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|
Eleventyseven (stylized eleventyseven) is an American Christian punk 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 was originally signed to Flicker Records and released two albums with the label that charted on Christian music charts. After an independent streak, the band signed on to Sony Japan before returning to an independent status a year later. They continued to tour, self produce and release music independently until disbanding in September, 2014. On November 25, 2016, they announced via social media that they have come back together to record a new album.
Early years (2002–2009)
Group members Matt Langston and Caleb Satterfield first played together in a church group from Laurens, South Carolina. The duo originally went under the moniker Protective Custody during the group's initial infancy. After adding drummer Johnathan Stephens and renaming themselves Eleventyseven, the band began by playing shows in their hometown when they were in high school, with their first real show being a local True Love Waits rally. The band went on to release a five-song demo EP at The Jam Room in Columbia, South Carolina and then met music producer Ricky Rodriguez after playing a local See You at the Pole event. With Rodriguez, the band released an independent full-length album, The Happiest Day of My Death. After the band self-released the album and EP and a few years time, Rodriguez was able to catch the attention of Flicker Records founders Mark Stuart and Will McGinniss (of Audio Adrenaline).
In 2005, after getting a record deal offer from Flicker, the band embarked on their first tour, the Extreme Tour, with a handful of various other Christian artists. After leaving the tour early, Eleventyseven was signed and accepted to Flicker Records. In early 2006, the band joined Superchick on their "This is Your Anthem" tour, along with Seventh Day Slumber.
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. A month prior to the album's release, Flicker Records was bought by Provident Label Group, a Sony/BMG subsidiary.
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 later 2007, the song "How It Feels (To Be With You)" and the band's newly released 2007 Christmas single "Christmas Magice is Here" appeared on Radio Disney. In Japan, the album saw fair commercial success and Eleventyseven went over to perform at Punkspring '08 in Tokyo. The festival headliners included other bands such as New Found Glory, Zebrahead, Rancid, 311, Angels & Airwaves, and Allister.
Sometime in 2008, after multiple and repeated struggles with management, Eleventyseven was dropped from Flicker Records, along with multiple other artists at the time. In 2009, after a potential label deal with Gotee Records did not consolidate, the band independently released their third album Adventures in Eville. TobyMac performed at the CD release party for the album. Sony BMG proceeded to release the album internationally in Japan and the band made another venture over to play in Punkspring '10.
In October 2009, Eleventyseven released a Halloween-based single, "Flashlight (The Cullen Song)". The song was themed as a satirical parody based on the 2008 film Twilight, and more specifically, the main character of Edward Cullen. The single was eventually pulled from the iTunes Store but is still available to be listened to on the band's official YouTube channel.
In mid-2010, bassist Caleb Satterfield decided to leave the band to focus on his marriage and lead a life away from touring. He was replaced by Davey Davenport, who had filled in as lead guitar for a time in 2009 after lead singer Matt Langston had an accident in which he crushed his thumb.
Eleventyseven released their first EP, Quota, 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.
EP string (2012–2013)
In mid-2012, the band segued from their normal sound and composed a folk EP, 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, "Tis So Sweet (To Trust in Jesus)". On the 10th, as expected, the EP debuted in the iTunes Store. 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.
On September 26, 2014, after a few years of EP releases and no touring, Eleventyseven officially disbanded. Lead singer Matt Langston wrote a farewell statement on the band's official Facebook page stating where all the members were at this time and what they are planning to be working on in the near future.
At this time, Matt Langston plans to fully invest in his solo career as The Jellyrox. Bassist Davey Davenport has started a new band: the Revelry. Finally, drummer Johnathan Stephens has started a family.
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 Star Wars. 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."
Lead singer Matt Langston has also formed an electropop solo project called The Jellyrox. The act first appeared in the form of remixes for 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 two full-length albums (Heta Himlen and Bang & Whimper), two EPs (The Jellyrox EP and Embellish), and a few singles.
The Fast Feeling
In 2016, Matt Langston joined Five Iron Frenzy founding members Leanor Ortega Till (also known as "Jeff the Girl"), Scott Kerr, and Andrew Verdecchio to create a power pop EDM band entitled The Fast Feeling. In August, the band opened an Indiegogo campaign to fund their first full-length album Pulses. After successfully getting the campaign fully funded, the album debuted on January 13, 2017.
Langston provides harmonizing vocals, synth, and guitar to the project, as well as being one of its producers.
Best Friend Fight
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." In 2016, Best Friend Fight remixed the song "Enough" off The Jellyrox's album Bang & Whimper.
- Matt Langston - lead vocals, guitar, keyboard, synths/programming (2002–2014, 2016–present)
- Jonathan Stephens - drums, backing vocals (2002–2014, 2016–present)
- Davey Davenport - bass, keyboard, backing vocals (2010–2014, 2016–present)
- 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"||non-album track|
|2009||"Evil Genius"||Adventures in Eville|
|"Cody's Song"||non-album track|
|"Flashlight (The Cullen Song)"||non-album track|
|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|
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