About Ten Year Vamp
Ten Year Vamp opens for Bon Jovi at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center:
"Ten Year Vamp Rocks SPAC As Bon Jovi Opener"
- Headline from the Saratoga Today Newspaper, 7/15/2010
Ten Year Vamp Opens For Aerosmith at the 2010 New York State Fair:
"Ten Year Vamp, a six-piece band that boasts of all New York state musicians, rocked the crowd with vigor and style. Led by charismatic lead singer Debbie Gabrione, Ten Year Vamp delivered a solid, soaring string of songs from the album “Don’t Act Like You Don’t Know Me.” Gabrione stalked the stage, at times hopping up and down and at other times pacing left and then right. All the while, she let the crowd know exactly how she felt with the smooth and rich vocals to “Pleasures (That I Call Mine),” “Rockstar,” “Faked It” and “One Night Ticket.” She’s got star power aplenty. "
- Syracuse Post Record, 8/27/2010
#1 BEST ALBUM OF 2009!
One of the country's biggest and best indie music podcasts selects Ten Year Vamp's album, Don't Act Like You Know Me, as #1 Best Album of 2009! Check out the Mothpod podcast HERE. The Mothpod showcases indie bands every week, and Don't Act Like You Know Me was selected out of hundreds and hundreds of albums.
#10 BEST ALBUM OF 2009!
Wildy's World, one of the Nation's best music blogs selects Ten Year Vamp's, Don't Act Like You Know Me, as the tenth best album of the year. Out of hundreds of albums, Don't Act Like You Know Me falls just behind Lyle Lovett and one up from Ben Folds. Go HERE for the list and HERE for our album review.
Ten Year Vamp Song, Faked It, Voted One Of The Best Songs of 2009
At The Great Unknown Presents, over 1200 listeners voted for their favorite songs of 2009 and Ten Year Vamp song, Faked It, was among the top 20! 12/31/2009
"I'd love to have you on my show again. Before I had you on my show, I only had 3,000 iTunes subscribers. Since having you on my show, I have gained over 29,000 new subscribers. You probably had a lot to do with it, because your music is so "kick-ass". I thank you and owe you some gratitude to you for my success."
-Michael Jaramillo, December 31, 2009
"Filled with catchy riffs and heavy grooves, the album easily proves that it can stand next to any top-40 album on the charts today... With a strong band dynamic, and enigmatic front woman and a business sense usually reserved for Wall Street boardrooms, Ten Year Vamp is taking the musical, and business, world by storm. With a string of catchy tunes, a good production team and a strong vision for their future, it’s only a matter of time before the band, which has opened for Lifehouse, Simple Plan and the Spin Doctors, jumps to the top of the marquee of concert halls across the country."
-Guitar International, November 20, 2009
"Big Message + High Intensity = Big Hit! Is the formula that best describes TYV’s Don’t Act Like You Know Me! While Don’t Act Like You Know Me celebrates the independence, and with that the problems, of modern woman, front woman Debbie’s sex appeal passion and soul combined with TYV’s hard rockin’, in your face music appeals to the widest pop/rock audience... I rate them 10 out of 10 and a thumbs up!"
-Gulf Coast Music Review, October 26, 2009
"Don't Act Like You Know Me, shapes up to be one of the most dynamic rock albums of the year... Debbie Gabrione is the sort of front woman they make movies about, and the rest of the band is incredibly tight. With a sound already refined and highly marketable, Ten Year Vamp just needs that one big break to fall in place. It will happen sooner or later; music this good just doesn't stay hidden. Don't Act Like You Know Me is brilliant; a Wildy's World Certified Desert Island Disc. Don't miss it. Rating: 5 Stars (Out of 5)
-Wildy's World 9/25/2009
“ I was blown away by this band right away… The first time that I heard the lead singer Debbie Gabrione’s voice, I was hooked. They got great songs, excellent lyrics, great melodies, and like I said, Debbie’s voice just ties it all together. The album Don’t Act Like You Know Me, is solid all the way through… I ended up buying the album and wanted to play almost every song on the show today... On top of it all, Debbie is just f&%$in hot... This is a top of the UC Radio List recommendation.”
-UC Radio October 15, 2009
"You can't call them indie, although technically they are... If power pop can 'Rock' these guys rock our world! We featured Never Know on this week's show and cannot say enough good things about 10YV's amazingly tight sound! Debbie & the band deserve every award, every achievement and every success they've reached. We have a hunch the best is yet to come!" Don't Act Like You Know Me rated 5 out of 5!
-Ken Main, You Can't Make It Up 11/2/2009
"The band's Don't Act Like You Know Me works well as a spotlight for the band's music. Frankly I can't understand why Ten Year Vamp isn't a household name already in the music scene... this band should be headlining the shows.... For any record labels executives reading this do yourself a favor and head up to Albany, New York and sign this band, you won't be sorry."
-The CD Reviewer 10/30/2009
"You couldn’t have picked a better voice to lead a Rock Band!! This album shows the world this band is for real. Intense lyrics led by a mastermind on guitar. “Rockstar” coming to a radio station near you. Watch out this is the future of ROCK N ROLL!!"
-Album Review in The Venue (New England's Premiere Arts & Entertainment Newspaper)
“While I’m a ‘girly girl’ in the sense that I like to do my hair and wear makeup and look pretty, I never degrade myself. My sex appeal is a result of the raw confidence I have inside—and I’ve earned that.” Debbie Gabrione says with a self-assuredness that you have to admire. She’s the bold lead singer of Ten Year Vamp, a power pop band with energy to spare. Imagine Foo Fighters meets Green Day with Gwen Stefani on vocals and you have an idea of their sound.
Ten Year Vamp have beaten the odds and found an incredibly loyal following and tremendous success all without a record company backing them. In fact, when they wanted to put out their latest release, they went to their fans to get funding.
Guitarist Mark Rose explains, “We had a crazy idea. We thought why not have our fans become the record company? We had 60 people give us anywhere from $25. to $2,000. We then put 80 songs up on a website and let our fans choose the 12 songs that would go on the album.” Their crazy idea worked and their fans are now more motivated than ever to help Ten Year Vamp become the Next Big Thing. "Each owner will receive their fair percentage of album sales based on how much they invested," says Rose. Owners also voted on which photos should be used for the album, including the cover. The group has been credited by Forbes, CNBC, Yahoo!, AOL Money and Finance, Columbia's School of Journalism and countless other news sites as completely reinventing the way records are recorded, marketed and sold.
Ten Year Vamp is based in Albany, NY, where they’ve been voted best Rock Band in the Metroland Reader’s Poll for the 5th year in a row. Metroland is the New York Capital District’s weekly entertainment magazine and it reaches over 100,000 readers. Ten Year Vamp is: Debbie Gabrione, Vocals and Guitars, Mark Rose, Rhythm Guitars, Tim Keenan, Bass, Andrew Foster, Lead Guitars, and Gregory Nash, Drums.
Lead singer Debbie Gabrione may be the only rocker in history to admit to having a happy childhood. She recalls, “My family was close. We had dinner together every night. We washed the dishes together. We laughed all the time and just did things as a family.”
It wasn’t until college that both Debbie and guitarist Mark Rose stated getting interested in being in a band. Debbie says, “Believe it or not, I really never had any exposure to rock music before college. I grew up on 50’s music, Broadway show tunes, and Italian music like Jerry Vale and Connie Francis. The heaviest music I heard before college was Neil Diamond and Rod Stewart” she laughs, almost embarrassed to admit this.
Ten Year Vamp is known for delivering a top-tier, high octane performance at their live shows and their reputation has fueled interest in their latest release. They’ve been featured on CNBC, Forbes.com and in a long list of music publications from around the world. They’ve played for thousands of fans at festivals and at prestigious venues from CBGB’s to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Their new album, “Don’t Act Like You Know Me” is Ten Year Vamp’s most polished work to date. The single “Never Know” has the intensity of Foo Fighter’s “Everlong” combined with the female angst of No Doubt’s “Just A Girl.” Ten Year Vamp wants to create music for a large, diverse audience. “Never Know” also features an MTV quality video that showcases Debbie’s “girl next door” sexiness. When asked if Debbie feels she’s a role model for young women, she says, “I definitely think I’m a positive role model for young women. I was raised to value myself and to set goals and work hard to achieve them.”
The song “I Don’t Need” examines the sometimes passive/aggressive roles that women can find themselves playing in relationships. The lyrics, “I don’t want you to scold me, I don’t need you to hold me” are an attempt for the song’s protagonist to find her own voice in a demanding relationship. In other words, this modern woman can do things herself in her own way. She doesn’t need a man to tell her what to do.
The song “Pleasures (that I call mine)” might just be the most exciting pro-female sexuality song since the Divinyls “I Touch Myself” from 1991. Debbie declares, “It’s a song about knowing what I like and owning it. It’s not about making myself into someone else’s fantasies. I think it’s a new version of feminism; being sexy because you want to be rather than because someone else wants you to be.” Pleasures was used by MTV in an episode of Real World: New Orleans.
Ten Year Vamp has opened for acts like, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Lifehouse, Gavin DeGraw, Fuel, Finger 11, Natasha Beddingfield, Simple Plan, and the Spin Doctors, just to name a few. With the sure-fire power pop songs on “Don’t Act Like You Know Me” and die hard fans willing to shell out their hard earned cash to help their favorite local band get a shot at the big time, Ten Year Vamp will soon be headlining on the main festival stages. As guitarist Mark Rose says, “We wanted to make a record that would hold up to everything you hear on the radio.” With “Don’t Act Like You Know Me” Ten Year Vamp surpasses many of the songs that are played on the radio these days. Here’s hoping that modern day radio, and maybe even some of the record companies, catch up to Ten Year Vamp.
Vocals, Guitar: Debbie Gabrione
Guitar: Mark Rose
Lead Guitar: Andrew Foster
Drums: Greg Nash
Bass: Tim Keenan