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Q&A: El Ten Eleven’s Kristian Dunn

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Los Angeles based post-rock duo El Ten Eleven is coming out to Rose Music Hall on Thursday, September 28. The band came together in 2002 and have been crafting captivating melodies ever since. Although they are primarily known as an instrumental act, their latest release, Unusable Love, features vocals from Emile Mosseri of The Dig. I interviewed bassist/guitarist Kristian Dunn about tour life and their recent collaboration with Mosseri.

Tickets for the show are $12 in advance and $15 day of show. Doors open at 7 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m. Be sure to get there early to grab a beer and see supporting act Sego.

How’s the tour going so far?

Fantastic. This is a smaller market tour so the shows are smaller than when we play NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, etc. But our fans are passionate and smart and that’s always a pleasure for us to experience.

After 15 years of instrumental music, what inspired you guys to incorporate vocals in your latest project Unusable Love?

We’ve actually wanted to have guest vocals for years, but nobody seemed to want to do it! It was really surprising to us how many people would express interest and then flake.

What was working with Emile Mosseri like? How did the creative process for Unusable Love compare to previous albums?

It was so great working with him. We were really on the same page 90 percent of the time. I loved almost all of his suggestions, not to mention his lyrics and melodies!

Can listeners expect more collaborations with Mosseri or other vocalists in the future?

Absolutely. We’ve got almost half a dozen different people lined up. Who knows how many of them will make it to the finish line, but we make an effort with everyone.

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