NYC-based gritty Americana trio Ten Ton Man releases new EP Chunk of Change on April 8, 2014. As a follow-up to their self-titled debut album that they released in November 2012, Ten Ton Man presents this new three-track body of work that displays the same dark mood of their debut album and the signature baritone vocals of frontman Paul Livornese singing three cautionary tales of materialism, the seduction of addiction, and frustration with someone who refuses help.
With lyrics and music by Livornese and arrangements by the group's bassist, Paul Dugan, the EP carries a foreboding tone throughout. The title track kicks off the EP, and talks about forgoing the quest for material things and being happy with simple pleasures. The middle track "Fine Line" is slightly jauntier but equally gloomy about the fine line between indulging and succumbing to addiction, as Livornese sings: That night I put my lips on you / Was the first night of this man's deceit. "What to Do" rounds off the EP with a seemingly happier tone in the melody but ends with an air of frustration as the chorus fades into the distance: I don't know what to do...with you.
The trio received wide critical acclaim with their self-titled debut album that they released in Fall 2012. The Aquarian calls the band's first release "timeless", saying, "One of the defining elements...is that they're based on real stories from his life, making them all the more three-dimensional and personal to the touch." In Forty says about the album, "...this is ultimately a timeless rock disc that makes excellent use of banjos, slide guitars and sincere, forthright storytelling." Commercial Free UK raves, "Ten Ton Man has very uniquely found the perfect recipe for Americana." Review You says, "With Livornese on vocals, Ten Ton Man introduces listeners to vocal strength and talent not present in the music industry, until their arrival."
On the EP, the members include the three core members: Paul Livornese (lead vocals, guitar,whistling), Paul Dugan (upright bass and arco bass arrangements), and Paul Triff (drums, cajon, percussion) in addition to William Holshouser on accordion. The EP was recorded at Galuminum Foil in Brooklyn, New York.
1. Chunk of Change
2. Fine Line
3. What To Do