Formed in their hometown of Bury St Edmunds back in 2007, Ten City Nation wasted no time in gigging like madmen – by November of that year, they were supporting NME darlings We Start Fires on a UK tour. Releasing their debut single and album in early 2008 (both are available as free downloads from the band’s official website), a sold-out single launch party at London’s Islington Bar Academy led to high-profile supports for Artrocker favourites Untitled Musical Project and Popular Workshop, which in turn led to an appearance at the Offset Festival alongside Wire, Future Of The Left and Blood Red Shoes. Ten City Nation also won the affections of BBC Radio Suffolk, who put the band forward to represent the station at the 2008 Reading & Leeds Festivals. The band also helped put together (and appeared on) a compilation in aid of Love Music Hate Racism, and embarked on a Summer 2008 Love Music Hate Racism tour with Popular Workshop, Nebraska, Kunk and hotly-tipped fellow Bury boys Thee Vicars. A song from the debut album, ‘TDK 90’, is featured on the new Suicide Girls movie.
Ten City Nation’s critically-acclaimed album, ‘At The Still Point’, was recorded and mixed on bassist Mike Smith’s farm in Suffolk in 3 days by Sam Marsh (formerly of early 90’s John Peel favourites Jacob’s Mouse). On release, it shot straight to 49 in Tower Records USA’s Alternative Top 100. Two songs from the album, ‘Silent Disco’ and ‘Flashing Lights’ were released as a double-A side 7” through cult label R*E*P*E*A*T Records in June 2009; XFM’s John Kennedy championed ‘Flashing Lights’ on his show and the single was launched with a packed-out Club Fandango headline show at the Dublin Castle in Camden.
AOLM’s Martyn caught Ten City Nation at Weyfest a few years back, his reaction was ‘More energy than a nuclear power station, you have to see them live!’
‘At The Still Point’ and Futures are available on the band’s own Sturm Und Drang Recordings.