Dash|Ten

Dash|Ten

Dash|Ten is a band that serves a bit more of a purpose than the average group these days. You might even say that there’s a common theme among them. What makes things so unique is the fact that this is a trio of military musicians on a mission to enlighten others about life in the Army and music is the weapon of choice used to deliver the message.

This Louisville, Ky., three-piece act will be touring this summer on the Warped Tour in support of the self-titled album released last month. The band prides itself on an authentic and raw sound. Frontwoman Corrin Campbell has stated in past interviews that no pitch correction is used and most of the recordings were done in only a few takes.

While labeled as rock, there’s an undeniable pop influence here. Akin to acts such as Paramore, the track What You Wanted conveys feelings of anger and angst mixed with the typical effervescence of modern pop. The most notable element of this track is the high notes Campbell hits during the chorus.

Lyrically speaking, Where I Stand is clearly about the men and women that serve our country. “That’s what we stand for, that’s what we die for, that’s who we fight for, that’s where I stand. What we fight for is all that you live for, deep down to my core, that’s where I stand,” Campbell sings.  If you want a song that epitomizes who the band is, this would be it.

Not For Sale is fast, brash, and shows off some punk influence. The meaning of this one seems to be about standing against the marketing schemes of the mainstream music industry.

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Steve Ebert’s guitar playing is rather reserved for most of the album. His capabilities shine through on Sunbeam.  This is the most technical song on the record with some of the coolest riffs. Ebert’s remarkable contributions are heard again on Truly Untitled. The overdriven guitar tone makes for a much more Grunge rock sound than what is typical of the group.

Overall, with or without the military status, the music would still sound the same. It’s not a gimmick and the group doesn’t need to rely on it for success. At most, this is merely an aspect that helps to further draw the listener to the music. There’s definitely substance here.  

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