Ten Ton Man – Chunk Of Change EP Review

New York City based gritty Americana trio Ten Ton Man are set to release their new EP Chunk Of Change on April 8 2014. As a follow-up to their self-titled debut album that they released in November 2012, Ten Ton Man presents this new three-track body of work that displays the same dark mood of their debut album and the signature baritone vocals of front man Paul Livornese singing three cautionary tales of materialism, the seduction of addiction and frustration with someone who refuses help.

With lyrics and music by Livornese and arrangements by the group’s bassist, Paul Dugan, the EP carries a foreboding tone throughout. The title track kicks off the EP and talks about forgoing the quest for material things and being happy with simple pleasures. This song has strong folk influences with its solemn melody and dark yet soulful vocals. It carries a pleasant swaying melody where the chorus changes the tone slightly and slows tempo.

The middle track Fine Line is slightly jauntier but equally gloomy about the fine line between indulging and succumbing to addiction, as Livornese sings, “That night I put my lips on you/Was the first night of this man’s deceit.” Fine Line is a traditional Blues number with its repetitive guitar riffs and the harmonica being played softly in the background.

What To Do rounds off the EP with a seemingly happier tone in the melody but ends with an air of frustration as the chorus fades into the distance, “I don’t know what to do…with you…” A distant whistle leaves the listener with the same sense of sadness that was felt in the previous two songs. The accordion creates a slightly vintage sound to this track and aids the sense of melancholy that seems to surround this band.

On the EP, the members include the three core members: Paul Livornese (lead vocals, guitar, whistling), Paul Dugan (upright bass and arco bass arrangements) and Paul Triff (drums, cajon, percussion) in addition to William Holshouser on accordion. The EP was recorded at Galuminum Foil in Brooklyn, New York.

Chunk Of Change will be released on April 8.

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