Instrumental Duo El Ten Eleven Announces Spring Tour

posted March 30, 2011

Instrumental Duo El Ten Eleven Announces Spring Tour

Keeping in line with their incessant touring regimen, LA-based instrumental duo El Ten Eleven are setting to head out for their second tour of the year and it's only March. The pair, comprised of Kristian Dunn on double neck bass/guitar and fretless bass and drummer Tim Fogarty, are heading to Kansas City where they will join Cursive, The Appleseed Cast, Daniel Johnston and Dosh at the Middle of the Map Festival on Friday, April 8. They will then launch into a month long US tour that will kick off in Portland, Oregon, on Thursday, April 14. That same day they will stop by the studios of longtime supporters KEXP for an on-air performance during "The Morning Show" with host John Richards.

Although their fourth album may cheekily be called "It's Still Like A Secret" (released November 9 on the band's own Fake Record Label), El Ten Eleven's brand of pulsating instrumental rock is far from a secret. For the past six years, the duo has been exciting listeners with a collection of albums filled with densely textured rhythms, rumbling bass and an ingenious use of guitars and looping pedals, steadily amassing a following by playing more than 400 shows. All of this has caused Relix to feature the band as one of "5 Artists You Should Know About" in their "On The Verge" section in the upcoming April/May 2011 issue.

Likened to "watching two superheroes do their thing," by SF Weekly, El Ten Eleven's live show is truly a technical marvel to witness as the duo recreate their pounding landscapes without the help of a single computer or sequencer. Instead, Dunn wields a double-neck bass/guitar and a fretless bass and records and loops himself live while his feet dance on an extensive floorboard of pedals. His partner in crime, Fogarty, wreaks havoc on his drum kit and electronic drum pads while also occasionally looping himself.

Like their instrumental contemporaries such as Explosions in the Sky, El Ten Eleven's music is highly sought after and has been heavily used in the realms of television, film and advertising. Of significant note are two highly acclaimed PBS documentaries - "Helvetica" and "Objectified" - both of which were nominated for Independent Spirit Awards. These films, directed and produced by Gary Hustwit, were scored by Dunn and prominently feature El Ten Eleven's music. The highly anticipated next installment, "Urbanized," will be released this year and once again feature music by El Ten Eleven and Dunn including several pieces composed exclusively for the film.

El Ten Eleven's Spring Tour 2011

  • April 8 - Kansas City, MO @ Middle of the Map Festival at Record Bar (18+)
  • April 14 - Portland, OR @ Holocene w/ Lynx & Girlfriends (21+)
  • April 15 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey w/ Lynx & Girlfriends (ALL AGES)
  • April 16 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux w/ Girlfriends (21+)
  • April 18 - Pullman, WA @ Bell Tower w/ Girlfriends (ALL AGES)
  • April 19 - Billings, MT @ Railyard (18+)
  • April 21 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court (ALL AGES)
  • April 22 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre w/ Pinback (16+)
  • April 23 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep w/ Lynx (ALL AGES)
  • April 25 - St. Louis, MO @ Firebird w/ Lynx (ALL AGES)
  • April 26 - Columbia, MO @ MOJO w/ Lynx (ALL AGES)
  • April 27 - Bloomington, ID @ Bishop w/ Lynx (18+)
  • April 28 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon w/ Lynx (18+)
  • April 29 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge w/ Lynx & Yourself and the Air (17+)
  • April 30 - Prescott, AZ @ Whiskey Off-Road Festival (ALL AGES)
  • May 2 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement w/ Yourself and the Air & Air Waves (ALL AGES)
  • May 3 - Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie's w/ Junk Culture (18+)
  • May 4 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Junk Culture (18+)
  • May 5 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 w/ Junk Culture (18+)
  • May 6 - Athens, GA @ New Earth Music Hall w/ Junk Culture (18+)
  • May 7 - Nashville, TN @ The End w/ Junk Culture (18+)
  • May 8 - Little Rock, AR @ Sticky Fingaz w/ Junk Culture (21+)
  • May 10 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory w/ Junk Culture (ALL AGES)
  • May 11 - Denton, TX @ Hailey's w/ Junk Culture (ALL AGES)
  • May 13 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress (ALL AGES)
  • May 14 - Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar (21+)
  • May 15 - Joshua Tree, CA @ Joshua Tree Music Festival (ALL AGES)