Subversive New York City singer songwriter Ten Ton Man has been compared to Nick Cave by the likes of Huffpost, No Depression and Big Takeover with his blend of dark Americana and unhinged blues. We can also hear shades of Lou Reed and Iggy Pop in his rich rounded vocals and tongue-in-cheek lyricism, particularly in ‘Dangerous Women & A Desperate Man’, the title track to his EP which was released on September 29.
Brooklyn-born Paul Livornese, aka Ten Ton Man, takes his inspiration from the grittiness of his home town, with the brooding tone of his music reflecting NYCs restless cabaret life.
Paul immersed himself in his teens into the thriving nightlife of New York, often sneaking into Studio 54, The Mudd Club, and other hot live music spots on the weekend, and followed this up by attending Parson’s School of Design, while living in the East Village. He graduated with a Communication Arts degree, and worked at many major publications and ad agencies as a Creative Director.
Music however was still in his blood, and he tossed around the idea of starting a band at the age of 50, when his personal life was in turmoil. His moniker “Ten Ton Man” reflects the burden he was experiencing at the time, and the cathartic outlet, started in order to release his darker emotions, found an audience with those who’ve lived a bit, and who appreciated his gritty, bluesy rock.
Paul’s newest EP, ‘Dangerous Women & A Desperate Man’, celebrates bad choices, sung in his signature baritone style. His aim was for the EP to exhibit worn-in patina, and was recorded at Dirt Floor studio, in Northern Connecticut.
‘Dangerous Women & A Desperate Man’ was released on September 29 and is available on Bandcamp. You can find Ten Ton Man online on his official website, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, SoundCloud, and YouTube.