“Taking the name from blues parlance for a year long prison term, Eleven Twenty-Nine create a devilish pact of pulsating, impressionistic sound, keeping one foot solidly in the soul and depth of blues while the other is planted firmly in an enigmatic free improv rock.” -- Northern Spy Records
Eleven Twenty-Nine -- Tom Carter and Marc Orleans on guitar and Michael Evans on drums -- are masters of incendiary free rock, drawing on lineage that includes but is definitely not limited to Charalambides, Sunburned Hand of the Man, and God Is My Co-Pilot.
Eleven Twenty-Nine’s second full-length album A Tithe To Hell explores far darker and heavier improvisational worlds than their Northern Spy debut. Charting hidden infernos of sounds with ostensibly ‘rock’ instrumentation, these three gifted musicians spill free-flowing sounds that sweep the listener into hermetic spaces outside of consensual genre boundaries. For lovers of Charalambides, Bardo Pond, Sunburned, and free music of all genres, A Tithe To Hell is an essential listen.
“Tom Carter has been a blues-damaged guitarist of extraordinary magnitude and magnanimous extremes. In addition to his solo work and Eleven Twenty-Nine, Carter remains an active co-creator of the Texas homebrew psych pioneers Charalambides and curator of his own label, Wholly-Other.” -- Northern Spy website
Carter continues to record and perform solo, when he’s not collaborating with some of the most groundbreaking musicians around, including (though not limited to) Bardo Pond, Loren Connors, Pat Murano, and Pete Swanson.
“Free-form psych veteran Marc Orleans has been the secret weapon behind some of the heaviest mumbo jumbo and dusted American cosmic-craziness to come out in the last decade and a half. Marc pioneered his twisted lines with Juneau, Enos Slaughter and the Sunburned Hand of the Man back at the end of the 20th century. Now, residing in Brooklyn, he plays steel guitar ninety hours a week.” -- Northern Spy website
Marc’s impeccable playing forms an integral part of projects ranging from D. Charles Speer to Catherin Irwin’s Little Heater. A regular bluegrass and old-time busker, Orleans can also frequently be found slinging steel guitar in honky-tonks across New York City.
“Michael Evans is an improvising drummer/percussionist/ thereminist/composer whose work investigates and embraces the collision of sound and theatrics. While his primary instrument is an unconventionally altered drum set, his work with unusual sound sources includes found objects, homemade instruments, the theremin and various digital and homemade analog electronics.” -- michaelevanssounds.com
With God Is My Co-Pilot, James Chance, Michael Gira, David Grubbs, and John Zorn, just to name a few, Michael Evans has worked with many of the most incredible and varied players in the New York underground.