INDIE OUTFIT TEN KILLS THE PACK SHARES THE RAW AND UNVARNISHED THANK YOU FOR TRYING: ACT I OUT NOW VIA NETTWERK

September 16, 2022 BY George Chammas

Today, Canadian indie-folk outfit Ten Kills the Pack is proud to share the raw and unvarnished new release Thank You For Trying: ACT I. The first in a two-part album release provides listeners with a gut-punch of emotions as frontman Sean Sroka gets brutally honest about his mental anxieties, late-night wishes, and life on the road. It all comes together to tell the moving story of the artist’s journey through shades of acoustic elegies and punk-leaning rockers. Listen to Thank You For Trying: ACT I on all digital retailers (here).

Sean Sroka explains more behind the release:

“Thank You for Trying is an album about longing, loneliness, desire, futility, and failure. ‘ACT I’ focuses on the introspective. The introduction to the internal dialogue of ‘the artist journey’. It narrates the interaction between art and its emotional strains, direction, the desire to feel complete, and how each one feeds the other. It’s a narrative that tells the story of all artists through the fictional narrator that loosely follows the contours of my own life. However, it is not a mirror, but more of an impressionist portrait.”

Co-produced with Marcus Paquin (The Weather Station, The National, Arcade Fire), Thank You For Trying: ACT I is out now via Nettwerk and surely signals more to come from the poetic and thoughtful songwriter.

Ten Kills the Pack will appear at The Great Hall in Toronto on September 29th with support from Sister Ray presented by Indie88 Toronto. Find tickets and more information at: https://www.showclix.com/event/ten-kills-the-pack

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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 project Thank You For Trying: ACT I.

TEN KILLS THE PACK IN THE PRESS…

“…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…”

-Atwood Magazine

“Sroka has established Ten Kills the Pack as a leading voice in modern folk music.”

Exclaim!

“…exquisite… beautifully crafted…

Indie88

“…bringing together influences of classic 60s folk revival with a more contemporary almost-cinematic composition style…”

– Ear to the Ground Music

TEN KILLS THE PACK
Thank You For Trying: ACT I
September 16, 2022
Nettwerk Music Group

Download Artwork Here

Track List:

1. Curbside Panic Attack
2. Still Up Late
3. Theo
4. (Interlude: An Uncommon Commitment to Uncertainty)
5. Love Wouldn’t Take Me Back
6. (Interlude: Quiet Cars)
7. Honestly, Fuck You
8. Impossibly Incredibly