10 Years "Live & Unplugged"

"This chapter of 10 Years began in 2001, when Hasek took over as vocalist. Three years later they released their independent album, Killing All That Holds You, featuring the groundbreaking single "Wasteland," which led to their signing with Universal Records. "That song was created in 2001 or 2002," says Hasek. "We weren't seeking to write a smash single. We were just writing music." The Autumn Effect (2005) led to widespread radio and video play, a fiercely loyal fan base, and tours with heavyweights like Linkin Park, Korn and the Deftones. When their sophomore effort, Division, was released in 2008, 10 Years had cemented their place as one of hard rock's top contenders and most sought-after live bands. Still, says Hasek, despite the success, "it all came to a head" with the band's 3rd major label release, Feeding The Wolves. "When you feel like you're being told to go through motions and jump through hoops, it takes the heart out of it," he says. "We know that we need a hit and we understand that it's important. However, as musicians, we're not a band that says, 'We're going to make a hit.' It's better to do what comes naturally and then figure out the after-effect."

One thing that won't change is 10 Years' connection with their fans. With the release of Minus The Machine, the band is looking forward to hitting the road, performing in close contact with their dedicated audience. "After the last touring cycle, we realized where we should strive to be, and that's to be totally fine in the club environment," says Hasek. "We don't plan to chase after arena rock or amphitheaters. If things like that happen, then so be it, but we live and die by the loyalty of the club audiences. Our fans are loyal. They travel with us, and they want us to be loyal to ourselves. That's what keeps them coming back. What we tried to do on this album is really give them what they want and what they need because they've been so good to us through the ups and downs of our career."
"First and foremost, when it's all said and done, we're proud of this album in its entirety," he says. "That speaks volumes to us because we're our own worst critics. We pick everything apart. An album is your child, it's your baby, and you know it better than anyone. To sit back and be 100 percent proud of what we've accomplished is so gratifying, and we think everything else will fall into place. We hope that everyone will enjoy what we've tried to do.""

Trapper Schoepp

Trapper Schoepp has the ear of a troubadour, the eye of a journalist and the heart of a young poet. In 2012, his Milwaukee-based band Trapper Schoepp & The Shades released its national debut Run, Engine, Run on SideOneDummy Records as a love letter to their beloved home state of Wisconsin. The album's mix of rocking tunes and sweet Americana-laced tales has helped paved the way for the group to share stages all over the country alongside such kindred spirits as The Wallflowers, Old 97's, Soul Asylum, Murder By Death and more.

In addition to being respected by some of their favorite artists, they've been featured in Rolling Stone, American Songwriter and Alternative Press – which gave Run, Engine, Run 4/5 stars and said that their "Replacements-meets-Uncle Tupelo influence rings clear…Trapper Schoepp & The Shades can only get better." Huffington Post calls 23-year-old Schoepp "A master storyteller."

Trapper will be leaving his trusty Shades at home while supporting Ewert & The Two Dragons this fall, bringing only his six-string, songs and stories.

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10 Years "Live & Unplugged" with Trapper Schoepp, Shirtcollarsmile

Thursday, January 30 · Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM at Rex Theater