pearlpalooza.com
Ten Year Vamp at Proctor's for Relief Concert!
Ten Year Vamp performs at Proctor's Theater in Schenectady NY for large benefit concert to help the local victims of the hurricane and flooding. Ten Year Vamp was interviewed on local TV and radio and the Ten Year Vamp song, "Got 2 Me" was used as a music bed for local advertsing.
Watch the YNN News Broadcast and interview with Debbie HERE
Ten Year Vamp Headlines Rocktober Fest!
Ten Year Vamp headlines Rocktober Fest at Six Flags Great Escape!
Ten Year Vamp Opens For Fuel!
Ten Year Vamp opens for Fuel at the Oyster Festival in Norwalk CT.
Ten Year Vamp Spotlight on the Mothpod!
Zack Daggy interviews Ten Year Vamp about the new Lust CD. Listen to the entire show here:
Check out The Mothpod here: www.mothpod.com
Ten Year Vamp Opens For Eddie Money!
Ten Year Vamp opens for Eddie Money at the Empire State Plaza, Albany NY
Ten Year Vamp Used During ABC Family's Switched At Birth!
Watch the Episode here:
Switched at Birth Music Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVPxXVlHCQY
For the second year in a row, Ten Year Vamp songs were used during the NHL Award Show! Follow the clips below to see video clips of all each song.
http://youtu.be/9ghx3SuBBy8 "Never Know" @ about :37
http://youtu.be/dj-ubg5a-Xs "Pleasures" @ about :05
http://youtu.be/6ZP6cUPx0ZE "Stay" @ about :08
http://youtu.be/1e-MYyAjtjQ "Rockstar" @ about :10
Ten Year Vamp Used By TLC Network!
The Learning Channel uses one of Ten Year Vamp's songs, Another Try, during an episode of Extreme Couponing.
Ten Year Vamp Named Top 10 in Rock Videos!
Ten Year Vamp is named Top 10 in Rock Videos from www.ourstage.com
Album Review from Holland's Strutter Magazine
TEN YEAR VAMP is a female fronted rockband from New York, formed back in 2003 by lead singer/guitarist Debbie Gabrione and guitarist Mark Rose. Although they did release a couple of CDs in the past, ‘Don’t act like you know me’ is their official first full-length debut CD. Musically we are in the typical catchy modern American (female fronted) radiorockstyle, although TEN YEAR VAMP also recalls a bit of the early 80s Classic Rocksound of PAT BENATAR (“Pleasures” sounds like the follow-up to Pat’s “You better run”), but on the other hand comparisons to DAMONE and PARAMORE are also quite clear. Debbie has got an excellent strong rockvoice and the material on this album truly rocks from start to finish, so no sloppy ballads like a KELLY CLARCKSON or AVRIL LAVIGNE is doing. TEN YEAR VAMP is a real Rockband and this album contains some great material, easily beating the material of the 2 mentioned so-called rockvamps! Highlights are the uptempo rockers “Never know”, “One night ticket” and “Another try” as well as the midtempo “Say that you made love to me”. For an independent release, the sound is huge (mastered at the famous MASTERDISK in New York) and musically speaking TEN YEAR VAMP has got all the ingredients to become bigger in the music world. The record has been out for a while and it is ready to pick up for anyone who likes good rock with strong vocals and catchy melodies. More info at: http://www.tenyearvamp.com(Points: 8.4 out of 10) http://www.strutter.co.nr
Album Review from Australia
"The band knows how to rock boldly and feverishly and have scored fine support
gigs in recent times.
I reckon Ten Year Vamp have great times ahead as they
have passion and talent to burn. I just
hope they get the right breaks."
Ten Year Vamp Nominated for the eWorld Music Awards
Ten Year Vamp nominated for the eWorld Music Awards, Hollywood CA
You can watch the episode HERE
You can watch the episode HERE - Our song comes in at 8:50 into the show and used for a full 1;43!
You can watch the episode HERE
Ten Year Vamp Opens For Aerosmith...
Read The Entire Review HERE.
Ten Year Vamp Wins 2 Billboard Magazine Honorable Mentions
Ten Year Vamp With Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Ten Year Vamp On MTV
Click HERE to watch the episode on MTV. Our song starts 1:47 minutes into the show.
"Ten Year Vamp Rocks SPAC As Bon Jovi Opener!"
You can read the Bon Jovi review from Nippertown (and check out a few 10YV photos) here:
Ten Year Vamp Opens For Bon Jovi
Ten Year Vamp Opens For The Gin Blossoms
Ten Year Vamp's Rockstar Used By NHL
Ten Year Vamp Songs Used By Dockers & Adobe Inc.
Another Try on NASCAR
Performance at the Hard Rock Cafe, Boston MA
Faked It #1 Song At MP3 Discovery
Ten Year Vamp Review In Upstate Live
Luka Cafe Album Review
"Good strong performance, good writing. good stuff!!”
Ten Year Vamp Perform with Antigone Rising
Ten Year Vamp Songs on SPEED TV in March
Debbie Interview: Music on the Couch
Ten Year Vamp Song, Rockstar, in a Best Songs of February 2010 List
Ten Year Vamp Article in The Burgh
Interview with Debbie in the Plattsburgh paper, The Burgh.
Click HERE to read it online.
Album Review in The Venue (New England's Premiere Arts & Entertainment Newspaper)
New Blog Posted by Michael Jaramillo, host of The Great Unknowns Presents
Ten Year Vamp Song, Faked It, Voted One Of The Best Songs of 2009
Email to Debbie from Michael Jaramillo, host of The Great Unknowns Presents
Much To Do About Nothing
#1 BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR!
Album Review from BRPFC
#10 BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR!
Album Review from The Cadence Revolution
Interview with Debbie in Guitar International
Ten Year Vamp On the www.justin.tv Homepage
Ten Year Vamp Performs at Jingle Jam 2009
Microsoft Windows 7 Uses Ten Year Vamp Song "Another Try"
Ten Year Vamp Songs Play During Red Wings Ice Hockey
Album Review from Guitar International
Voted BEST BAND at 518Fever!
For The Sound Interview
Ten Year Vamp at the FLY92 Bloodlust Ball to promote the release of the new
Twilight Movie, New Moon
You Can't Make It Up
Halloween Show at Jillian's of Albany with WPYX 106.5 and The Channel 103.1
The CD Reviewer
Atlantic Wave Radio
FM102x Song of the Day
10 Out Of 10 Album Review at the Gulf Coast Music Review
Ten Year Vamp Drummer, Greg Nash, on Modern Drummer.com!
Ten Year Vamp on UC Radio
Ten Year Vamp Drummer, Greg Nash, Wins the Capital Region Round of Guitar Center's
National Drum-Off !!!
Ten Year Vamp in a Television Commercial
Ten Year Vamp on National Cable TV
Our Second Offical Album Review!
Debbie Interview at The Great Unknowns
Ten Year Vamp plays Larkfest 2009
Ten Year Vamp's First Offical Album Review!
(Gregg Weinlein is the author of "In The Avenue of Tears" and other books. Over the years he has published music related pieces in Rolling Stone, Cream, Circus and Relix magazines in addition to articles in numerous regional publications. His email address is: email@example.com)
Indie Radio Chattanooga
The People's Showcase
Moth Pick of the Week
Sundown Lounge Podcast
Inside the Circle
Ten Year Vamp is all over the Press Again!
Boston Business Journal
The links above may not last very long.
"It sounds like money—that is to say, it’s well-written and performed, slickly produced and extremely marketable."
Ten Year Vamp Interviewed in Feature Article
Ten Year Vamp Performs at the
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Ten Year Vamp Radio Interview
Ten Year Vamp's Debbie Gabrione Becomes a Featured Artist for Daisy Rock Guitars
Ten Year Vamp Voted #1 Best Local Band in the Capital Region Living Magazine
Ten Year Vamp
Ten Year Vamp Voted #1 Best Rock Band in Metroland 2009 Readers Poll
Best Local Rock Band
Ten Year Vamp Drummer, Gregory Nash, Makes Headlines in the Daily Gazette
Ten Year Vamp in the Press About Our Album Project in Forbes, CNBC, Yahoo, and More
Radio Interview on 97.7 WEXT
ROCKSTAR V.I.P. Party with FLY92.3 - CLICK HERE to hear the promo
Utica Music Fest 2008
2008 City of Albany Monday Night Concerts in Washington Park w/Lez Zeppelin
2008 Alive After Five on Pearl Street - After Joan Osborne
6/21/2008 PARKFEST with FLY92.3 at the Altamont Fairgrounds
6/2008 - Ten Year Vamp Headlines Albany's Capital PRIDE Concert in Washington Park
6/2008 - Ten Year Vamp's "Live At Olive Ridley's" CD goes on sale at F.Y.E. stores!
5/2008 - Capital Region Living Magazine Awards Ten Year Vamp with Best Band!
2008 City of Albany 60th Annual Tulip Fest w/The Spin Doctors in Washington Park.
Glens Fall Chronicle Article (3/6/08)
The 2008 BoDog Battle of the Bands
Local Band Offers The Public To Take Part In Their New CD
2008 Metroland Reader's Poll: Ten Year Vamp Wins...
Metroland Cover Story (1/31/08)
CD On Tap Magazine (1/29/08)
2007 M.E.A.N.Y. FEST
9/26/2007 Open for Lifehouse, Northern Lights, Clifton Park NY
2007 EDGEFEST with 104.9
2007 City of Albany, NY 4th of July Celebration w/The Spin Doctors
2007 PRIDE Concert in Washington Park, Albany NY
2007 Albany Conquest Block Parties at The Time Union Center
5/4/2007 - Ten Year Vamp win Songwriting Award from Billboard Magazine.
2007 Metroland Reader's Poll
2006 M.E.A.N.Y. FEST
2007 Albany Conquest Block Parties at the Pepsi Arena
6/27/2007 Open for Gin Blossoms, Northern Lights, Clifton Park NY
2006 Metroland Reader's Poll
2006 Original Series National Battle of the Bands - NYC
Review In Metroland Magazine
2005 Metroland Reader's Poll
2005 Parkfest with U Albany and FLY92.3 w/Hoobastank, Simple Plan, Ludacris & more...
Over the past year and a half, fans of Upstate New York indie rockers Ten Year Vamp became actual owners of the record label that will release the female-fronted band's first full-length album on August 21, 2009. In a groundbreaking effort to break away from music industry dependence, Ten Year Vamp created the Album Project, which offers shares of the forthcoming CD to its fanbase and other investors. Shares started at $25, and to date the band has raised more than $30,000, leaving little doubt that people recognize the outfit's potential for success.
"Each owner will receive their fair percentage of album sales based on how much they invested," says band co-founder and guitarist Mark Rose. Over the past few months, owners also voted on which songs should make the album and which photo should be used for the album cover. This plan also benefits the band in that they immediately receive their share of the sales -- not only for the money they invested along with their fans, but also for their time and hard work. The group has been credited by Forbes, CNBC, Yahoo!, AOL Money and Finance, Columbia's School of Journalism and countless other news sites as completely reinventing the way records are recorded, marketed and sold.
The new album, entitled "Don't Act Like You Know Me," was produced by Mike Watts and recorded at VuDu Studios on Long Island. Mike Watts has produced records for Virgin Records, Warner Bros. Records, Victory Records, Roadrunner Records and more. The album will be released on August 21st with a special CD Release show at Vapor in Saratoga, NY. The band will also be performing at the Jersey City LGTB Festival on August 29, the Cars For Cancer Challenge at the Lebanon Valley Speedway on August 30, Larkfest in Albany, NY on September 19, and Crash Mansion in NYC on September 26 as a special Headline Guest for the annual M.E.A.N.Y. Fest.
Ten Year Vamp has toured the Northeastern U.S. extensively for the past five years, playing more than 450 shows -- many with national acts, including Simple Plan, Sum 41, Fuel, Lifehouse, Natasha Beddingfield, Gavin Degraw, David Archuletta, Thriving Ivory, Jesse McCartney, and more.
Please see http://www.tenyearvamp.com for show dates and more information about the Album Project.
For the past year, indie rock band, Ten Year Vamp has been asking their fans to become actual owners of the record label that will release their first full length album early next year. In a ground-breaking move to bypass the music industry, the band will be distributing their profits to their “shareholders” who have funded the album. Already, Ten Year Vamp fans have invested over $25,000. “Each owner will receive their fair percentage of the CD sales based on how much they invested,” says Mark Rose, co-founder and rhythm guitar player. “But that’s not all they get,” says Debbie Gabrione, co-founder and lead singer. “Ten Year Vamp shareholders also get to listen to all the demo songs, vote on the songs that go on the album, free t-shirts, free passes… and lots of other cool perks.” The Ten Year Vamp Album Project invites anyone to become an owner for as little as $25 - the more someone contributes, the more “benefits” they receive as an owner.
“Record labels are signing more performance packages than creative acts, but we’re not letting that stop us. All we need are the funds to get started,” says Gabrione. “Thanks to the Internet, the music scene has evolved from large commercial conglomerations that did everything a band needed, to small specialized and independent companies that each help with specific aspects of a band’s career. Each of these companies, from radio promoters to distributors, tour managers to public relations firms, can be easily found on the web and each are hungry for bands that can afford their services. By securing the necessary investments, we can do everything ourselves that a record label would have normally done for us.”
Under Ten Year Vamp’s plan, shareholders will receive shares of the CD sales, as well as the chance to vote on many band decisions as the album is being created. This plan also benefits the band in that they also receive their share of the sales… not only for the money they have also invested, but also for their time and hard work. This plan is very fair towards the band, unlike many of the contracts record labels are notorious for, where the bands are always the last ones to ever see payment for their work.
Ten Year Vamp has been performing for over 5 years throughout the Northeastern U.S. They have opened for such National Acts as Lifehouse, Gin Blossoms. Fuel, Finger Eleven, Natasha Beddingfield, and many more.
by Paul Cashmere
Introducing Ten Year Vamp, a band that operates as a business and a corporation.
Ten Year Vamp are one of the smart bands. They recognise that the old business model in the music biz is obsolete and they are creating their own new one.
Ten Year Vamp allowed fans to become shareholders in their indie label. In doing so, they have raised enough money to record an album and the fans get an inside view of the activity of the band.
"Record labels are signing more performance packages than creative acts, but we're not letting that stop us. All we need are the funds to get started," says Debbie Gabrione, lead singer. "Thanks to the Internet, the music scene has evolved from large commercial conglomerations that did everything a band needed, to small specialized and independent companies that each help with specific aspects of a band's career. Each of these companies, from radio promoters to distributors, tour managers to public relations firms, can be easily found on the web and each are hungry for bands that can afford their services. By securing the necessary investments, we can do everything ourselves that a record label would have normally done for us."
Fans have become investors in The Ten Year Vamp Album Project for as little as $25. The more you contribute, the more benefits you get.
Those benefits include profits in the CD sales and a chance to contribute to band decisions.
"Each owner will receive their fair percentage of the CD sales based on how much they invested," says Mark Rose, co-founder and rhythm guitar player. "But that's not all they get," says Debbie Gabrione, co-founder and lead singer. "Ten Year Vamp shareholders also get to listen to all the demo songs, vote on the songs that go on the album, free t-shirts, free passes ... and lots of other cool perks."
This is one smart band. Check them out at tenyearvamp.com
Posted Sep 11, 2008 @ 08:20 AM
Debbie Gabrione always wears sneakers on stage, but that’s not what sets this woman apart from the rest of the rock world.
That doesn’t come easily, she said. There’s effort behind balancing the sexuality she knows garners attention and proving her band has the skills to back it up.
ALBANY — Lez Zeppelin’s Steph Paynes is the best woman guitarist I’ve ever heard play.
That might not be saying much, since you rarely — actually, never — get to see women in the role of guitar-hero. Monday night at Washington Park she played the part of Jimmy Page, nailing the solos in “Custard Pie” and the slide work in “In My Time of Dying.” She lit up the sky during “Since I’ve Been Loving You.”
I’ve seen better Jimmy Page copiers. But she was darn good — even mimicking his bent-over knee-level posture — and you couldn’t help give her points just for daring to play Page.
The rest of the band didn’t come close.
But the packed venue didn’t ask for much: just keep banging out those Zeppelin tunes. Which they did with “The Ocean,” “Immigrant Song,” and “Black Dog.”
Vocalist Sarah McLellan was a mediocre blues singer and didn’t have the range to follow Robert Plant’s notes. Nor could she tease out the more sensual spots like Plant did, as in “What Is and What Should Never Be.”
But her own limited style was likeable. Drummer Helen Destroy sought to hit — destroy — the skins as hard as John Bonham did. But Bonham was much more musical than that. Destroy was consistent, and never let down the tune, but she also rarely contributed beyond the heavy, expected thumping.
Only Paynes dressed in Zep regalia, the others in plain suburban jeans and white sneakers, which took away from the Zeppelin atmosphere they sought to create.
The New York City-based band seemed aware of their weaknesses in the rough stuff, like the mid-section to “Heartbreaker.” But that didn’t stop them from plowing through it.
But the large crowd came to hear women play Zeppelin, and that’s what they got in spades, including a frolicking “Black Dog” and “No Quarter,” which captured the eerie, black-magic of Page. They closed with “Kashmir,” “Black Dog,” and “Whole Lotta Love.”
Albany-based Ten Year Vamp opened the show with a powerhouse set centered on their originals. They are good — as individuals and together — and it was hard to watch them work so hard and only be the warm-up act. Singer Debbie Gabrione is more energy and presence than vocals, though you can’t separate the elements on stage. Scott Card has the skills and concepts of a jazz-fusion drummer, his limbs carving every angle of the tune.
From the first beat of the opener they exploded. They stated with their work ethic that they’re serious. Some of the songs started with the members leaping in place together. Bassist Chad Balzer and guitarist Mark Rose don’t appear to be the jumping-spinning boy-band type, but they’re not above it either, and they don’t have to be. Their music stands strong, even when they covered Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” in their power-rock style.
Gabrione mentioned that they play regularly in seven states. How good will they have to be to reach all 50?
What’s grown local, never sleeps, amps up the metro music scene and rocks out with a woman at the helm? If you haven’t seen it, if you haven’t heard it and if you haven’t experienced it – drop everything. You, my friend, need a substantial dose of the sinfully sweet sounds of Ten Year Vamp.
This high-energy kick-ass rock band is five years young but consistently outperforms bands with decades under their belt. Their sounds rock the rooms in over 50 venues and across seven states. The list of bands they’ve shared the bill with read like a Billboard Chart - Fuel, Lifehouse, The Gin Blossoms, Finger Eleven, Bo Bice, Nickelback, Three Doors Down, The Spin Doctors, Simple Plan, Hoobastank, Ludacris, Cinder Road, Nonpoint and Drowning Pool.
“We started performing in 2003 as an acoustic duo,” says Mark Rose. “The plan from the beginning was to find a band, and play just a few acoustic duo shows while we searched for band members. We thought we might play a month or two of acoustic shows, but it ended up taking eight months to find the right.”
The Capital District venues have really supported the band from the very beginning. Although competition is fierce, things seemed to happen fast for 10YV in the right places. “We have to give a special thanks to Ralph from the Bayou,” smiles Mark. “He gave us a ton of Happy Hour gigs as the acoustic duo, and he gave us our first gig as a full band on the main stage... it's been our home ever since.”
2008 is shaping up to be a year jam-packed with shows and appearances for Ten Year Vamp. The band will often go from one venue to the next, from city to city, playing for their loyal followers of the “vamp culture.”
“We're always busy, but lately we've got more shows than ever,” boasts Mark. “Feb 1st we're at the Bayou in Albany. We'll get home from the show that night somewhere around 5am, sleep for about three hours, then meet up with a bus from Premiere Limo to take us down to the city. We've got a big show at the Blender Theatre in Gramercy. It's the BoDog Battle of the Bands and we've made it to the third round of competition with a million dollar recording contract on the line.”
The BoDog Battle of the Bands is presented by BoDog Music and does culminate with the winning band receiving a million dollar recording contract with BoDog Music. Over 7000 bands entered in this high-profile, high-energy, aggressive music jam contest across the country. Through many levels of qualifying rounds, each major city selects bands to continue on the next following rounds. Ten Year Vamp has titillated and tempted the eager crowds at each round they’ve advanced to. They are now another step closer to that recording contract.
When asked what sets them apart from the rest of band world, 10YV front woman Debbie Garbrione makes these points. “Firstly, there aren't many (any?) female fronted bands, who HONESTLY rock, and can amp up a crowd. Female fronted rock bands are rare, and female fronted high energy rock bands are even more rare,” boasts Debbie. “We're able to deliver high energy AND talent. Many bands have to compromise on one...either they have the energy, but can't seem to deliver the stability of the music at the same time...or....they are incredible musicians, but they just stand there. We have it all.”
Ten Year Vamp also prides themselves on their uncanny ability to connect with the audience. “We don't function separate and removed from the audience,” says Debbie. “We function WITH them, and talk to them, and laugh with them and we monitor them to confirm they're having a good time, and that we're doing our job... which is to entertain them and make killer music. They fuel us, just as much as we fuel them.” Having seen several recent shows, this is a characteristic absent from so many bands. Ten Year Vamp really does thrive on the crowd’s energy and involvement. The more pumped you get, the more you see it on stage. It’s completely intoxicating and addictive, to put it mildly.
It’s no wonder why the band is taking this connection even further through their innovative and ground-breaking concept of “consumer/band partnership.” In an effort to Amp Up the Vamp, the band is offering the option to become an owner and collaborator of a record label. Through several levels of participation, 10YV fans are able to truly become part of this music and marketing revolution. The band is slated to record their first major album this fall and is offering YOU, the loyal fan, an opportunity to buy into the band’s record label and become part of the process. Ownership opportunities start at just $25 for a Basic Sponsorship up to $2000 for a Corporate Sponsorship. Each additional level offers additional benefits based upon financial participation including a percentage of the album profits, listing on the album credits, invites to band tour dates, and even the executive ability to chose songs for the final album cut.
“The potential is endless here,” says Mark. “No one is doing anything quite like this and we want our fans to be the first to do so in the industry. We want them to be part of the process that only a select few usually get to be a part of.”
Of course, being part of such a crazy gig can bring with it some pretty crazy times. Debbie says, “I don't know that I have a favorite 10YV story necessarily, simply because something funny or crazy happens almost every show....alcohol, boys, girls, hotels, adrenalin, rock music, hormones....it's quite a combination.”
“My fav 10YV memories are attached to our bus trips,” laughs Debbie. “We often play in NYC (which is 3 hours from Albany), and we'll get a bus and fill it with 50 friends and head down to NY city. We get food and drinks and good music, and we all just get to hang out and laugh and be silly. Then we arrive at the club and put on a KICK ass show, and more often then not, we BLOW away all the NYC based bands. It's a good feeling to drive 3 hours to play in world reknowned bars (like CBGB's or the Knitting Factory or Blender Theatre), and go head-to-head against bands from one of the trendiest, music centered cities in the world... and bring more people then any other band and just blow the other bands out of the water.”
Ten Year Vamp is often catching the eye of numerous industry notables, one of which most of you have seen on VH1 or read his column in the Village Voice. Michael Musto recently judged a competition 10YV played in and had these fine words to say as a result: “I voted for the tighter-than-my-pussy Ten Year Vamp".
The band is slated for a full rockin schedule through the months to come. To check out where they will be rockin out, visit www.tenyearvamp.com.
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