Artist of the day: 10th Concession

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For the second week in a row, our spotlight shines on a band led by bros. 10th Concession, led by siblings Ian Koteles, 26, acoustic guitar, keyboards and vocals; and Evan Koteles, 21, electric and acoustic guitar and vocals; features Matt Brady on bass and David Daniels on drums.

10th Concession’s style of radio-friendly, contemporary pop doesn’t fit in a trendy niche. If anything, it’s somewhat of a throwback to ’70s soft rock bands like America, but with touches of today’s mainstream pop bringing it up to date. They say they’ve gotten the brush-off, and people often don’t know what to make of them, but are proud of their unique accessibility. “I feel that it’s a strength to attract a wide audience,” Evan said. “We’re not the comb-over band. We don’t wear girl jeans.”

You can check out 10th Concession at 8 p.m. Friday at Three Birds Tavern, 1492 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg; and Saturday night at Fly Bar, 1202 N Franklin St., Tampa. Both shows are free.

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Oh, brothers, part 2: For the second week in a row, our spotlight shines on a band led by bros. 10th Concession, led by siblings Ian Koteles, 26, acoustic guitar, keyboards and vocals; and Evan Koteles, 21, electric and acoustic guitar and vocals; features Matt Brady on bass and David Daniels on drums.

Formed: In 2008 in Tampa. The Koteles brothers have been playing as an acoustic duo for more than 5 years.

Dual citizenship: Ian and Evan who were born and raised in South Tampa, are both Canadian and American.

Keeping it in the family: The Koteles boys grew up with music. Dad Albi, they say, played with the members of Rush in their early years and was in a prog-rock band called Conspiracy. He now plays with the Johnny Charro Band

Mass appeal: 10th Concession’s style of radio-friendly, contemporary pop doesn’t fit in a trendy niche. If anything, it’s somewhat of a throwback to ’70s soft rock bands like America, but with touches of today’s mainstream pop bringing it up to date. They say they’ve gotten the brush-off, and people often don’t know what to make of them, but are proud of their unique accessibility. “I feel that it’s a strength to attract a wide audience,” Evan said. “We’re not the comb-over band. We don’t wear girl jeans.”

Their live sound: “More straightforward,” Ian said.

Their CD: Self titled, released two years ago, it has what Evan called a “Nashville sheen,” recorded in the music capital by producer Fred Mollin. The CD, they say, has gotten both praise and flak for its layered style and polish. They add that their next release will sound more raw. 

Sentimental band name: Ian and Evan named 10th Concession after the address of their father’s childhood farm home, a tract of land the Canadian government conceded to their grandfather for tobacco farming. In Canada, each property is labeled with a number, usually a Roman numeral, and the Koteles’ land was the 10th.

Their bassist: Brady listens to a lot of classic rock and drives a forklift during his day job.

Their drummer: Daniels listens a lot of hard rock and works as an athletic trainer.

On being a four-piece: We got tired of just being two guys,” Ian said. “Being in band is a breath of fresh air.”
Evan: “We don’t want a Jonas Brothers-y type of thing!”

Hear them: Friday night at 8 p.m. at Three Birds Tavern, 1492 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, and Saturday at the Fly Bar, 1202 N Franklin St., Tampa. Both shows are free. myspace.com/10thConcession.

-- Julie Garisto, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:19pm]

    

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