Ten Grand
The Comprehensive List of Everyone Who H


4.5
superb

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
March 28th, 2010 | 131 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Mine would be sharp, concise, and would definitely center around a few individuals. It might take a bit of willpower to not keep going until I run out of room on the page, but I feel a shorter Comprehensive List Of Everyone Who Has Ever Done Anything Wrong To Me would be more powerful. I get along with most people. Most who know me personally can vouch for the fact that I make very few enemies. Some people, or bands, aren’t quite that personable, though. Ten Grand, I imagine, are not masters of confrontation. Hell, even their name Ten Grand is a result of a dispute from a Phish member who wanted their previous name for a side project of his, Vida Blue... the sum of the deal still remains an integral part of the band, though (see if you can guess where!). Rather than confronting the people who wronged them, or seeking an RA for assistance, or using “I feel...” phrases, Ten Grand expressed themselves through The Comprehensive of Everyone Who Has Ever Done Anything Wrong To Us. I couldn’t be happier they chose this mode of release, a screamo record for the ages.

There’s an obvious and immediately-gratifying element that stands out about Ten Grand. The energetic and frenetic emotional hardcore shows no desire to hold back. Is that drum calibrated? *** it, keep going. Did that shriek seem a little dry to you? Never mind it, keep going! The result is something so emotionally raw that it walks a thin line between irritating and intimate. Luckily, nearly every single element goes on to support the “intimate” camp. The frenzied, high-pitch screams of Matt Davis are enough to make hairs stand on end. As uninviting as this key aspect of Ten Grand sounds, coupled with the overall ethos, The Comprehensive List is deceivingly appealing to the ears. The entrancing sound can somewhat attributed to an indie facet of their music, the kind of catchiness that isn’t quite so conventional, but present nonetheless. It’s been said before that Ten Grand could have been emotional hardcore’s gateway band into the mainstream. With quintessential ethics of the genre combined with the more pop sensibilities that could entice any post-hardcore fan, this proposition certainly isn’t as far-fetched as it may sound.

Beginning with a computerized voice that lists off The List Of People Who’ve Wronged Them, you can even hear “The Get Up Kids,” “The Asshole That Stole Scott Lawrenceson's PlayStation,” among personal acquaintances like “Bob.” Ending in the same manner, The Comprehensive List is very much personal in an eccentric way. Rather than expressing sheer anger, The Comprehensive List is more Ten Grand’s way of saying, “Yeah, you’re an asshole; but I don’t give a ***. I’m having a wonderful time despite that.” Much of the music is cacophonous, the raging on the drums, for instance. Coupled with a rumbling bass current and intertwining, angular guitars galore, Ten Grand have themselves some tools for destruction. Interestingly enough, they oft take a more light-hearted approach rather than going for nuclear destruction, as seen by the jovial song titles. To be quite honest, though, much of this ends up paling in comparison to Matt Davis. Certain moments display Matt as the epitome of all that is intense and emotional. With little regard for tune and a lot of regard for passion, Davis carries The Comprehensive List on his back with his dry, high-pitched screams and harsh, pointed lyrics.

The Comprehensive List is a blundering ogre of an album, and has its share of weighty, emotional moments. The whole thing feels very large, and tends to envelope listeners with in a bit of a spirited tantrum, if you’ll allow me to cite personal experience. Unfortunately, Ten Grand goes forgotten too often, along with Matt Davis and his untimely death at 26 in 2003. One could probably argue that his early death had a devastatingly unrecognized effect on the genre, but I don’t really see the value in hypothesizing. Rather, just use The Comprehensive List as evidence of the beauty and chaos that was Ten Grand.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SeaAnemone
March 28th 2010


20304 Comments


thanks bungy ; )

Digging: Holy Sons - Lost Decade II

Prophet178
March 28th 2010


6397 Comments


Coupled with a rumbling base


Kill yourself for that error haha.

Ten Grand rule, good review.

SeaAnemone
March 28th 2010


20304 Comments


haha the worst part is I stared at your comment a good 2 minutes before I got it haha, thanks!

americanmusicmachine
March 28th 2010


3953 Comments


i used to get bass (ryhmes w/ face) mixed up with bass (ryhmes with ass). it was mostly fred the singin' large mouth bass's fault. never even heard of these guys before, i guess i shuld rectify this.

NortherlyNanook
March 28th 2010


1285 Comments


blah blah vidablue was better

seriously though ten grand rules

SeaAnemone
March 28th 2010


20304 Comments


NortherlyNanook I thought you were one of those forum site weirdos?

SeaAnemone
March 28th 2010


20304 Comments


but you're welcome on my reviews any time.

SnackaryBinx
March 28th 2010


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

as sputnik faggots all run to download it

SeaAnemone
March 28th 2010


20304 Comments


sorry snackary, am I not allowed to like this? : (

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 28th 2010


17920 Comments


lol he's such an idiot

SeaAnemone
March 28th 2010


20304 Comments


who? me?

SnackaryBinx
March 28th 2010


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

no, chan

iarescientists
March 28th 2010


5863 Comments


ugh i hate when sputnik faggots all run to download things

iarescientists
March 28th 2010


5863 Comments


almost as bad as when b9 fags all run to show how much cooler they are then everyone

SeaAnemone
March 28th 2010


20304 Comments


shit. I'm outta here. I see what's going on here.

SnackaryBinx
March 28th 2010


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

almost man it's even worser than bad

Prophet178
March 28th 2010


6397 Comments


Yeah exposing people to new music is totally lame.

SnackaryBinx
March 28th 2010


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

YEA BUT ONLY I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT IT

YouAreMySilence
March 28th 2010


3727 Comments


Everyone who listens to mainstream music is gay, and anyone looking to expand their taste gay.

SeaAnemone
March 28th 2010


20304 Comments


you have to know about everything cool before you first find out about it to be truly elite



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