Area 11 are a four piece rock band from Bristol, UK, formed in 2011. Despite existing “under the radar” as far as the mainstream and music media is concerned, the band has amassed the kind of social media following (over 100k subscribers and 10 million plays on their YouTube channel, as an example) that would put artists considered many times bigger to shame, enabling the band to sell out shows, records and merchandise runs in quiet semi-anonymity. In the past twelve months, the band have undertaken two UK headline tours.
The first, in July 2015, pretty much sold out across the board (their London Barfly show sold out in less than 48 hours, with cities such as Manchester, Birmingham and Brighton not taking much longer). The following Winter Tour saw Area 11 stepping up the venue capacities significantly, with the inclusion of shows such as 500 capacity London Underworld.
Between tours, the band spent the majority of 2015 holed-up and piecing together their second full length album, Modern Synthesis, which was released via new home Cooking Vinyl in 2016, featuring 11 new tracks including “Versus” (which was released as a single in November 2015) and “Watchmaker”, which the band are unveiling now. Area 11 supported the album with a lengthy UK summer tour following an intimate release show at London’s Borderline.
Area 11 members:
Sparkles* – Vocals/Synths
Jonathan Kogan (Kogie) – Bass
Alex Parvis (Parv) – Guitar
Leo Taylor – Drums