The chemistry between T.E.N. was undeniable the first time these legendary musicians collaborated in the studio. During a one-day session on April 1st, 2012, T.E.N. recorded 5 songs. This also happened to be the first time this powerhouse trio ever played together and the synergy between the three musicians ROCKED. In honor of their one-year anniversary, T.E.N. is releasing an EP on April 1st, 2013 featuring the songs they recorded during that first studio session. Since that epic day, T.E.N. has been working on their new album to be released on 10-10 (October 10, 2013).
Individually, each musician is a reputable force to be reckoned with. Together, they are an unstoppable force of music….T.E.N. contains the power of 10. Their saga begins in the mid nineties, when Norwood and Eric met on a day off during a Fishbone tour in Albuquerque, NM. It was Superbowl Sunday. A day of drinking ended in a jam session with members of Fishbone and Eric McFadden laying down the rocK. Over time, Norwood & Eric built a friendship and started playing gigs together. In late 2011, the idea to create a band together sprung up and the duo decided to form a trio. Thomas Pridgen’s name was immediately mentioned. Thomas grew up in Oakland, where his path first crossed with Eric’s in 2005. Sharing a mutual respect for one another’s playing, the two musicians spoke about joining forces whenever they ran into each other. The chance finally came when Eric and Norwood approached Thomas to form the new power trio together. Having seen both players in action, it was without hesitation that Thomas accepted their offer and the supergroup, T.E.N., was formed.
The bandmates individual style molded by their vibrant personalities creates a fusion of powerful, raging brilliance with delicate sensitivity. Having spurred from the Bay Area, Thomas Pridgen was first blowing minds with The Coup, before joining the Mars Volta (with whom he received a grammy in 2009), and then eventually forming his own band, The Memorials. It is no surprise that Thomas is able to push Eric & Norwood to higher musical realm; there have been few who could match the remarkable skill and finesse of Thomas Pridgen. Also a virtuoso, Eric McFadden has been heralded by Guitar Player Magazine as “the closest thing SF has to a modern day Hendrix”. Eric has toured the world with the likes of George Clinton/P-Funk, Stockholm Syndrome and Eric Bourdon/The Animals. In addition to collaborating with other top artists, McFadden has consistently recorded and toured the world as frontman of his own groups such as EMT and The Angry Babies. With such phenomenal bandmates, playing with T.E.N. allows Eric the ability to shine as both a songwriter & guitarist. Last, but certainly not least, is Norwood Fisher, who stands out not only for his remarkable bass playing (primarily with the legendary punk/ska band, Fishbone), but also his versatility and incredible musical sensibility. A bass genius, Norwood has been praised and sighted as an influence by such greats as Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Les Claypool of Primus. Norwood can play his ass off, write, sing and contribute stellar production ideas. Together, T.E.N. possesses a range of musical elements, ranging from rock and blues, punk and funk, soul and hip hop.
The band is called T.E.N., not only because it stands for all three band member’s names (Thomas, Eric Norwood), but it also represents a higher vision. From the beginning, it was important for T.E.N. to support a purpose greater than just an undeniably hot rock band. T.E.N. is a number that denotes great achievement. In keeping with this philosophy, T.E.N. is supporting a 10-STAR PROGRAM that supports music/arts for youth & community. T.E.N. believes that people should be given the tools to realize their full potential and encouraged to pursue their dreams. T.E.N. has visited schools, juvenile detention centers and homeless shelters for teens to perform & collaborate with youth. The message is simple: “Everyone contains the power of 10 within.” It is important to channel our energy into something positive that ignites our power. The significance of such positive interaction with the youth they have already collaborated with has inspired T.E.N. to rocK even harder! Through the 10-Star Program, T.E.N. wants to build a movement that inspires the next generation of 10’s. We Are 10 Star!