Man… when I got this, I was hoping it would be the same band that released Lp on Doghouse, back in the mid-1990’s. It isn’t. Nevertheless, this Eleven Eleven is pretty good too, so I’m not overly disappointed.
Head is a pastiche of Cure-esque guitars and keyboards, pre-Kid A Radiohead song structures and the occasional nod to My Bloody Valentine. The vocalist is a cross between the singer from Remy Zero and Michael Stipe… really!
The majority of the music on Head is solid, late ’80s/early ’90s guitar driven post-punk, with classics like “Unlovable” leading the way. This song features very REM-ish guitars, with a Wish-era Cure guitar solo. The drums are up-tempo and pounding, as the vocalist croons his heart out.
This album was my first taste of this Eleven Eleven, and while I prefer the one which spawned the Shipping News, I’m quite glad that I got to hear Head .
Eleven Eleven: www.eleveneleven.com