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Eleven Fifty Seven Bio:
What is Eleven Fifty Seven? It’s more than just a time. More than just three minutes ‘til midnight. It is a revolution, no, a resolution! A resolution to the dynamic empire that is punk rock music. E.F.S. is one of Southern California’s uprising bands that display an enthusiastic love for playing music, connecting with their fan base, and building quality friendships.
You could say success comes from trial and error. That is, discovering what does or does not work. Is it making the best of the utilities at hand? Or is it that you determine your strengths and weaknesses and find a way to evolve into a primarily productive unit? E.F.S. has created an optimistic sound that generates a euphoric harmony.
Former band-mates Mike Metro and Ben Leonard came together with the idea to create an unprecedented sound and, with the addition of Jerad Shepherd, are able to develop into future pioneers of musical fusion. Front man, Mike Metro says, “I’m optimistic with the direction we’re headed towards. I think we’ve brought together key pieces to make this thing work.” He’s right. E.F.S. has already generated an EP album, and is in the midst of having their work re-mixed and mastered and are currently working on their newest full length album, dubbed "Evolve" which they are set to release in late-August, 2010.
Drummer Ben “Ben-Jammin” Leonard says, “I’ve never had more fun developing not only myself, but each other as musicians. We’re able to connect on a musical level that allows us to be creative and original.” Their upbeat atmosphere is fueled from challenging each other to perform to the best of their capabilities and joking around in order to maintain a positive environment.
Bass player Jerad Shepherd comes to us with over 20 years experience as a musician, writer and bass player. His humble beginnings as a bass player started with his church’s youth band and exploded from there. He spent 5 years with his So. Cal speed/thrash metal band Opposition. After Opposition disbanded, he spent another 3 years with Social Outcast, a So. Cal-based progressive-metal band with influences of Dream Theater and Rage Against the Machine. Jerad co-wrote all of Social Outcast’s songs.
Since then, Jerad has spent most of his time focused on raising a family, but has picked up small gigs here and there just to stay sharp. He’s ready now to step back into the fray with E.F.S. and help take them to the next level. When asked about getting back to playing full-time again, Shepherd said, “I’ve spent a lot of time playing other people’s music over the last few years. I’m chomping at the bit to start writing and performing original songs again. It’s been way too long!”
Eleven Fifty Seven is on the rise to optimistic success. They’ve established their musical career, developed an original sound, and are aiming much higher on the musical totem pole. They’re making their mark. The time is now. The time is Eleven Fifty Seven.
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