Eleventyseven performing a free concert at Lakeside Christian Camp in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
|Origin||Laurens, South Carolina, US|
|Genres||Christian rock, synthpop, pop punk|
|Labels||Flicker, Sony Japan|
|Associated acts||The Jellyrox|
|Past members||Caleb Satterfield|
Eleventyseven is an American Christian rock band from Greenville, South Carolina which was formed in 2002. They chose the name "Eleventyseven" because "it's the one that looked cool the next morning". The band is currently signed to Sony Japan. It previously released two albums on Flicker Records that charted on Christian music charts. They continue to tour, self produce and release music independently.
Group members Matt Langston and Caleb Satterfield first played together in a church group from Greenville, South Carolina. After adding drummer Johnathan Stephens, the band began by playing shows in their hometown when they were in high school. They self-released a full-length album and several EPs, which caught the attention of Flicker Records, a Sony/BMG subsidiary distributed through Provident Label Group.
Their major-label debut, And the Land of Fake Believe, was released on May 16, 2006 to mixed reviews. Following the release of the album, the group appeared at Shoutfest '06, gained exposure on MTVU and had success at Christian rock radio with the single "MySpace"; their profile on said website became very popular as a result. Their single "More Than A Revolution" reached the Top 5 in ChristianRock.Net's weekly Top 30, and No. 28 in their annual Top 100, as well as topping the Radio & Records Christian Rock charts.
After an appearance on The Logan Show on November 25, 2006, the group announced plans to tour the US in the early months of 2007. Galactic Conquest, their second album under Flicker, was released on September 4, 2007. The album peaked at No. 40 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart. The song "Love In Your Arms" was released as the band's first single for the record, making it as high as the No. 6 spot in ChristianRock.Net's weekly Top 30. The second song "It's Beautiful" also hit the Top 15, charting at No. 13 on the October 6, 2007 R&R chart. In 2009, the band independently released their third album, Adventures in Eville.
Eleventyseven released the Quota EP on April 1, 2011, followed by the album Sugarfist, their fourth studio album, on October 26, 2011 under Sony Japan. The album contained five out of the six tracks from the Quota EP plus six new original tracks. The Japanese edition of Sugarfist contained all six songs from Quota EP plus three more bonus tracks as well, making it in its entirety, a sixteen-track album.
In mid-2012, the band segued from their normal sound and composed a folk EP entitled Attack Of The Mountain Medley. The release dealt with subjects from Morminism to a humorous view of bumpkin trailer parks. Later that year, they returned to their usual synth-punk sound with the Christmas EP, Regifted, which was released November 2012. Eleventyseven also participated in Geki Fest 11 (Japan) with The Cab and The Summer Set.
In mid-2013, lead singer Matt Langston began to tweet about a new Eleventyseven EP that was planned to come out in the near future. Langston revealed the album cover and release date via Instagram on August 28. The EP was set for release on September 10, 2013. The next day, Matt Langston proceeded to post the first song off the EP, an electronic cover of the hymn "Turn Your Eyes," on Eleventyseven's SoundCloud account. The band proceeded to rename the posted hymn, "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus". Through the release of the song, Langston also revealed the EP was officially to be called Good Spells. On September 1, Matt Langston posted on his Jellyrox blog about why the EP was being created. The band proceeded to release a second hymn, "Come Thou Fount," on September 3. This release was followed five days later by a third hymn entitled "Tis So Sweet (To Trust In Jesus)". On the 10th, as expected, the EP debuted on iTunes. Later, the same day of the release, Matt Langston posted a "press release" of sorts on his Tumblr blog. The post dealt with the new EP, as well as the band's role in Christian music in general.
Musical and lyrical themes
The group has garnered comparisons to groups such as Motion City Soundtrack and The Faint. They make frequent references to recent popular culture, such as Conan O'Brien, and both their music and lyrics have stylistic similarities to third-wave emo popular in the 2000s. They are commonly coupled with other Christian punk artists from their genre, such as Relient K, Stellar Kart, Hawk Nelson, and Philmont.
The band has sought to infuse the music with hope rather than maintain the themes of sadness and grief common to this music. Lead singer Matt Langston has said, "You get tired of being yelled at, hearing the same parallels drawn in every song... Knives. Night. Pain. Winter. We have been put here to enjoy the blessings in life, not cry about the curse of our self-inflicted pain. We want to push people past their feelings, passions, and experiences...past their circumstances to see the big picture of God's creation. We want people to feel what He has done for us and wear a smile when they leave our concerts."
- Current members
- Matt Langston - lead vocals, guitar, synths/programming (2002–present)
- Jonathan Stephens - drums, backing vocals (2002–present)
- Davey Davenport - bass, backing vocals (2010–present)
- Former members
- Caleb Satterfield - bass, backing vocals (2002–2010)
|2006||And the Land of Fake Believe||Flicker Records|
|2007||Galactic Conquest||Flicker Records|
|2009||Adventures in Eville||Independent|
|2012||Attack of the Mountain Medley|
|2006||More Than A Revolution||And the Land of Fake Believe||Flicker Records|
|It's Beautiful||Galactic Conquest|
|Love In Your Arms|
|Christmas Magic is Here||(None)|
|2009||Evil Genius||Adventures in Eville|
|Trying||Adventures in Eville|
|Flashlight (The Cullen Song)||(None)|
|2011||Book of Secrets||Quota||Sony Japan|
|2006||MySpace||And the Land of Fake Believe||Flicker Records||YouTube Go|
|2007||Love In Your Arms||Galactic Conquest||Flicker Records||YouTube Go|
|2009||Evil Genius||Adventures in Eville||Independent||YouTube Go|
|2011||Quota||Quota , Sugarfist||Independent||YouTube Go|
Lead singer Matt Langston also formed a more strongly electronic solo project called The Jellyrox. The Jellyrox first appeared as remixes of several Eleventyseven songs, beginning with "Evil Genius (The Jellyrox remix)," which was released as part of Eleventyseven's 2009 album, Adventures in Eville. The project has currently released one full-length album (Heta Himlen), two EPs (The Jellyrox EP and Embellish), and a few singles.
Langston also teamed up with Rob Johnson of The Switch Kids to form a small side-project called Best Friend Fight which officially released one song, "Walking Dead Apocalypse." The single also had a music video which was published via YouTube on August 29, 2010. A song called "Fancy" was also released as well as a leaked song entitled "Time Machine."
- Experience thrills crowd
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