| July 1992|
| Matador Records
Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Indie rock, Alternative rock, Blues
Don't Ask - Don't Tell, Gently - Down the Stream, Trust Not Those in Whom Wi, Been Here and Gone
11:11 is the debut album by Boston indie rock band Come.
11:11 (Come album) Wikipedia
After their 12" single "Car" was released as part of Sub Pop's Single of the Month Club, "Come started getting raves in the press, [and] played to wildly enthusiastic crowds in London and Amsterdam" before recording their debut album 11:11, which was recorded and mixed in just seven-and-a-half days. Recorded in July 1992 at Fort Apache Studios in Cambridge, MA, 11:11 was produced by Come with Tim O'Heir and Carl Plaster. The album takes its title from the numerological phenomenon involving the recurrence and potential synchronicity of the time 11:11. The members of the band "decided on the title after glancing at a digital clock on several occasions and finding it was 11:11 each time." As Brokaw puts it, "[i]t was a recurring phenomena [...] It became a sort of superstitious mantra."
The band recorded a music video for the album's opening track, "Submerge", directed by Jesse Peretz, in addition to which their song "Dead Molly" was included in Allison Anders and Kurt Voss's 1999 independent comedy Sugar Town.
The song "Fast Piss Blues" was released as a single, featuring a cover of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards's "I Got the Blues", from The Rolling Stones' 1971 album Sticky Fingers, as its B-side. Both songs were included in the CD version of 11:11, but did not feature in the LP version.
In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau said that the music comprises flat melodies with some slide guitar and lyrics that range from "unintelligible to incomprehensible". Entertainment Weekly described 11:11 as "a captivating blast of ennui and feedback that may be Matador's finest moment yet", going on to characterize it as "enthralling, like watching someone howl into a rainstorm," whilst The Virgin Encyclopedia of Nineties Music states that it was "rightly lauded as one of 1992's finest releases." Allmusic referred to 11:11 as "a uniquely sludgy, electric, and strong fusion of sounds and styles, combining extreme angst and commanding power." Trouser Press stated that 11:11 is "very much a guitar tour de force, drenched as it is in the sweaty fluids that come forth when the six-strings of Zedek (a veteran of Boston's Dangerous Birds and New York's Live Skull) and Chris Brokaw (who served concurrently as Codeine's drummer until 1993) rub against each other." Rolling Stone magazine called 11:11 "one of Matador's defining records," whilst the Rough Guide to Rock summarizes 11:11 as follows: "The music and moods teeter precariously, erupting into violent explosions with little warning."
In January 2013, Matador Records announced that a special 20th anniversary 2 LP/CD re-issue of 11:11 would be released as in May 2013. The re-issue includes the original release, in addition to a live album consisting of the band's performance at the 1992 Vermonstress Festival. Announcing the news, Pitchfork described 11:11 as "one of the more elusive gems of Matador's back catalog."
The vinyl LP version of the record was pressed by United Record Pressing in Nashville, TN.
No Safety covered 11:11's opening track, "Submerge" in their 1994 album Live at the Knitting Factory, whilst Australian alternative rock band Screamfeeder covered "Off To One Side" in their 1999 album Home Age, a cover which was later included in their 2011 rarities compilation Cargo Embargo (B Sides & More).Thalia Zedek – vocals, guitar
Chris Brokaw – guitar, vocals
Sean O'Brien – bass
Arthur Johnson – drums
withCarl Plaster – piano on "Brand New Vein", organ on "Sad Eyes", floor tom on "Power Failure"
Bob Hamilton – art direction
Roderigo Avila – cover art