Post-rock Los Angeles band El-Ten Eleven has gone through the unfortunate experience of having their gear ripped off ... and not just stolen but stolen just as they were headed out on tour. The band will still tour and is looking for any information on the list of things below, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call David Swartz at 303-434-1910.
They're just rushed the launch of their already scheduled album Transitions Remixed, and as much this could be seen as a cynical PR stunt it very likely is not. The remix album includes work from Com Truise, Slow Magic, Max Tundra, D33J, Amp Live (of Zion I), Steed Lord and more. Album sales will now go to replacing their equipment. You can buy it here.
Stolen gear includes "The stolen items include one of bassist/guitarist Kristian Dunn's prized Carvin doubleneck bass/guitars, his Wal fretless bass, two pedal boards filled with dozens of looping and effects pedals, and most of drummer Tim Fogarty's drum kit, including his rototoms, cymbals, kick pedal, all of his electronic drum equipment and bass head. " Check out a full list of stolen equipment here.
They took to Facebook with this message: "Today our road manager parked my car that was full of our gear outside of our rehearsal studio, went inside to get the room ready and came back out a half hour later to find almost all of the gear stolen. It happened in broad daylight at 3pm on a very busy street.
Kristian's double neck, fretless Wal bass, both pedal boards, and basically Tim's entire drum kit (rototoms, cymbals, snare, kick pedal, all of his electronic drum equipment, and bass head) were stolen.
We are really, really screwed. Our tour is supposed to start in three days.
As you probably know, we are the hardest working band in show business and will do anything we can to still do the tour. We are utilizing every resource we can think of to get gear.
We are going to release our remix album next week but we are going to put one of the songs up for sale right now to raise some funds. If you have extra money and can donate to our cause, we would be unbelievably grateful.
This is sort of an emergency Kickstarter type of thing, but we aren't going to use Kickstarter because it takes too long, the campaign has to be approved, we have to meet a goal, etc. Instead, we're just gonna put the song up on Bandcamp and let you pay what you want for it. If you have extra money and can donate to our cause, we would be unbelievably grateful.
We hate begging for money. That's why we're offering a download. We want you to get at least something. But the truth is we need your help. If you enjoy our music and/or our shows and can afford to, please help us get back on the road! We are desperate.
If you can't afford to spend any money but want to help, please spread the word. Especially if you are in Southern California. This gear is unique. There are very few Carvin double necks, Wal basses or roto toms out there. We'll be watching the pawn shops, ebay and Craigslist like hawks. Maybe you can, too.
Also, the two A-holes who took the stuff apparently are Latino, in their 20's and of average build. That's about all we got from one witness.
Again, please know how much we hate asking for money, but if every person who liked us on Facebook just gave one buck, we could really start rebuilding our set up.
Thank you so much for your time. You can't imagine how grateful Tim and I are at the support you've given us over the years. We still can't believe you like us!
Thank you, thank you.