Area 11 (band)

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Area 11
Origin Nottingham, England
Genres Pop punk, electronic rock, alternative rock, gaijin rock
Years active 2010-present
Labels Smihilism Records, Yogscast Studios, Breaking the Boredom
Associated acts My Vitriol, Beckii Cruel, Ghost Cassette, Teasing Demons, Last Constellation, Bloodguard, Superpowerless, Enter Shikari
Website http://www.area11.band/
Members Tom Clarke (Sparkles*), Alex Parvis (Parv), Jonathan Kogan (Kogie), Leo Taylor
Past members Luke Owens, Tim Yearsley

Area 11 is a gaijin rock band from Nottingham, England.The band currently consists of four members; Thomas "Sparkles*" Clarke, Alex Parvis, Jonathan Kogan and Leo Taylor. To date, they have released a number of singles, two EPs, and a studio album.

They describe their style as being 'gaijin rock' as they draw influences from Japanese culture, music and manga comics.

Biography[edit]

Area 11 consists of Sparkles*, Alex Parvis, Jonathan Kogan, and Leo Taylor. They formed in 2010 in Nottingham during what was described by band frontman Sparkles* as a "disastrous jam session".[1] Founding members Sparkles*, Luke, and Alex then discovered their shared love of anime whilst watching Code Geass episode 22 "Blood Stained Euphy", from which they wrote their first song, Euphemia.

In 2012, the band was discovered by UK YouTube broadcasting group The Yogscast. Band members Sparkles* and Alex Parvis were subsequently employed by the Yogscast as audio/video producers, and parts of their songs Euphemia and Vectors are used during and at the end of the Yogscast's content. The band was signed to the Yogscast Studios record label, which was run by Sparkles* before his departure in 2014 where they formed their own label, Smihilism Records. They were later commissioned by Namco Bandai Games to compose the song "GO!! Fighting Action Power" as the credits theme for their Bravoman web-series on ShiftyLook, and later "Wonder Wars" as the theme song for the Wonder Momo anime series.[2] Sparkles* left The Yogscast in 2014

The name "Area 11" is a reference to the anime Code Geass, as Japan is referred to as Area 11 in the series, with its citizens referred to as Elevens, a name which has come to collectively describe Area 11 fans.

The majority of Area 11's songs from their earlier records are based on various anime, including Code Geass, Death Note, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Naruto, Elfen Lied, Bakuman and others. Other tracks are based off video games such as Minecraft.

The band's début album: All The Lights In The Sky gained them a cult following that has since allowed them to embark upon numerous sell-out tours in small to medium sized venues throughout the UK, and has since sold around 13,000 copies worldwide.

Genre[edit]

The band have dubbed their unique genre and style of music "Gaijin-Rock", a tongue-in-cheek phrase that translates from Japanese to English as "foreigner-rock". Their songs are based around Western rock and pop traditions, however they take influence from East Asian culture; in particular, they heavily referenced popular Japanese anime and manga most prominently in their debut album, All the Lights in the Sky.[1] Their later music commonly blends heavy metal guitar riffs with a wide range of synthesizers and electronic effects.

Concert tours[edit]

  • Zero Tour (2011)
  • Ichi Tour (2014)
  • Ni Tour (2014)
  • San Tour (with Vukovi) (2015)
  • Versus Winter Tour (with Myth City) (2015)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Details Peak Chart Positions
UK
[3]
UK
Rock
UK
Indie
UK
Breakers
US
Heatseekers
US
Indie
2013 All The Lights In The Sky 75 10 10 2
[4]
11 42
2014 All The Lights In The Sky 「COMPLETE」 _ _ _ _ 24 _
2016 Album 2 (tentative title)
  • Released: Late May/Early June 2016
    [5]
  • Label: Smihilism Records
  • Format: Download/CD
_ _ _ _ _ _
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Extended Plays[edit]

Title EP details
Blackline
  • Released: 3 September 2011
  • Label: Breaking The Boredom
  • Format: CD/Download
Blackline「COMPLETE」
Underline
  • Released: 2 November 2014
  • Label: Smihilism Records
  • Format: CD/Download

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak Chart Positions
UK
[4]
UK
Indie
UK
Breakers
2012 Knightmare/Frame
2012 Minecraft Christmas 69
[6]
7
[7]
3
[8]
2013 Shi No Barado (featuring Beckii Cruel) 115[9] 12 1[10]
2013 GO!! Fighting Action Power 12
2013 Heaven-Piercing Giga Drill
2014 Homunculus
2015 Override [B]
2015 Versus
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Members[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Tom 'Sparkles*' Clarke - Lead Vocals, Keytar, Keyboard, Acoustic Guitar
  • Alex 'Parv' Parvis - Guitar
  • Jonathan 'Kogie' Kogan - Bass, Saxophone, Tambourine
  • Leo Taylor - Drums

Past members[edit]

  • Luke Owens – Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Tim Yearsley – Bass

References[edit]