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from Ten Count Fall is Pat Rishel (vocals/bass), RJ Rishel (vocals/guitar), Jason Kotheimer (guitar/backing vocals), and Jay Iorio (drums). Ten Count Fall...what in the hell? "It's the last ten seconds before victory or defeat - the final moments where you determine just how badly you want something," says front-man RJ Rishel. "You either have to dig deep and give it everything you have, or surrender, waste away to nothing, and face a life of ridicule." That's touching. How does it apply to music? Simple: Most bands form for the ladies and booze. The members are self-loathing and need a quick ego boost. The music is trash, and when it comes to crunch time, these bands don't have the heart to move forward. Instead, the take the little bit of self-worth they originally set out to collect, and move on with their lives, forever reminiscing about the four months they were in a "Rock 'N Roll" band. With these individuals, those days will forever be referenced to as "the glory days." Things are a little different, however, with Ten Count Fall. The band actually cares about the product. Now I'm interested. Tell me more. In early 2005, four self-proclaimed "unlucky" guys from Youngstown, Ohio decided to fight for the music they believe in, thus blessing us with their delicious sounds. Unlucky? Isn't that a bit cliche? Yes. But the "unlucky" title hasn't been conjured up to invoke emotions in the unsuspecting music fan. It simply is a basic, yet illustrative way to portray the life the band has led. Food has been scarce, money is nil, pets are always running away, and days on end are spent schlepping sandwiches and greasy pizza for unappreciative customers. Turning to music as an outlet for the built-up aggression is a perfect alternative to living a life of con-artistry and murder. Okay, no more cynicism, no more interruptions. Continue on. Shortly after winning Peabody's "Battle of the Bands" in the fall of 2005, Ten Count Fall realized that they might actually be on to something with their music. With confidence high, work on the debut album began. The guys holed themselves up at Ringside Studios in Detroit with producer and Suicide Machines bassist, Royce P. Nunley, and created their self-titled album, Ten Count Fall. After facing what they hope to be a final run of bad luck, complete with a slew of busted amps, broken down tour vehicles and near death experiences while chasing their manager's run-away dog down an inner-city highway in Atlanta, the band finally saw the release of the album on March 7, 2006. Now comes the technical review of the CD that is really just a bunch of fancy words strewn together: Ten Count Fall's independently released effort is a roller-coaster ride of power-packed anthems about teen ambition and apathy. In other words, it's good. The witty "Art of Poisoning" is a modern day Romeo and Juliet story with a sugar-coated twist, while "Cut Harder" calls out an apathetic generation for having everything and finding joy in nothing. In "TFFL" the band urges young listeners to quit being followers and to find their own identity by contemplating who their friends are, and why they need them, when all they do is bring them down. "We have a lot of young fans and we just want to let them know that whatever they're going through, there are others out there going through the same thing. We're all in it together," says front-man/guitarist Pat Rishel. With an average age of 19, the quartet decided to forgo college and hit the road this year to spread their message. Their high-energy live show and tireless work ethic have gained them stage time alongside Bowling for Soup, Billy Talent, The Matches, Plain White T's, and Roses are Red. In true punk spirit, dueling front-men Pat and RJ Rishel look for any opportunity to be heard. "We have played some of the biggest music halls in the country, but we've also played a library, a pottery shop, and a Chinese restaurant where we were paid in Wonton soup." Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.