Indie Outfit Ten Kills The Pack Shares the Grungy New Single + Video “Lying In The Grass Thinking About Death”
January 27, 2023 BY Jason Currell
Today, Canadian indie outfit Ten Kills the Pack shares a final glimpse into their forthcoming album Thank You For Trying. With throaty vocals and grungy guitars, “Lying in the Grass Thinking About Death” sees songwriter Sean Sroka crank up the volume with his most hard-hitting performance to date. Lyrically, he holds up a magnifying glass to the small moments that might seem insignificant but contain entire worlds. Listen to “Lying in the Grass Thinking About Death” on all digital retailers (here).
Sroka explains, “….this might only appeal to the nerds, but ‘Lying in the Grass…’ was my attempt to reverse the more typical or “normal” process of writing I tend to lean on (as do many); which is to look at a larger concept, idea, or series of moments and carefully craft it down into a couple of minutes. But, I wanted to try (as best I could) to entirely pull from just one precise individual second.. a total blip. And fully expand on every flashing thought within it.
I had read something about how we all have 60,000-70,000 thoughts per day, or something wild, so that kinda got in my head. It was quite an exercise for me, but I had this goal in mind to try to convey the heavy macro feelings and thoughts we experience or carry with us, in just one micro-moment every day. The flickers that usually go unnoticed and pass by, but really matter and affect us.”
This latest release joins “You’d Like to Believe” and “God, Love, Prescriptions, and Politics” which will appear on Thank You For Trying: ACT II. Together, with ACT I, Sroka takes listeners on a raw, emotive path that parallels his own. He recruited Marcus Paquin (The Weather Station, The National) who helped bring this vision to life, serving as the album’s co-producer. Ten Kills the Pack is happy to announce the release of his full-length concept album Thank You For Trying is due out March 10th via Nettwerk.
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ABOUT TEN KILLS THE PACK:
Canadian Sean Sroka is the kind of self-deprecating singer-songwriter that pens his fears in a way that blends a punk rock ethos with the calm and kindness of folk. The frontman for indie outfit Ten Kills the Pack has become known for his confessional-style lyricism that explores the rough edges of the human condition.
Sroka approaches his life as a musician with a raw passion and sincere attitude that stems from his DIY days cutting his teeth in the music scene of his hometown Toronto or playing in his sludgy punk band around the city. His independence guided the 2019 full-length Force Majeure that zeroed in on the hustle and bustle of city life, a solitary, self-described “guy with guitar” effort recorded in apartments across Toronto. While follow-up Life, Death & Afterwards (2021), expanded his scope to focus on the cerebral and philosophical.
Now, with a more direct and unvarnished backdrop, Sroka scales the next level, developing a pack of homegrown demos into a symphonic whole colored by resonant harmonies, moonstruck keys, and gritty energy that juxtaposes the pretty and intricate details. Ten Kills the Pack unveils the new album Thank You For Trying.
“Segmented into two “acts,” Ten Kills the Pack presents a twelve-song narrative that unpacks the “artist’s journey,” illustrating a message of hope while refusing to shy away from all the bumps and bruises felt along the way. Sroka inhabits a narrator who tells stories that loosely mimic his own experiences. It’s a tactic that calls to mind some of the greatest songwriters like Bob Dylan or Lou Reed, whose mystical musings often blur the lines between fact and fiction. It’s these blurred edges that allow the songs to be so uncomfortably honest, devoted to loneliness, desire, futility, failure, and every bit of hope in between.
TEN KILLS THE PACK IN THE PRESS…
“With quivering, emotive vocals building slowly to an angelic climax, the track is carried by a soundscape of soft, sullen acoustics and rich bed of keyboards, while poetic song writing ties the transportive tale that’s simultaneously intimate and expansive.”
“…riveting… beautiful and evocative…”
– Variance Magazine
“…poetic observations… poignant songcraft… with Sroka’s vocals gliding above the warm instrumentation. It all builds to a powerful emotive high as the layers of guitar enlace with bursts of trumpets, bringing the track to a climactic finish.”
– Under the Radar
“…a powerful glimpse into the mind of the tortured artist whose thoughts can be shockingly familiar…”
– Let’s Talk About Art Podcast
“…poignant, heartfelt, nostalgic, and relatable to all as the artist puts sparse, but vivid words to a familiar struggle for satisfaction, happiness, and contentment…”
“Sroka has established Ten Kills the Pack as a leading voice in modern folk music.”
“…exquisite… beautifully crafted…”