Since I can't be everywhere at once, I've decided to start outsourcing some articles to some of my friends if they feel like writing. Don't worry there's no India tech support in the pipeline, but there is a review and photos of El Ten Eleven's performance at the Bug Jar, courtesy of my congenial cohort, miss Sarah Heppel.
"So, I made the trip to Rochester Sunday morning with the main purpose to go to the Bug Jar and see El Ten Eleven.
We had about an hour to kill before doors opened, but we wanted to go there even later than that so we headed to a coffee shop that a friend recommended. Turns out it was closed so we ended up going to this other diner to get coffee. It wasn't as fun and we weren't there very long. We headed to the Bug Jar, but the show wasn't going to start until like 10:30 or later so we were confused about what to do next. Soooo, we ended up going to another coffee house, Boulder Coffee. It was interesting because it was open mic comedy night! It was Semi-entertaining. We hung out for a while.. I didn't get anything there because I just had coffee at our previous stop.
Finally, when we arrived @ the Bug Jar, the first band was about to start. My boyfriend Tim and I took a shot and had a beer to warm up. We went outside and stood for a while. We didn't really care for the first band, The Cheetah Whores, at all. The second band, The Ideas, (?) were good but I felt the electric violin in the band wasn't as prominent as it could have been. They still were good, though.
A few beers later, El Ten Eleven starts piling their stuff on stage. If you remember my post a month or so ago, I promoted this band, and when I saw the documentary Helvetica, there was a band I fell in love with who had a bunch of songs on the documentaries soundtrack.. Well this is them.
They have quite the gear load for a duo. The bassist/guitarist has a pedal board as long as I am tall, or so it seemed. He has 2 double neck bass/guitars and a few other guitars he uses. He was mainly lovin' on the double neck and his single bass. He uses a loop pedal and manages to make the tunes sound not repetitive. He's constantly tapping his feet on different pedals. He is the busiest guitarist I've ever seen. Their music was dead on and their attitudes showed they were loving Rochester."
El Ten Eleven - I Like van Halen Because My Sister Says They are Cool
El Ten Eleven Myspace
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