Los Angeles post-rock duo El Ten Eleven isn't your run-of-the-mill indie-rock two-piece. For starters, their live sound isn't stripped down like fellow duos Matt & Kim or The White Stripes. And they don't have to rely on drum machines or pre-recorded backing tracks to faithfully reproduce their recordings, like The Kills and Sleigh Bells.
Instead, guitarist/bassist Kristian Dunn and drummer Tim Fogarty rely on an array of effects pedals and a looping machine to create intricate atmospheric works that actually do sound as big live as they do on record.
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The most frequent compliment most two-piece bands ever receive is that they "manage to sound like a much larger band," but, with the aid of technology, El Ten Eleven just might represent the most accurate embodiment of that statement. Plus, their danceable melodies pack enough of a punch so that audiences forget they're watching a dreaded instrumental band.