El Ten Eleven, the SoCal duo whose 2020 triple-LP “Tautology” series presciently and ambitiously put the arc of human life to music, return with a joyously unrestrained six-song album, “New Year’s Eve”, on March 4th, 2022, via Joyful Noise Recordings.
“”New Year’s Eve” is a reference to guarded optimism about what is to come. At the time, it seemed like our national divisiveness might be waning and the end of the pandemic was near. But of course that’s not how it turned out”, bassist Kristian Dunn said of the album’s inspiration. “That’s what “New Year’s Eve”’s are. You think it’s gonna be a fun night, but usually it’s disappointing at the end”.
The outfit preview “New Year’s Eve” with the release of a new song and accompanying video for “Meta Metta” (you can watch it below). The performance clip was filmed at The Cube in Los Angeles.
Over the course of 20 years and 11 albums, El Ten Eleven has continued to redefine the potential of bass guitar and drums. With an arsenal of pedals, labyrinthine arrangements, and a deft use of looping, Kristian Dunn (bass) and Tim Fogarty (drums) create two-man symphonies. With “New Year’s Eve”, the duo melds electrifying disco grooves with their tried-and-true experimental rock atmospherics.
Throughout its six tracks, “New Year’s Eve” romps through infectious grooves, Rototom blasts, electrifying breakdowns, and meditative reprieves. Along with the pedal-fueled trickery and musical prowess fans have come to expect from El Ten Eleven, “New Year’s Eve” channels Dunn’s lifelong love of disco. Channeling memories of a childhood spent spinning Niles Rogers and Chic while his peers blared heavy metal, Dunn imbued his own emotions onto the delightful excess of disco.
“I’m a huge fan of disco music, and I mean that completely sincerely”, Dunn says of the Sonny DiPerri (DIIV, Portugal The Man) produced album. “I’m a bass player, so the bass is often the driving lead instrument of disco music, so that appealed to me – that’s just in my blood. This love was always in me, and it was time for it to come out. The album is kinda funky and kinda dancy, but with my sad boy Kristian Dunn crap on top”.
1. New Year’s Eve
2. Meta Metta
3. The Time Knife
4. Isn’t Everything Enough
5. Sixteen Circles
6. A Reflection of a Reflection
The band closed out 2021 with a debut of the album’s title track and an ongoing U.S. tour, which resumes this Friday in Los Angeles. The full list of dates, which sees the pair on the road for the first three months of the New Year, are below. Supporting artists include Sego, Mylets, Cedric Noel, and A Beacon School.
US Tour Dates 2022:
Jan 7: Los Angeles, CA The Roxy*
Jan 8: San Francisco, CA The Independent*
Jan 13: San Diego, CA Casbah*
Jan 14: Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom*
Jan 15: Tucson, AZ 191 Toole*
Jan 16: El Paso, TX Lowbrow Palace*
Jan 20: Dallas, TX Club Dada&
Jan 21: Austin, TX The Far Out Lounge&
Jan 22: Houston, TX White Oak&
Jan 23: New Orleans, LA Gasa Gasa&
Jan 26: Nashville, TN Exit / In*
Jan 27: Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle*
Jan 28: Asheville, NC The Grey Eagle*
Jan 29: Atlanta, GA Terminal West*
Feb 1: Kansas City, MO Record Bar*
Feb 3: Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep*
Feb 5: Durango, CO Animas*
Feb 6: Denver, CO Bluebird*
Apr 6: Omaha, NE Slowdown^
Apr 7: St. Paul, MN Turf Club^
Apr 8: Chicago, IL Chop Shop^
Apr 9: Grand Rapids, MI Pyramid Scheme^
Apr 10: Indianapolis, IN HiFi^
Apr 13: Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom^
Apr 14: Pittsburgh, PA Thunderbird^
Apr 15: Washington, DC Union Stage^
Apr 16: Philadelphia, PA Milkboy^
Apr 20: Rochester, NY Bugjar^
Apr 21: Rochester, NY Bugjar^
Apr 22: Boston, MA Paradise^+
Apr 23: Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Made^+
* (w/ Sego)
& (w/ Mylets)
^ (w/ Cedric Noel)
+ (w/ A Beacon School)