Matt Langston (vocals/guitars),
Caleb Satterfield (bass guitars),
Jonathon Stephens (drums).
In The Land of Fake Believe.
September 12, 2006.
You'll Like 'Em If You Like:
Relient K, Hawk Nelson, Blink-182.
Eleventyseven on eleventyseven in Five Words or Less:
Save the Unicorns.
If you're an emo fan, read no further. eleventyseven isn't about whiney music that laments about everything wrong in life. "We're about encouraging people, writing fun poppy music kind of counteract the emo and goth crap that's coming out now," says lead singer Matt Langston. "There's just so much to enjoy in life [that] we want to be encouraging." And with playful, youth-centric tunes like "Nostalgiatopia" and "MySpace," this Greenville, South Carolina trio is doing just that. "[When I was younger,] I cared way too much about what everyone else thought," Matt says. "All I had to do was care about being who I was and who I was meant to be, just like everybody else saw themselves losers." That philosophy has gotten Matt and his bandmates pretty far -- they're getting radio and video airplay across the country! Learn more about Matt and the band that defies the numerical system.
You've got a pretty weird name. What is "eleventyseven"?
We don't take ourselves seriously, hence the name. You should've seen some of the name we thought of [when we were trying to name the band] -- I think one was When Grandmothers Attack. They were just completely off-the-wall, stupid names that would have landed us nowhere. (Not to say eleventyseven is better than that.) But for whatever reason, it seemed to sum up what we were about at the time and the fact that's it's not a real number. I'm pretty sure at the time we were like, "Let's make fun bands for having numbers in their name."
Is it true that you weren't allowed to listen to rock music when you were a kid?
My parents came from that background that [thought] rock music was the devil. In all honesty, it's just music. It's a form of expression -- some people express negative feelings and other people express positive things. So I would sneak rock records like Weezer into my house to listen to. I just thought they were awesome. My favorite part of growing up was probably music -- learning to play music and listening to music. I didn't have a lot of friends growing up because I went to a private school and I never really fit in with anybody there. Music was kind of my escape.
Do your parents support your being a rockstar now?
It took them a long time to get to the point they're at now, but they're definitely supportive of me. I think now we've experienced radio success and were on MTV U, they're kind of catching on to the fact that we have drive and ambition to make something out of eleventyseven. When they get to participate and see the product of that, it's really cool.