El Ten Eleven has gear stolen, prompts early pre-orders of ‘Transitions’ Remixed.

Earlier this week our friends El Ten Eleven suffered a major setback just days prior to heading out for tour when the majority of their gear was stolen from their car while at the studio.  In response to help offset costs, the band has put their latest effort, a remix album of 2012’s much heralded ‘Transitions’ album,  up for presale on their bandcamp.  There is a whole slew of options available including some swanky VIP packages that can net you time with the band when they come to your neck of the woods. To read more about the situation check out El Ten Eleven’s facebook page or read more below:

Friends,

Today our road manager parked my car that was full of our gear outside of our rehearsal studio, went inside to get the room ready and came back out a half hour later to find almost all of the gear stolen. It happened in broad daylight at 3pm on a very busy street.

Kristian’s double neck, fretless Wal bass, both pedal boards, and basically Tim’s entire drum kit (rototoms, cymbals, snare, kick pedal, all of his electronic drum equipment, and bass head) were stolen.

We are really, really screwed. Our tour is supposed to start in three days.

As you probably know, we are the hardest working band in show business and will do anything we can to still do the tour. We are utilizing every resource we can think of to get gear.

We are going to release our remix album next week but we are going to put one of the songs up for sale right now to raise some funds. If you have extra money and can donate to our cause, we would be unbelievably grateful.

This is sort of an emergency Kickstarter type of thing, but we aren’t going to use Kickstarter because it takes too long, the campaign has to be approved, we have to meet a goal, etc. Instead, we’re just gonna put the song up on Bandcamp and let you pay what you want for it. If you have extra money and can donate to our cause, we would be unbelievably grateful.

We hate begging for money. That’s why we’re offering a download. We want you to get at least something. But the truth is we need your help. If you enjoy our music and/or our shows and can afford to, please help us get back on the road! We are desperate.

If you can’t afford to spend any money but want to help, please spread the word. Especially if you are in Southern California. This gear is unique. There are very few Carvin double necks, Wal basses or roto toms out there. We’ll be watching the pawn shops, ebay and Craigslist like hawks. Maybe you can, too.

Also, the two A-holes who took the stuff apparently are Latino, in their 20’s and of average build. That’s about all we got from one witness.

Again, please know how much we hate asking for money, but if every person who liked us on Facebook just gave one buck, we could really start rebuilding our set up.

Thank you so much for your time. You can’t imagine how grateful Tim and I are at the support you’ve given us over the years. We still can’t believe you like us!

Thank you, thank you.

Kristian

Roundtable Review – And So I Watch You From Afar – All Hail Bright Futures

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Artist And So I Watch You From Afar
Album ‘All Hail Bright Futures’
Genre Post-Rock / Math-Rock
Buy/DL bandcamp
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Label Sargent House
Release Mar 19 2013
Rating Excellent

After a short hiatus, we’re back with yet another roundtable review. This time around  Shane, Shooter and myself (Iamhop) are taking a look at the much anticipated ‘All Hail Bright Futures’ by And So I Watch You From Afar, the band’s third full length.

Shane: Everyone’s favorite creepily named Irishmen are back with a new album, and oh, it’s a great one. They continue to defy easy genre classification, by just providing awesome, infectious, instrumental jams. They don’t have the crescendos, the build-ups, or any of the “cinematic” stuff, they don’t really have the math rock angle going on, they just play what they love, and it comes out awesome. I mean, they use a steel drum for crying out loud. Who else has the balls to do that?

They do slow things down a bit here and there, like on “The Stay Golden Pt. 3 (Trails…)”, and the following track, “Mend And Make Safe”. While the former is a short little mellow track, the latter is a little less bouncy version of classic ASIWYFA, which reminds me a bit of The Dismemberment Plan (in a very, very good way).

In an album so full of highlights (the chant on “Ambulance” is pretty damn awesome, for example), it’s hard to really find anything “wrong” with this album. If I had one bone to pick, I’m not that into the first 3 minutes or so of “Ka Ba Ta Bo Da Ka“, but the track finishes strong. The final track, “Young Brave Minds”, is probably the stand out track to me, which is a difficult thing to say given how great everything else on the album is.

Every time ASIWYFA puts out a new album, I wonder how they’re going to top it. Well, they’ve topped ‘Gangs‘ here, in my opinion, and of course, now I’m wondering how they’re going to top this. Excellent.

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IamHop:  And So I Watch You From Afar is one of those bands you really need to see live to truly appreciate the energy that flows through the band’s barrage of musical insanity . While technically sound, the band really does thrive off the unrelenting energy they bring forth into creating a chaotic and rambunctiously fun sound. When I saw them open for Russian Circles last summer, I expected a solid show. What I didn’t expect was for them to completely tear the house down and take all the air out of the room in the process. At the end of the night, people were talking about ASIWYFA, not Russian Circles. I have to hand it to them for their ability to create highly catchy mathy post-rock that never settles  falls into grooves and is constantly out to surprise the listener. You truly never know what to expect when you listen to one of their albums.

Which leads us to their latest effort ‘All Hail Bright Futures’, released earlier this month. The album picks up right where their 2011 album “Gangs” left off. Everything you’ve come to expect from the band is present and there are no real surprises to be found throughout the album’s 12 tracks. “Big Thinks Do  Remarkable” is a fantastic jam that kicks things off and never quits as it pushes forward. It’s just too hard not to chant along the track. “The Stay Golden” blends crazy electronic elements with more chanting and guitar work that simply flows on all levels. “Young Brave Minds” is the only song over 5 minutes to be found on the album and is there to reassure us that all the members of ASIWYFA haven’t developed ADHD and suddenly lack the attention span to create a great song longer than 3 minutes. While it is the best song on the album, the shorter tracks are really what sells the whole thing to me. Obviously this is an album that flows brilliantly without a dull moment to ever be found.

In comparison to their previous two releases, ‘All Hail Bright Futures’ is a much more solid album from  front to back. While their other two albums are home to some truly epic tracks that are must listen to post-rock essentials, their biggest fault is that both tended to taper off in energy and had trouble maintaining my interest after the initial rush of musical intensity the first few tracks brought to the table began to die down. That problem is nowhere to be found on this album and is a highly enjoyable experience from front to back. Mark this one down as “Excellent” in my book.

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Shooter: And So I Watch You from Afar channel Battles in their latest bid to become recognized as the most fun not-quite-post-rock band in the post-rock circuit today. ‘All Hail Bright Futures’ focuses this band’s pop sensibilities into one hard-and-fast ride, such that it’s incredibly difficult to not be excited by the infectious hooks that seep from the get-go. The riffs are quick and packed with energy as you’d expect, yet there’s also a sense of patience that was at times missing in previous albums. No longer do songs hurriedly shift from riff to riff — each melody is allowed to repeat for long enough for the hooks to really attach. The now-prominent use of vocals aids in making each motif more memorable, yet it also lends a somewhat cute and fun edge to the music. And So I Watch You from Afar have always stated their case that post-rock can be a blast, but it’s never been more convincing than it is here. ‘All Hail Bright Futures’ is like a dream pop album on a sugar-high. Aggressive metal elements that were once a distraction are now left by the wayside in the aid of a cohesive pop sound. I feel like this band has finally found its identity. Excellent