LP released: Sep 27, 2019
EL TEN ELEVEN
EL TEN ELEVEN [LP] (15TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION)
Fifteen years ago Kristian Dunn and Tim Fogarty released their self-titled debut album as El Ten Eleven. The self-released LP received only modest attention initially, but the project would go on to defy all expectations, gradually attracting a significant cult audience of loyal fans. "It was a glacial pace," Dunn said of the process. "When we first put it out there was very little reaction. But the reaction we did get was very passionate, which was exciting for us because we felt like we were on to something."Defying expectations is standard operating procedure for El Ten Eleven. Seriously, who would expect two instrumentalists to create such a large and complex sound? But thanks to inventive arrangements and a masterful use of looping, Dunn (bass/guitar) and Fogarty (drums) developed a pulsating sound full of atmospheric intensity. They've also crafted an incredibly durable career, and the duo credit the ongoing interest in their debut album as the foundation for that success. Early on Dunn feared the quirkiness of the group's two-man band approach would overshadow their music. "When we first started and we made that first record, I was really worried that people would only be interested in the novelty of us looping and playing everything by ourselves as just two people," Dunn shared. "I was worried that they wouldn't be moved by the music. But as it turned out, although people were impressed that it was just the two of us, they love the music."