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June? June?!? 2014????

Wow, the last update on the progress of our second album – the follow up to Escapism – was a long time ago. A loooooong time ago. Shockingly long! Anyway, I sit here typing on my phone, getting over the early exit from the World Cup, and I think to myself ‘I must update the site’. But with what? Well, ‘anything’ is the answer I suppose!

No, the album is coming on incredibly well. Bill and I are excited about unleashing it… but we’ve still got some way to go. When you finally hear it you’ll understand why it’s taken so long. Hopefully.

So, on that positive note I’ll leave you all to it. I have a bowl of Crunchy Nut Cornflakes with my name on it.


Spoilers (ribbit)

One of the tracks on our upcoming album is built around the sound this frog makes. I thought it was a pretty unique instrument, but turns out it’s just a form of guiro. Still, it’s not a run-of-the-mill instrument to base a song upon. We’re still working on the new album but the pieces are beginning to fall into place. It’s going to be a classic, ‘listen with headphones in a darkened room’ album. If ‘the album’ is indeed in its dying throes, as reported in the news this week, then ‘The Only Way Out is Through’ is going to be delivered kicking and screaming. In any case, The Eleventh Hour Initiative is currently committed to the album as a means to deliver music. When you hear the new one you’ll understand why the music we’re making needs to be made the way we’re making it. Until then, try and imagine some music alongside the sound of the frog’s back being stroked and his head being stoved in.


The Wooden Frog

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We’re using some strange instruments on the new album. My favorite is the wooden frog!

Posted from my mobile phone!


Progress Report #1

Well, it has been a fair while since we’ve published any ‘News’ on our site.  We are currently beavering away on the second TEHI album.  We have already spilled the beans on the name “The Only Way Out is Through“, but we are remaining tight-lipped on the content!  I just wanted to say that, so far, we are really pleased with the progress we are making.  The music is sounding sublime, and Bill is excelling himself with the lyrics.  While it is a cliche to say things are a journey (“He’s been on a journey!” – when he’s just spent a few days in the Big Brother house, or sold a few milkshakes on the Apprentice) … this album will be a journey.  Believe me.  Believe us.

As I always type when I end these things – YOU’VE GOT TO CHECK OUT OUR PREVIOUS RELEASES, PRIMARILY THE SUPERB DEBUT ALBUM “ESCAPISM“. /ends shouting.


Feast For The Eyes

We’re excited to have our music featured in a promo for the great Noyes Museum in Oceanside, NJ


Escapism


Happy New Year!!!

Thanks to all TEHI fans wherever you may be!  Here’s to 2013!!!  (It’s gonna be a good year!)


“Hello” from New York City #3


From Shipwreck to Shore

Can a song ever be too pirate-y?

Can a song ever be too pirate-y?


Escapism is available on CD!

Buy Escapism on CD now!


Eye of the Tiger

I would so love to be one of those people who can truly ‘do’ an accent.  You know?  Really pull it off.  Unfortunately I struggle.  I’m reasonably confident with my own accent… but my inability to get into the mindset of someone from a different locale really hinders my impression work.  I bang on about this a lot… but I suggest you watch a BBC series called ‘The Trip’ if you haven’t already.  In any case… I have now called upon my partner in Eleventh Hour crime, Mr Bill Ryan, to give me some lessons.  Here are the early results:

(perhaps pour yourself a strong drink now!)


Back to Nature

Bill has serious talent when it comes to making beauty come to life in your head.  He has an innate ability to place vivid imagery directly into your subconscious mind – a master of words and emotions… expressions leading to pictures that will stay with you forever.  … and Emrys can scratch good tree.


The Future of Rock n’ Roll

So… in the relatively short history of the Eleventh Hour Initiative it has been a pretty eventful month.  Most importantly, Bill and I have finally met.  For so long the hook of “The Band that Have Never Met”tm hung around our collective neck – not quite like an albatross, but certainly the most ‘quotable’ fact.  That this ‘promotional gem’ no longer exists is a blessing.  As a band we are, and have always been, much more than “The Band that Have Never Met”tm!

Now we can get on with business.  We have to prove that we were not only the best band to have never met… but also that we are one of the best bands in the world full stop. (or period).  Not that we would ever ‘claim’ to be the best band in the world!  Ha ha!  We’ll leave that to the Liam Gallaghers, the chancers and the star-gazers.  As the Eleventh Hour Initiative it is for Bill and I to convince the world at large that we have a reason for being.  A unique selling point – or any other advertising jargon you can muster.  With Escapism I think we have already proved that we can release a decent (fantastic) album.  In fact it’s an album that champions the cause of “The Album”.  The dying album.  /wipes tears from face.

Bill and I have a plan.  The end result will be a project that will cause a stir.  The smoke and mirrors of the Trans-Atlantic partnership are gone.  We continue to make music across two continents – which is still a big deal – but we no longer have to stand in the obelisk’s shadow.  We will endeavour to produce the best music that we can and we are more excited than ever before with what we are achieving.  We look forward to larger scale releases and greater demand from the record buying public!  Ha ha!  Seriously… we are creating sounds that will prick your ears and make you re-evaluate your lives.  I look forward to polishing the trophies. ;-)


BILL AND EMRYS FINALLY MEET!!!

8000 miles and a bottle of the finest Jack Daniels later… mission accomplished.  The Eleventh Hour Initiative is more than just an internet sensation.  Argo City has been reunited with the Omegahedron.


Listen to ‘From Shipwreck to Shore’ on NME.com

http://www.nme.com/nme-video/youtube/id/j7l88SZqSFA


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The Suddenly Kate Show

A review of our debut album, Escapism, on “The Suddenly Kate Show“.  We particularly like the love dished out to the opening and closing tracks of the album.  Often neglected, we’ve always had a soft spot for Try and Get Some Sleep and When the Start Begins.


Live performance of ‘Working Class Hero’


NCBRadio Station Ident (OUTTAKES)

How hard could it be?


‘Escapism’ by TEHI

I set myself the task of writing and recording a promotional video in ten minutes.  I pretty much did it… maybe a couple of minutes into extra time!  The moral of the story is still the same.  Although TEHI is moving on to the recording of what will be a gargantuan second album… the first, ‘Escapism‘ still needs to be heard by the masses.  You can play a small part in the history of this band by downloading it and, hopefully, enjoying it!


In the Studio

Having a blast working on some new material.  However, that doesn’t mean you should forget about our debut album – “Escapism“.  If you still hold the concept of the ‘album’ dear to your heart then you’ve got to download “Escapism“.  It is our love letter to the age of buying a CD on release day.  Getting it home and listening to a whole raft of new songs by your favourite band.  Not just a single song… skip track… move on.  “Escapism” is a 14 song adventure.  “Escapism” is, in a way, the story of our lives.  Bill and I proudly present “Escapism“… still available for only $5 here: http://theeleventhhourinitiative.bandcamp.com/album/escapism … alternatively, if you’d rather use Amazon or iTunes then go ahead… we’re available there too!


Beneath Everything

We recently had a great time being interviewed by Mr Ronnie Rucker for Hawaiian TV!!!

Check out Ronnie’s website here: http://beneatheverythingradio.squarespace.com/fyd/2012/9/24/neighborhood-watch-tehiband.html


Indie Dunes


The latest from TEHI


Reminiscing will be the death of me

I’ve been revamping the site… a little lick of paint here and there.  Changed a few things around.  To buy our album, Escapism, just click the menu at the top of the screen.

I clicked on it myself… and I found myself listening to the whole album.  Kind of lost myself.  My conclusion is that it is an outstanding piece of work.  I know I “would say that wouldn’t I?”… but it is honestly an impressive collection of songs.  In fact it is probably the best, most concise thing I have ever done.

I want to take this opportunity to remind you of the album.  It has been a long while since its release… but we have not yet finished with it.  There is still promotion to be done.  We do not have the machine behind us!

In the meantime, listen to Life Will Be the Death of Me.  It blew my socks off!!!


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