Elevens have been wowing audiences with their wonderfully crafted songs delivered with great poignancy by lead singer Martin McCann. The much talked about band will bring their eclectic acoustic sound to the surrounds of The Stables on Saturday, February 2nd…
Supplementing their acoustic prowess with Ukulele, Omnichord, Melodica & Toy Bells amongst other gadgetry, the latest batch of songs display yet another side of the band by changing tone and upping the tempo. Elevens' gigs have come to be considered “events” on the live music calendar and a truly unique musical experience.
Named after guitar string gauge size, a happy accident when Tony Barrett set his newly bought acoustic guitar with a set of 'Elevens' instead of the standard 'Twelves', the Dublin-based three piece was formed in 2009 by Martin McCann and Tony Barrett from two of Dublin's most prestigious Indie bands (SACK and BRILLIANT TREES).
With a knowledge of computer recording techniques, guitarist Mark Healy (THE JOSEPHS / JERRY FISH & THE MUDBUG CLUB) soon came on board to add some tonal colour through his use of various effects pedals to complete the overall sound.
However lately with the occasional addition of John Gilligan on Double Bass, Tony Brereton on Drums and Kenneth Rice on violin, Elevens' sound has matured and continues to do so. A 'go with the flow' attitude never seems to hinder their development.
In today's climate of the harsh and abrasive, Elevens have come to soothe the senses with their simple arrangements and unique delivery. The band has many fans including Chrissie Hynde and Morrissey, having attended one of their shows at the infamous Ronnie Scotts in London. Their EPs have received universal critical praise and airplay on both radio and TV.
Following the success of “Tender To The Touch” and “Torn At The Seams”, the latest 5-track EP 'New Beginning' includes 3 new studio recordings alongside 2 live takes from their sold out Unitarian Church (Dublin) show last February.
IRISH TIMES Review of the "Torn At The Seams" EP:
"A new-ish Dublin band made up of old-ish musicians from bands such as Sack (Martin McCann), The Brilliant Trees (Tony Barrett) and The Josephs (Mark Healy), Elevens are a combined aural and visual entity who perform selected gigs in Dublin and beyond. We haven't yet seen what they offer for the eyes, but if the music on this recently released EP is anything to go by we're talking about summer haze, autumnal bliss, winter calm and spring-loaded steps. Taking it down a notch or three seems to be at the heart of the band, yet there's an innate dynamism at play that lifts even the quietest of music into an area that persuades you to listen to it. At six tracks, this might not be the full story of Elevens, but for now they're definitely on the right side of beautiful."~ Tony Clayton-Lea / The Ticket (Dec.9th, 2011)