Eric Anders Rallies The Revolution With Album Eleven Nine
it seems like every day there is another event or development that divides us as a nation. Now more than ever we need artists with strong voices who can bring about the art we need to connect on a deeper level. Eleven Nine by Eric Anders is a piece of art that fits that bill. Eleven Nine, titled in observance of the day that Donald Trump was elected as the 45th president of the U.S., is scathing criticism of the sitting president. The album is defined by a folksy sound that pulls notes from prog and classic rock. The album’s subject matter stands in stark contrast with its quintessentially middle-American sound. In “Eleven Nine,” Anders has crafted a razor-witted diatribe about a man who was elected into office by the tired and weary working class of middle-America, on top of the musical platform that very same group has come to define through decades of artistic exchange and improvisation.
Speaking on his powerful album Anders had this to say: “I released a ten-song anti-Trump album, Eleven Nine, in the spring of 2017. The album was produced and mixed by Matthew Emerson Brown(Trespassers William) and features guitarists Jeff Fielder (Mark Lanegan) and Tyler Nuffer. I am donating all of the album proceeds from Eleven Nine 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
Anders has shown an immense aptitude for songwriting, releasing four CDs in four years: Not At One (2003), Songs For Wayward Days (2004), More Regrets (2005) and Tethered to the Ground (2006). After taking a five-year break to get married and have a few children, Anders returned with Remains In Mein 2011. Now Eleven Nine marks yet another chapter in Anders’ musical journey. This powerful album calls attention to an issue that has been left to fester for far too long. The message behind the album’s lead single shines a light on an issue of discrimination that has gone on for far too long now.