No lyrics, but lots of big sound from duo El Ten Eleven, coming to the Blind Pig
“I really hope people don’t say that we are a math rock band,” guitar/bass player Kristian Dunn writes while discussing the duo El Ten Eleven’s new album, “Transitions,” on the duo’s website.
El Ten Eleven plays at the Blind Pig Saturday night, with electronic musician Eliot Lipp opening.
Armed with just a doubleneck bass/guitar, drums and an array of foot pedals, the band creates complex music from scratch, onstage, with no help from laptops, click tracks, additional musicians or even lyrics.
They use multiple looping pedals to create songs that sound as though they are being played by at least six people. Most first-timers to an El Ten Eleven show are surprised that so much sound can come from a twosome.
Besides success on CD and live, El Ten Eleven has contributed to TV shows, radio shows and films. But the most notoriety has come from Gary Hustwit’s design documentary trilogy “Helvetica,” “Objectified” and “Urbanized.”
El Ten Eleven, with Eliot Lipp, plays at the Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., Saturday, Sept. 7. Tickets are $12-$14. Doors open at 9 p.m. Details at www.blindpigmusic.com or 734-996-8555.