This Is The Way To Rule

by Ten Grand

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Ten songs, thirty-two minutes. Brand new signing to Southern records. Based in Iowa City, Iowa. Previously known as The Vidablue. Elements of hardcore, punk, rock...

Ten Grand got together during an "uneventful" autumn in 1998, in Iowa City, Iowa. You can listen to the first few minutes of their debut album however, and discover This Is The Way To Rule on Southern Records is far from "uneventful" being powerful yet melodic, harsh yet fun.

The band started out life as The Vidablue, and took the midwest of America by storm with their incredibly powerful music and ripping live performances. Later they toured the whole of the USA with the same results.

After several years of playing and touring as Vidablue, They found themselves being beckoned by a fellow musician in a nationally well-known band who wanted their name...and wanted it BADLY! After much discussion, they went with the flow and agreed to change their name to what you know them as today, Ten Grand.

This brand new signing to Southern Records is about music... Ten Grand's way. This is The Way To Rule is clever, sharp and abrasive yet melodic enough that you'll find yourself with the tune going around in your head! Ten Grand falls between...not quite punk...not quite hardcore. They combine the intricacies of schooled rock delivered with a punk punch that still kicks you in the ass! This band is one of American Midwest's best-kept secrets! Think the emotion of The Blood Brothers...think whatever you want - just don't be surprised when we say "We Told You So"!


released May 6, 2003

Recorded July 2002 at Angel D.
Mastered at Kingsize.


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