Hot! Summer Meltdown 2012: El Ten Eleven

Posted by on August 14th, 2012 at 1:22 PM

El Ten Eleven, All Photos by Lindsey Bluher

El Ten Eleven is a dream team of a half electric/half acoustic drum kit and loop machine of guitar and bass. At first, under the watchful eye of maybe 40 people, El Ten Eleven played semi familiar songs, but it was the second half of their set that stands out. Armed with a double-necked bass and guitar contraption, bass/guitar player Kristian Dunn sent the crowd into a craze as their set continued on. They produce music that is as chilled out as it is danceable – and if you’re not sure what I mean, all it takes is a listen to a song like “I Like Van Halen Because My Sister Says They Are Cool” to understand. I heard comparisons to Ghostland Observatory ripple through the crowd around me, and while that is accurate in some respects, El Ten Eleven is far more accessible as could be witnessed by watching every member of this diverse crowd bob with the music.

From LA, El Ten Eleven sinks into your spine. The two-some makes music that bum-bum-bums, lets the bass line thump your knees along, and the drums tie it all together. Drummer Tim Fogarty is more subtle on stage than Dunn, but it’s the drums in this band set it apart. The combination electronic and acoustic kit produces a sound that allows the two-some to banter between the drum section and the looping system controlled by Dunn. The interplay between the three instruments (manned by only two very capable musicians) made it so that this performance was one of the best surprises of the day, with the crowd steadily growing as the sun dunked below the tree line.

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