Saturday’s “twitterview” with Eleven & the Falcons and MXArts

At noon this afternoon, A&E reporter Alli Marshall (using the @MXArts twitter handle) interviewed (“twitterviewed”) Mayor Prankster, Ali Maladi and Christian B. Church from Eleven & the Falcons (Twitter handle @ElevenFalcons. Ami Worthen from The Mad Tea Party also joined the discussion (Twitter handle @UkuleleRockstar).

Learn more about Eleven & the Falcons here and here and download their latest album, The Death Vine, here; the band plays Bobo Gallery next Sunday.

Thanks to all who participated; watch for future twitterviews on @MXArts.

MXArts: Getting ready for our twinterview with @ElevenFalcons in about 10 more minutes. #avlent

ElevenFalcons: Less than 10 minutes until our Twitterview with @MXArts starts. Follow us both for the full thing!

MXArts: While you’re waiting on the twinterview to start, check out this review of “Catching A Tiger” by Lissie: #avlent

MXNews: And now, it’s over to our own @alli_marshall (@mxarts) who will be interviewing@ElevenFalcons live on twitter. Alli?

MXArts: We’re about to go live with @ElevenFalcons. You can play their music here: #avlent

MXArts: Twitterview, twinterview… argh, the choices. Here’s another link to @ElevenFalcons: #avlent

MXArts: Thanks, @MXNews. Yep, we’re on with @ElevenFalcons. Eleven & the Falcons, you there?

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts don’t forget this one: (free music!) #avlent

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts hey, we’re all here. thanks for having us.

MXArts: @ElevenFalcons Sweet, let’s start by introducing you to our followers. Name & instrument?

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts C: I’m Christian, I play guitar, drums, sing, and computer
A: I’m Ali, I play drums, keys, sing, computer, and vibraslap.
M: Mayor Prankster, I play bass, sing, shaker shells

MXArts: @ElevenFalcons Nice to talk to you all. Ali, what is vibraslap? Sounds dangerous.

ElevenFalcons: have questions for us? tweet them now to get a live answer!

ElevenFalcolns: @mxarts Vibraslap:
@mxarts a vibraslap is that twangy rattling percussion instrument you hear in old westerns

MXArts: @ElevenFalcons How did your show @FirestormCafe go last night?
@ElevenFalcons: @mxarts we had a good turnout. @dep was amazing. we’re gonna play with him again.

MXArts: Listen to @dep: @ElevenFalcons: @mxarts we had a good turnout. @dep was amazing.
@ElevenFalcons How do you all describe your sound to folks who haven’t hear it?

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts first we say we don’t know. then we just say experimental pop so they’ll leave us alone. Haha
@mxarts trouble is our recorded sound is very different from our live sound. exp pop works for the records but the live stuff is more punk

MXArts: @ElevenFalcons So almost like having 2 bands! Is it nice to have both outlets or does it feel schitzophrenic?

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts a little. our goal is to merge them more eventually. we just lack the $ to buy the gear we need
@mxarts we do like the idea of having two different sounds so it’s more exciting to hear us live or listen to our albums.

MXArts: @ElevenFalcons So the necessary gear would make your live perf. more like your recorded? Or vice versa?

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts we’re working on adding more pedals and synths to our live show so it replicates what we do production-wise on the albums

MXNews: On now live @mxarts…an interview with indie-punk experimental pop twangy rattling percussion group @ElevenFalcons

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts A: I bought an Ensoniq ESQ synth but it’s in need of repair. So expect that to enter our live set soon
@mxarts C: I think we started as more of a recording project. that’s what we really love. so the albums are really experimental
@mxarts Mayor joined our duo a few years back in NYC and that’s what led the shift to more live material

Ukulelerockstar: @ElevenFalcons What would be your fantasy live show?

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts M: I agree with that. That’s why our next album will be in front of a live studio audience!
@mxarts C: we definitely like the energy of the live shows. that’s why our sound is a little more straight forward and punk

MXArts: We have a question! RT @ukulelerockstar: @ElevenFalcons What would be your fantasy live show?
@Michaelfmuller: @ukulelerockstar It would involve slings, leather, some masks and baseball bats. Oh…I’m sorry, that wasn’t directed to me.

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts our recorded stuff sends to be more layered and nuanced because it’s meant to be heard on headphones. we want people 2 pay attention
@mxarts @ukulelerockstar A: I would like to play with an animal audience, like in Bambi

Ukulelerockstar: @michaelfmuller Sounds lovely.

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts @ukulelerockstar M: opening for Bruce Springsteen in 1980 at Nassau Coliseum

Ukulelrockstar: @ElevenFalcons My puppy loves music! Can he come?

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts @ukulelerckstar M: I’m gonna be banished from the hip-squad now

UkuleleRockstar: @ElevenFalcons How do you think your music would go over with Bruce’s crowd>

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts @ukulelerockstar C: I’d like to play at Mayor’s banishing party at the Hip-Squad Headquarters

Ukulelerockstar: That would be a blessing! RT @ElevenFalcons: @mxarts @ukulelerckstar M: I’m gonna be banished from the hip-squad now

ElevenFalcons: @ukulelerockstar of course he can. we’ll give him a backstage pass

MXArts: Interetsting! Ever played for animals? RT @ElevenFalcons: @mxarts @ukulelerockstar A: I would like to play with an animal audience

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts @ukulelerockstar M: I think it would go over well with Bruce, but maybe not his crowd
@mxarts @ukulelerockstar M: it’d be like Prince opening for the Stones again

UkuleleRockstar: @ElevenFalcons What bands’ crowds do you think your music would resonate with?

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts @ukulelerockstar C: I agree with that. Maybe we could cover a Suicide song with Brucey

MXArts: @ElevenFalcons “The Boss” has such a varied fanbase, and its still growing. Plus, even Steve Earle has gotten into electronics on stage…

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts @ukulelerockstar ideally, Animal Collective, @Yip_Yip, Silver Apples, Wire, Velvet Underground, Vaselines
@mxarts @ukulelerockstar ideally, Animal Collective, @Yip_Yip, Silver Apples, Wire, Velvet Underground, Vaselines
@mxarts we play for our cat Voidoid a lot. also, our fans are all animals!
@mxarts M: but enough about Tony Danza

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts: yeah, I think those crowds are more supportive of innovation than one might think.

UkuleleRockstar: @ElevenFalcons When is your next local show?

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts A: I think most eclectic artists are always open to different genres.

MXArts: @ElevenFalcons Which brings me to my next question… electronica seems uncharted but in fact has been performed for decades (con’t)

UkuleleRockstar: @ElevenFalcons Also, what is the last song you wrote about?

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts C: for a guy who is the poster-child for heartland music, Bruce is actually a big fan of 70s electro-punks Suicide
@mxarts C: he even made a Suicide-esque song, “State Trooper” off of Nebraska

MXArts: @ElevenFalcons Why does electronica in music still seem experimental to us 30/40 years in, but we all embrace cell phones, etc. so fast?

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts @ukulelerockstar we play Root Bar tomorrow and BoBo Gallery next Sunday. check for all our dates!
@mxarts that’s a tough one to answer on Twitter. the elec sounds are infinite, and there’s always new things to be done

MXArts: RT @ElevenFalcons: we play Root Bar tomorrow and BoBo Gallery next Sunday. check for all our dates! #avlent

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts traditional instruments tend to fall into patterns and the musicians fall into ruts, elec music has a much larger range

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts i think even with cell phones it’s still basic concepts being utilized. I think elec music can still be so strange to people
@mxarts and most humans hate change and things different from what they’re used to. that’s why gay marriage is illegal

MXArts: @ElevenFalcons 140 characters is limiting…

UkuleleRockstar: @ElevenFalcons I disagree! It’s about the artist, not the instrument!
RE: RT @ElevenFalcons: @mxarts trad instruments tend to fall into patterns & the musicians fall into ruts, elec music has a larger range

ElevenFalcons: @ukulelerockstar our last song we wrote was about dancing and drugs. two themes we love to explore
@ukulelerockstar C: i agree. obviously non-elec music can be radical, but as far as people not liking elec music, i think it’s…
@mxarts @ukulelerockstar i think elec music from an early age was forced into the novelty realm and it’s been hard to escape that stigma
@mxarts yes, we could go on for hours about this.

UkuleleRockstar: @ElevenFalcons As a ukulele player, I understand being forced into the novelty realm.

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts we love all genres and explore more than just electronic music. i think it’s just more exciting to us because it’s been mined less
@ukulelerockstar haha. i think novelty can be artistic though, just like comedy, depends on execution.

MXArts: @ElevenFalcons re: novelty — thinking about Ray Lynch, how “Deep Breakfast” doesn’t seem to age. Was it novelty?

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts @ukulelerockstar we own a uke, have one on our album, and a uku band is opening for us next week at BoBo

UkuleleRockstar: @mxarts @ElevenFalcons The word novelty makes me crazy! It seems dismissive.

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts we’ve never heard that album! but i think Raymond Scott fits into that realm
@mxarts he made commercial music in the 50s, but it sounds so radical and experimental

UkuleleRockstar: Riding the ukulele love wave! RT @ElevenFalcons: @mxarts @ukulelerockstar we own a uke, have itour album, & a uku band is opening for us

ElevenFalcons: @ukulelerockstar yeah, i agree. sometimes your forced to rise above those notions when you use certain techniques and instruments

MXArts: @ElevenFalcons I think sometimes the experimentation frees music of a time frame (except for the 80s synth sound)

ElevenFalcons: @ukulelerockstar but i think audiences can tell the difference between quirkiness for arts sake and for reactions sake

UkuleleRockstar: Yes RT @ElevenFalcons: @ukulelerockstar but i think audiences can tell the difference between quirkiness for arts sake & for reactions sake

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts yeah, i think 70s/80s synth music boxed in electronic music as just goofy and campy, or bloated like a lot of prog
@mxarts you don’t need electronic instruments to be experimental. you just need to experiment. try new things.
@mxarts I think elec instr tend to lend themselves to exp music more because they’ve been explored less and seem more progressive

MXArts: @ElevenFalcons But some electronic musicians, like David Byrne, have moved even beyond electronica! Spirit of invention!

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts I mean, the Contortions, John Cale & the Velvets, they all made exp music with trad instruments
@mxarts yeah, and that’s why we love using drums, guitar, bass, etc cus we love exploring innovation with those instruments
@mxarts Post-rock like Tortoise, Godspeed, and others all use trad rock instruments to make completely non-rock music

MXArts: Hard to believe, but we’re reaching the end of our hour-long twitterview with @ElevenFalcons… any last questions?

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts woah, we really got lost in Bruce Springsteen and electronic vs. trad discussions. time has flown

UkuleleRockstar: @ElevenFalcons Help me remember your BoBo show – I want to try and catch it!

MXArts: @ElevenFalcons I know, time DID fly! We have to do this again!

ElevenFalcons: @ukulelerockstar we will. we’ll continue this discussion
@mxarts definitely. this has been a fun experiment!
@mxarts @ukulelerockstar by the way, we wee listening to Roy Orbison on vinyl while we had that discussion

MXArts: @ElevenFalcons I want to thank you again for joining us – I’ve been streaming “The Death Vine” while we chatted. Again, When do u play next?
Download @ElevenFalcon’s new album “The Death Vine” here: #avlent

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts thank you so much. We play tomorrow at Root Bar and Sunday 8/22 at Bobo Gallery. check for all our dates

MXArts: Love him. RT @ElevenFalcons: @mxarts @ukulelerockstar by the way, we wee listening to Roy Orbison on vinyl while we had that discussion
ElevenFalcons: @mxarts and here you can download all our music for free!

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts we’re listening to that Ray Lynch album now
Thanks again to @mxarts for the interview and @ukulelerockstar for the questions! we’re going to put the transcript up on our website

MXArts: @ElevenFalcons Thanks! We’ll recap our convo at … look forward to talking with you all again!
Thanks to @ElevenFalcons and @UkuleleRockstar for joining us on our twitterview experiement. More to come! #avlent

ElevenFalcons: @mxarts ooh, even better. As do we. Have a great weekend!




About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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