Museum School Fundraiser – Pinback, El Ten Eleven, The Color Forty Nine, John Reis and Rob Crow – Tickets – Music Box San Diego – San Diego, CA – April 20th, 2019

Museum School Fundraiser - Pinback, El Ten Eleven, The Color Forty Nine, John Reis and Rob Crow

Casbah presents

Museum School Fundraiser - Pinback, El Ten Eleven, The Color Forty Nine, John Reis and Rob Crow

Sat, April 20, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Music Box San Diego

San Diego, CA

$23 adv/$33 day of show

Tickets at the Door

This event is 18 and over

Pinback
Pinback
We have a tendency to take consistency for granted. Like a sunny Southern California day, Pinback have delivered record after record of mightily addictive indie pop since their inception in the late 1990s. Perhaps too melancholic and thoughtful to function as escapist entertainment, that same sense of depth is what made them one of the most reliable bands in indie rock’s three-decade history.

On one hand, their fifth album, Information Retrieved, is the logical and accessible realization of a sound Pinback have been developing and refining for over a decade. However, that consistency that we’ve taken for granted is what makes Information Retrieved such a euphoric surprise; their finest and most fully realized album, a dozen years deep into a career that includes bona fide modern classics like “Good To Sea” and Summer In Abaddon. Simply put, this is better than we ever could have expected. They could have coasted on automatic pilot to another lauded album that likely would have made it onto plenty of year-end lists, but instead they shot the moon, and the result is a major triumph.

The touchstones are still there: Zach Smith‘s stunningly unique bass guitar acrobatics driving both rhythm and melody in lock-step unison; the incredible immediacy of Rob Crow‘s voice that could make a phone book sound compelling; and the musical and lyrical interplay between the two of them that made Pinback so special in the first place. The difference now is their exquisite control over dynamics and a greater emotional resonance throughout. It’s the most complete and soulful Pinback album by a fair distance, the finest moment in the career of a band whose unfettered brilliance we’ve come to count on, but will never again take for granted.
El Ten Eleven
El Ten Eleven
Fifteen years ago Kristian Dunn and Tim Fogarty released their self-titled debut album as El Ten Eleven. The self-released LP received only modest attention initially, but the project would go on to defy all expectations, gradually attracting a significant cult audience of loyal fans. “It was a glacial pace,” Dunn said of the process. “When we first put it out there was very little reaction. But the reaction we did get was very passionate, which was exciting for us because we felt like we were on to something.”

Defying expectations is standard operating procedure for El Ten Eleven. Seriously, who would expect two instrumentalists to create such a large and complex sound? But thanks to inventive arrangements and a masterful use of looping, Dunn (bass/guitar) and Fogarty (drums) developed a pulsating sound full of atmospheric intensity. They’ve also crafted an incredibly durable career, and the duo credit the ongoing interest in their debut album as the foundation for that success.

Early on Dunn feared the quirkiness of the group’s two-man band approach would overshadow their music. “When we first started and we made that first record, I was really worried that people would only be interested in the novelty of us looping and playing everything by ourselves as just two people,” Dunn shared. “I was worried that they wouldn’t be moved by the music. But as it turned out, although people were impressed that it was just the two of us, they love the music.“

The music of El Ten Eleven has been embraced by fans of many genres — from math rock, to jazz, to lo-fi hip-hop. The duo’s sound is sharply evocative in mood and feeling, yet simultaneously abstract and meditative. The combination of these qualities has stimulated the imagination of the group’s fans, and gives space for listeners to assign their own value and meaning to the sounds. “I’m aiming for emotional impact when I come up with songs,” Dunn explained. “Does it move me? Does it make me feel something? Sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it's technically interesting but it doesn't make me feel anything. But I don't want music that's interesting. I want music that's emotionally resonate.”

When El Ten Elven was released in 2004, on-demand music streaming services were still in their embryonic phase. The growth of those services would be a consequential factor in introducing El Ten Eleven’s music to the world. Dunn views the development of digital music distribution services as a liberating force for artists, an effective channel to sidestep the suffocating control of corporate media. "Really, this is a Golden Age of music,” Dunn observed. “I think this is the greatest time in history to be a musician. We don't have to rely on MTV or a radio station to be heard. If you make something great people will find it. I'm not saying what we did was great, but that's what we were aiming for. I figured people would find us and they did. It took a long time, but it worked."

For all the band’s fans who discovered this album via online streaming services, JNR’s deluxe vinyl reissue of El Ten Eleven provides an excellent opportunity to bypass the compromised bitrates and crappy laptop speakers associated with digital listening, allowing listeners to experience this music in all of its full-frequency high-fidelity glory.

Meanwhile, Dunn remains humbled by the ongoing interest in El Ten Eleven’s debut. “The fact that people still like a record we put out in 2004 is unbelievably gratifying. Tim and I were still figuring out what we were doing when we made that album. I think that might be part of why it's appealing to people. It's a very honest record and naiveté can be really fascinating. So I'm glad it was honest, and I'm glad we did it. It's definitely bringing us more than I thought it ever would. It's surpassed my expectations for longevity and impact, and of course we’re happy about that."
Venue Information:
Music Box San Diego
1337 India Street
San Diego, CA, 92101
https://musicboxsd.com/