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Austin, Texas, United States | SELF

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF
Band Jazz Punk


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11:17 (self-titled) [2011]
Home EP [2010]



11:17's debut full length, which the band is set to self-release in March 2012, expands on the promise of their self-titled demo: Jazzy chord structures and syncopated rhythms in the vein of Aloha, sleek lead lines that evoke early Costello, and narrative lyricism lush with vivid images to tie it all together. From "Love Drunk Descent," a peek into the breaking point of a relationship plagued by substance abuse and religious conflict, to "Red Wine," an energized romp set to a backdrop of Japanese coastlines and cherry blossoms, 11:17 permeates their careully crafted songs with stark, gut-wrenching storylines on par with those of contemporary masters like Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon.

Alex Daniel started 11:17 as a solo project in 2004, performing around Texas through 2006. He spent those years and the few after that drinking whiskey and recording layered acoustic home demos.

After the laptop with the source tracks for those demos was stolen, Alex posted an ad on craigslist looking for musicians to help him flesh out the old tunes and craft some new ones. Trevor Mason, a childhood friend who happened to have recently moved to Austin, saw the ad and jumped on board. Dago Garcia, a college buddy, soon followed and recruited Tim Shin, the best friend/bassist/vocalist from his former band.