Last Friday, up and coming singer-songwriter Ten Tonnes (AKA Ethan Barnett) released his highly anticipated self-titeld debut album via Warner Music! The 12-track record includes hit singles ‘G.I.V.E’, ‘Lay It On Me’, and 2016’s breakthrough ‘Lucy’.
Opening with a new recorded version of ‘Lucy’, Barnett lets fans know from the get-go that just because some track have been out for a while, this album is anything but predictable. It was recorded with producers Hugo White (ex-The Maccabees) and Dan Grech who has previously worked with the likes of Wolf Alice, The Killers and Liam Gallagher. Combining their different approaches, they’ve collectively created a nostalgic, groovy record that also features co-writes with Crispin Hunt (Florence + The Machine, Jake Bugg, Lana Del Rey) and Luke Potashnick (Charlie Puth, James Blunt).
Two songs in particular have an obvious flair of Nick J.D Hodgson: ‘Nights In, Nights Out’ and ‘Missing You’. ‘Nights in, Nights Out’ tackles “seeing the same old faces around town and needing to break the cycle”, but ‘Missing You’ addresses bittersweet feelings of leaving. The two songs share contradictory but parallel emotions – wanting to escape but realising then what you’re missing once you’re gone.
Ten Tonnes has received 4/5 starts from Dork, who said “Sharing the same love of classic pop rock with bands like The Kooks, the album couldn’t fit any more huge, festival-ready singalong choruses and nagging melodies in if it tried”. The Guardian added “tracks such as ‘Silver Heat’ have pace and attitude, which place Ten Tonnes somewhere near Sam Fender”, and it was also listed as one of the Evening Standard‘s Albums of the Week.
Previous EP Born To Lose (2017) proved that Ten Tonnes was one to watch and this has definitely lived up to expectations.
On the topic of upcoming festivals, he told The Ocelot “I’m excited for festivals this year, more than any other year, because the album’s going to be out, and it feels like it’s built around more of a thing rather than a few random songs. Hopefully by that point people would have heard it [Ten Tonnes] and made up their mind if they want to come and see me, or not!”