Review: Eleventyseven – Quota EP
March 28, 2011Posted by on
Released April 1st 2011
Reviewed By Tyler Hess
The way the music industry has been going over the last few years, with all the uncertainty, it is always a wonder how resilient a band might be in the hard times. Having a record label basically shut down on them, the trio of Eleventyseven had already gone with an independent release for their third album, Adventures In Eville, but now they took another step forward in the evolution of music production. Having paved the way to a legitimate fanbase, Eleventyseven took the kickstarter approach to funding their latest music endeavor.
Quota is a naturally matured progression of the band that started off as a pop punk group turned electronic pop, taking that sound and simply making it better. Quota starts off with a song of heartbreak, “Don’t Want To Fall”, which simply describes the lack of desire to fall in love again after the disaster of a prior attempt. “College Girls” is like The Rocket Summer existing in the 80’s pop scene in an attempt to get guys to treat them right. The electronic edge takes its biggest leap in “Divers In A Hurricane”, a song about diverging paths of friends that make different decisions regarding their spiritual lives. “Book of Secrets” is up next, following the same theme of heavy electronic keys, while looking at hypocrisy and openness. The EP if finalized with the title track, with “Quota” taking the old route of comparing their rock n roll lives with being tied down with the status quo jobs that can be found in corporate life.
What you see is what you get with Eleventyseven, as their sound has been more defined than anything, as they’ve decided for sure who they are and what they want to do. The result is a collection of solid tunes that make for a good time, somewhere in between early Relient K and Philmont, right where they’ve been for the past two albums. Matt Langston’s vocals have matured a little bit and the band has tightened their sound enough to call the Quota EP an improvement, just not really all that different, it’s simply fun pop rock.
- Don’t Want To Fall
- College Girls
- Divers In A Hurricane
- Book of Secrets