When Dorothy & Co. finally uncovered the booming voice behind the curtain, they were dumbfounded to find one single scrawny old man who called himself Oz. With the advent of loop pedals and delay effects, uncovering the mystery of the band behind the curtain, with only our ears to guide us, has become increasingly difficult. Listening to the high-energy instrumental Yellow Bridges, you could almost assure yourself that there is at least the standard four-piece band involved. Armed only with guitar and percussion, and using the aforementioned effects, LA natives El Ten Eleven join power indie pairs like the Black Keys and Ratatat.
Inspired by the yellow bridges near drummer Tim Fogarty’s hometown of Pittsburgh, melodic twists and rhythmic turns make this an adventurous cinematic escapade of a song. Though every good adventure needs a momentary rest, which comes in the form of a head-nodding hip hop breakdown. Talented guitarist Kristian Dunn also throws his own playful riffs into the mix, playing lively tour guide to Fogarty’s percussion vessel. Using the loop pedals to their advantage, each member is like a group within the group. Fogarty will often have an acoustic drumset as well as an electric drumpad or an 808 by his side, while Dunn meshes electric guitar with a doubleneck or fretless bass. Their daredevil chemistry doesn’t only exist in the way they musically converse with one another, but in the blending of their own respective instruments.
Enjoy Yellow Bridges to its fullest, and be on the lookout for their fifth studio album Transitions to drop November 6.