New Signing: Ten Kills The Pack; Debut EP ‘Force Majeure’ Out May 15
April 16, 2020 BY Nettwerk
Nettwerk is excited to announce the signing of Toronto-based “city songwriter” Ten Kills The Pack (aka Sean Sroka). His debut EP, Force Majeure (out May 15th), is a series of definitive moments delivered through artful songcraft and organic instrumentation as he defines “city folk” as a genre. These songs were crystallized through recording sessions held in multiple Toronto high-rises, where the sights, sounds and shapes of the city were woven into the music.
Today, he introduces Force Majeure with new single “Talk My Ear Off,” pairing a lone vocal with finger-picked acoustic guitar. It builds towards a lover’s plea over a quiet hum. “It’s a love song,” Sroka explains. “It presents the parallels between the simplicity of talking with someone you love and beautiful pieces of art.”
The music of Ten Kills The Pack echoes both the communal loneliness of high-rise living and the bliss of a starlit rooftop gathering among friends fueled by wine and conversation, embodying the role of a “city songwriter” through and through.
The songs on Force Majeure were written all over Toronto—in cafes, after nights out with friends, before going to shows, on breaks walking Queen street, and unpacking from tours. Sroka says, “These songs have lived in different places, they’ve seen some shit.” Of the recording process, he continues, “We bounced from apartment to loft to apartment to record for a few tired hours each night. I think it contributed to the minimal and distinct tone of the EP. We tracked after working all day while drinking wine to keep pace and had to be quiet to avoid noise complaints from neighbors. This forced me to embrace new subtleties, and I think it’s where some of the intimacy and character comes from. It’s why I think the EP managed to capture the various lives you can live in any given city.”
Though his songs are born from various personal experiences, he also pulls from an expansive swath of inspirations, ranging from the poetry of Sylvia Plath, Frank O’Hara, and E.E. Cummings to sci-fi a la Handmaids Tale. Sroka devotes much of his time to cooking and culinary art, drawing on experience as a chef’s assistant at a fine dining restaurant. He handles guitar for punk dissidents Sure. He manages a high-end men’s clothing store and co-founded an alternative lifestyle publication which partnered with VICE. He ideated and scripted a film and makes his on-screen debut in 2021. But for now, his sights are astutely set on releasing more music.
Force Majeure Track Listing:
2. When I Say You Are Killing Me
3. Drunk All The Time
4. Talk My Ear Off
5. You Just Want to Feel Whole Again
6. The Only Place
7. Relaxing Apartments
Stay tuned for more news from Ten Kills The Pack.