Ten Foot Pole Release First New Album of All New Material in 15 Years
Escalating Quickly Out May 10, Followed by North American Tour
Ten Foot Pole pushes past ’90s melodic punk genre limitations with Escalating Quickly, their first all new album since 2004. The album is set for release on May 10 with a North American Tour to follow, which runs May 24-July 28 and includes a stop at Punk Rock Bowling on May 27.
On Escalating Quickly, producer Ryan Greene, anxious to showcase his skills beyond the iconic ’90’s albums he produced (NOFX, Lagwagon, No Use for a Name, etc.), was going for “The Bohemian Rhapsody of ’90’s punk,” adding layers of ear candy and outlandish special guest shredding to the solid new TFP songs. Ryan added “If I never do a record after this, I would want people to remember me by this record.”
Guest contributions include guitar shred by Dan Palmer (Death by Stereo, Zebrahead, Billy Bio), and Dan Jacobs (Atreyu), bass riffs galore by “Lil Joe”Raposo (Lagwagon, RKL), and drumming by Sean Sellers (Good Riddance). These all-stars were encouraged to have fun and move past the usual confines of their famous gigs, leading to giggles and bombastic performances. The end result is worthy, according to Dan Palmer: “I’ve been a fan for quite some time, and I honestly think this is the most musically exciting record that they’ve done!”
The walls of vocal harmonies, whisper to a scream dueling guitar riffs, frenetic bass runs, and even ’80’s keyboard and effects references compliment some of the best Ten Foot Pole songs ever. Founding member Dennis Jagard, singer/songwriter/guitarist, explains the songwriting process included trial by embarrassment; he carried an acoustic guitar while doing sound for Jimmy Eat World and “Weird Al” Yankovic tours, performing whenever possible, rocking sidewalks, parking lots, parks, and small venues worldwide. “Singing in public helped me to quickly filter out any unworthy new songs. Belting it out in a W Hotel lobby in Seattle, for example, I only wanted to play the best material, the music and lyrics I was not ashamed to sing to random strangers.”
Ten Foot Pole’s history includes being hardcore band Scared Straight in California in the 1980’s, fronted by a pro baseball pitcher up to 1995, being a well-traveled underground Epitaph style band in the ’90’s, and slowing down so that Dennis could do sound for Prince and other artists in the 2000’s. In 2016 the album Setlist summarized the band’s ’90’s melodic punk identity, just in time for Escalating Quickly to move beyond those genre limitations.
Escalating Quickly will be released on digital/CD and vinyl and distributed by Thousand Islands Records in North America, but was a DIY recording experiment; Ten Foot Pole seeks Patrons willing to subscribe at $1 per month or more, to help fund future recording, and in return, offers supporters newsletters and early access to music, podcasts, videos, and more.
Morning Wood Records (Europe), Disconnect Disconnect Records (UK) and Pee Records (Australia) will all be handling exclusive color variants of the vinyl release in their respective country. 4 labels / 7 different color variants.
Links to become a Patron, as well as tour dates, social media links and more info are at TenFootPole.com.
Escalating Quickly Tracklist:
Don’t Be A Dick
Victim Of Humility
I Hate The Night
Goodbye Sunny Day
Ten Foot Pole is:
Dennis Jagard, lead vocals and rhythm guitars;
Scott Hallquist, lead guitars and backing vocals;
Seth Jude Richard, bass guitar and backing vocals;
Guillaume Fortin, drums and tattoos.
North American tour mid May 24 into end of July, including Punk Rock Bowling, Red Bridge Fest and more to be announced.
2002: Bad Mother Trucker
2004: Subliminable Messages
Official Website: http://www.tenfootpole.com
Thousand Islands Records: https://thousandislandsrecords.com