Wednesday, July 02, 2008

El Ten Eleven

El Ten Eleven is a two-man post-rock-disco from Los Angeles. I heard they were coming to town last week but I didn't have a chance to go check it out, so the best I can do now is jam out to some of their tunes and recommend finding yourself in their tour path. Armed with only guitar, drums and an array of foot pedals, the duo creates instrumental music that has been desrcibed as "Justice meets Tortoise."

By listening further, I think you could also equate some of the things they do as a cross between the emotional riffs of Explosions in the Sky and the synth-based sound of a band like Ratatat. Whatever you want to call it, this stuff is right down my alley. I picked up both albums they have released thus far, plus a stomping track from their forthcoming EP, and I plan on spending some quality time with all of it.

In addition to El Ten Eleven, both of these guys are members of a band called The Soft Lightes, formerly known as The Incredible Moses Leroy. The two met while playing in an experimental 4 piece organic / electronic group that eventually got scrapped, but both were impressed by each others unique approach to their instruments and chose to continue working together.
Los Angeles Alternative: "Kristian Dunn (rockin’ a kick ass double-neck bass/guitar combo) and Tim Fogarty (busting out the mathy cross rhythms of three drummers) manage to play music as intricately layered as any Radiohead album, utilizing a garden of pedals to loop themselves into a 12-piece concept band. Besides probably saving a shit-load of money on tour, cutting their band down to the pure essentials maximizes their live impact as audience members stare in amazement at the fury of Kristian’s fingers and feet, and it makes the Polyphonic Spree seem like member-hoarding pussies."
from their forthcoming EP:
from Every Direction Is North (2007) from El Ten Eleven (2004)
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navdo said...

They Rocked the house last MONDAY!!!!

Mr. Curiosity said...

Thanks Nardo, now I feel even worse. Bring 'em back.