Singer-songwriter Eric Anders and producer, Matthew Emerson Brown, have partnered with Lambda Legal to release an anti-Trump album, Eleven Nine. All album proceeds will go to Lambda Legal:
“Our nation is facing an extremist takeover by people who don’t believe in the fundamental rights of LGBT people and people living with HIV. Lambda Legal knows how to hold the line when civil rights are under attack. Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal knows how to fight the government in the courts when the other branches are hostile, having successfully done so in the past.” -- Lambda Legal
Produced by Matthew Emerson Brown.
Mixed by Matthew Emerson Brown at Emerson77 Productions.
Engineered by Garrett Reynolds and Matthew Emerson Brown at Electrokitty, Seattle, WA
Additional Engineering by Jay Pellicci at New Improved Recording,
Mastering by Levi Seitz at Black Belt Mastering, Seattle.
Album art by Philip Yarnall at Smay Design.
"It’s not only well-written and well-produced [by Matt Brown], but a robust listen for anyone trying to find compassion or healing within the country’s political climate over the last six months. Eleven Nine is powerful on all fronts. Heavy lyrics, ... beautiful melodies, and an overall production that paints a detailed picture with every track.... [Anders'] ability to write profound lyrics and deliver them in such a mesmerizing way is certainly something to be admired.... Anders’ music may be too polarizing for popular radio. But there’s no question it belongs in documentaries, political protests, and hell, the national archive. It’s not easy to write songs that can connect with people. It’s even tougher to do so while making a political statement. Anders does it."
"Wonderfully composed music, with soft and thoughtfully placed harmonies. The fire burned too long wins over with its piano, hitting chords off-beat and bringing a special dynamic into the song. Anders’ voice is complementing his words and melodies, touching your heart and will reach yours soul – just open up to a diverse album, with surprises in every song."
""How Low and Why" [is a] powerful track ... that perfectly sets the listener up for the thematic content of the rest of the project.... "Inside the Sacrifice Zone" [is a] standout track ... [about] American tragedy [and is] beautifully harrowing.... Eleven Nine is a potent commentary on American society ... comprised of an extraordinary catalog of songs."
"... powerful, hard-hitting ... the heartfelt plea for change that we have all been waiting for .... a beautifully crafted, 10 song masterpiece ... "Inside the Sacrifice Zone’ is a must listen, perfectly illustrating Anders’ musical ability and the overall feel of the album. ‘How low and why’ ... is also phenomenal."
"It’s a great album full of folk sounding rock, reminiscent of the greats, like Paul Simon and Neil Young.... From “The Fire Has Burned Too Long” all the way to “I Hear Them All (This Land Is Your Land),” you’ll find well-written songs with something to say and a story to tell."
"It really is a great album... [With "How Low and Why"] we get a killer slab of Americana on this smoking hot tune... it just oozes cool. It reminds me a bit of Neil Young in some ways. It gets a bit distorted and seriously rocking as it continues.... [With regard to "Do You Feel",] I love the fuzz drenched, retro textures [and the] old-school retro groove on this tune is quite classy."
"The clear vitriol that Anders feels towards Trump is eloquently affixed to some fantastically heartbreaking tunes ... The harmonies are great [and] it’s as though they represent the echoes of a crumbling nation."
Eric Anders is back at it again with his new release, “Eleven Nine,” which is currently aimed at Donald Trump. A folk-laden record, Anders delivers the goods once again with a slightly political and powerful message behind him. Throughout the record, we hear an artist passionate about his craft and the upheaval of his country. Filled with gorgeously insightful pieces, standouts on the record include “This Fire Has Burned for Too Long” and “Do You Feel?” With dashes of prog and classic rock laced throughout, the record proves to be powerful from start to finish.... Often compared to artists such as Paul Simon and Nick Drake, Anders sound and tonality are remarkable. On the album, he brings a political discussion to the table that will hit close to home with nearly every listener in its path. His voice and lyricism are filled with passion as he tells the story of every American in 2018. With nothing left unturned, his musical thoughts come to life within the record, creating an insightful release that will stand the test of time. Do you yourself a great favor and pick up a copy of Eleven Nine because Eric Anders has released one of the most prominent records of the past several years. - Emily Hinde, No Depression: The Journal of Roots Music