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Escalating Quickly: New music from Ten Foot Pole
By Amy Brady-Morris
You know those bands that when you hear them, no matter where you are in life or what you are doing, they immediately put a smile on your face and take you back 20 years? One such band for me is Ten Foot Pole. I admittedly didn’t get too far into the world of punk music, until I was about 18. I met my husband, and he introduced me to the music that had been missing from my life. And here I am, at 39 years old, still a die-hard sucker for 90’s melodic skate punk. And Ten Foot Pole still frequents my rotation: on my playlist, and in my heart.
In 2018, said husband and I decided to start booking and promoting shows in our small little corner of Northern California. We had high hopes but low expectations that we would ever be able to lure any of the musicians we love to Yuba City, California, to play one of our shows. Yuba City is more the kind of place that artists will pass through between stops in Sacramento and Oregon, with hardly a second glance. That’s why, when we were able to get Dennis Jagard to drive up and play an acoustic Ten Foot Pole set for our very first show, I was absolutely floored. I still am not sure what hand of fate led to the singer from one my very favorite bands to play an acoustic Mother’s Day show in the back garden of a local record store and eye glass shop, but it was definitely a high-point for me.
After the show, I had an opportunity to sit down with Dennis and ask him some questions for Mable Syndrome. At that point, he was still toying between the idea of putting out some new music, and the logistics of recording a new album. As if there wasn’t enough on his plate, he was also juggling his career as a sound engineer, as well as figuring out financial aspects. Unlike many bands I know, Dennis runs TFP as a business, of which he is the owner. In running the band this way, he cuts out much of the conflict that can come with scheduling a band together for tours and recording sessions, and with trying to work with everyone’s overlapping schedules. It also affords him the opportunity to work with different artists each time, which keeps the sound fresh. And after having listening to the first 3 releases of from the new album, Escalating Quickly myself, I have no doubt that it will be an instant classic.
Escalating Quickly features an all-star cast of guest contributors, such as Dan Palmer (Death by Stereo, Zebrahead, Billy Bio) on guitar, bass by “Lil Joe” Raposo (Lagwagon, RKL), and Sean Sellers (Good Riddance) on drums. Also contributing to success of the album is that it is being produced by the legendary Ryan Greene of Motor Studios. Said Greene of the album, “I seriously haven't had this much fun in decades…I'm 4 songs into getting the vocals into the tracks and can't believe how amazing this is, its seriously epic!!... If I never do a record after this I would want people to remember me by this record.”
I hope you are all as excited as I am to hear the new album! You can get a preview now by becoming a Patron to help support Dennis’s efforts, and it comes with some amazing benefits as well. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Follow the link for more information.
Ten Foot Pole is:
Dennis Jagard, lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Scott Hallquist, lead guitar and backing vocals; Seth Jude Richard, bass guitar and backing vocals; and Guillaume Fortin, drums
Escalating Quickly is set to be released on May 10th on Thousand Islands Records in the US, Pee Records in Australia, and Morningwood in Europe, with several different variants of colored vinyl. A North American tour will immediately follow the release.
Preorders are available now: Get yours today!