- Extract from area11.band
Area 11 are a Bristol-based rock band, who are combining Western rock with traditions of Eastern music to form a Gaijin Rock band. Taking their cue from the music found in popular Japanese animation, the band mix punishing lead guitar lines, synth hooks and soaring vocals to deliver a polished and upbeat sound, which is both familiar and unique.
Area 11 are also known for co-operating with the Yogscast, mainly by composing music for them. The most famous piece is the Yogscast's outro music, which is based on a tune of Area 11's song Euphemia. Upon the release of their first album, the outro was put on the end of their song Vectors.
Sparkles* was also a competitor in the Survival Games, and Crown Conquest (along with Parv). Sparkles* and Parv are also the only ones working at YogTowers, and it has been noted by Martyn that the rest of the band visits them there often.
Alongside their music Area 11 also post playthroughs of games and different comedy sketches on their YouTube channel. Sparkles told the people in Radio Sparkles* that the band was already working on new music and they had 2 bars of a new song already. He also explained that the band hope to bring back songs that were cut from All The Lights in the Sky such as Human is Dead;Mismatch and Homunculus.
Area 11 is the YouTube channel run and maintained by Area 11. It was created in June 4, 2011. It currently has over 100,000 subscribers and over 7,000,000 views.
Area 11 formed on October 4, 2010. They decided on the name 'Area 11' after they wrote Euphemia on October 8, 2010. In December 2012, Area 11 made a song called Minecraft Christmas to help raise funds for the Yogscast Honey Drive 2012 fundraiser. Soon after, Area 11 released their first album All The Lights in the Sky. This finished at 75th in the UK album charts and 10th in the UKs Rock album charts in early 2013.In April 2013, Area 11 released their single Shi no Barado, featuring vocalist Beckii Cruel, taken from their debut album All The Lights in the Sky. This single charted at number 12 in the Indie charts and number 1 on the Indie breakers charts 250 hard copies of the single were made, some were sent to magazines or blogs to be reviewed. The rest were sold at Area 11s gigs along with limited edition Shi No Barado T-shirts. After Area 11 finished their gigs they then sold the remaining CDs and T-shirts on their website which sold out in under two hours. When buying these CDs Elevens were given the chance to request for it to be signed by the band and possibly Adam Davis and/or Beckii Cruel.This can be seen in the picture to the right.
Alongside their release of Shi No Barado, Area 11 did a Minecraft series called Gigacraft which has many links to Digital Haunt. Soon after, the band released a new single entitled "GO! Fighting Action Power!" on the Sunday of May 12, 2013. This single was made for the new cartoon 'Bravoman' and can be seen here. This can also be seen live here.
On September 12, 2013, Sparkles announced that Area 11 were going to release All the Lights in the Sky as a physical album, with around about 1000 copies being made. Sparkles invited fans to be a part of the album by recording parts for Heaven Piercing Giga-Drill and Bōsōzoku Symphonic - All the Lights in the Sky. By the deadline the fans recordings had to be in, Area 11 had received 663 submissions that Sparkles then had to put together for the track. The announcement can be viewed here.
8 October 2013 marks 3 years of Area 11 being a band as this was the date they decided apon a name and wrote Euphemia together. To mark this day the band re-released the original Knightmare/Frame(2012) which came with 3 b-sides; Knightmare/Frame instrumental, a demo of Legendary Sannin and Sparkles* Euphemia Trance Remix.
On 11/11/13 at 11:11pm GMT Area 11 re-launched their site . On the site featured a 45-second trailer for what is still unknown. It is rumoured to be the release of the physical version of the album All The Lights In The Sky, as in the teaser video is says 'All The Lights In The Sky - Complete'.On the 15/11/13 Area 11 confirmed on their website that they would be releasing Heaven Piercing Giga Drill as their last single from All The Lights In The Sky to say goodbye to the album, on the 25/11/13. This had been in the works for a while since asking fans to be part of the new song. It was then released a day earlier (24/11/13) with a music video. Along with the new single they released a B-Side of a full length version of All The Lights In The Sky and an off-vocal track of Heaven-Piercing Giga Drill.
On the 5th of December, Parv was taking part in the Yogscast live stream when him and Sparks teased that the phyiscal copies of ATLITS had just arrived.
Nearing Christmas 2013, Area 11 released a new video which had links to Area 11s newly formed online store that allowed fans to order the phyiscal copy of the ATLITS album. Also on the site was album art posters, hoodies and new long sleeved shirts.On the 30th December Sparks' played the video to the left for the first time on the Yogs livestream which was later used as Area 11s relaunch of the channel on 1 January where they plan to release 5 videos a week. They also announced that they intend to release a new EP of original content in 2014.
On 1 May Area 11 released their New/Old song Homunculus as a free single which can be downloaded here.
- Tom Clarke (Sparkles*) – Vox, Keytar, Keyboard, Acoustic Guitar
- Alex Parvis (Parv) – Guitar
- Jonathan Kogan (Kogie) – Bass, Saxophone
- Leo Taylor – Drums
- Adam Davis - Storyboards, Illustrations, Animation Director, Visual Director, Videographer
- Sparkles*' Keytar - Roland AX-Synth (White)
- Sparkles*' Synthesizer - Roland Juno Di (Black) (as seen in the acoustic version of Shi no Barado)
- Sparkles*' Acoustic Guitar - Faith Venus Concert CE (this is actually Turps' guitar)
- Jonathan Kogan's Bass Guitar - Sterling by Musicman S.U.B Series Ray4
- Alex Parvis' Guitar - ESP Horizon NT-II (See-Thru Black)
The band have done a commentary on all the songs on the All The Lights in the Sky Album, and also a "Game Night" where all the band sat and played a different game each episode.
With Other Yogscast MembersEdit
- They played a series of Worms Revolution which features the band and guests Martyn and Duncan.
- Sparkles* and Sjin have done a playthrough of Day of the Tentacle.
- Parv has also done a playthrough of the Witcher 2.
- Sparkles* has also done a playthrough of the very first Tomb Raider game.
- Leo also started a playthrough of Prince of Persia.
- Blackline EP (2011)
- BLACKLINE 「COMPLETE」 (2013)
- All The Lights in the Sky (2013)
- Underline EP (2014)
- Modern Synthesis (2016)
- DOTA 2 Beta Key (2012)
- Knightmare/Frame (2012)
- Reply Boyz (2012)
- Minecraft Christmas (2012)
- Shi no Barado (2013)
- GO!! Fighting Action Power (2013)
- Knightmare/Frame Original (re-release) (2013)
- Homunculus (2014)
- Versus (2015)
- Watchmaker (2016)
Area 11's music is influenced by many different Anime and these include:
- Vectors - Elfen Lied
- Euphemia, Knightmare/Frame and Area 11 -Code Geass
- Tokyo House Party- Fooly Cooly
- Shi no Barado (feat. Beckii Cruel) - Death Note
- The Strays - Cowboy Bebop
- Dream & Reality - Bakuman
- Heaven-Piercing Giga Drill, All The Lights in the Sky (album) and Black Hole Giga Drill - Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- The Legendary Sannin - Naruto
- Human is Dead, Mismatch - Steins;Gate
- Homunculus - Fullmetal Alchemist
- GO!! Fighting Action Power- Bravoman
Some of Area 11s musical influences include:
- ONE OK ROCK
- The Pillows
- Asian Kung Fu Generation
- The Brilliant Green
- Maximum the Hormone
- Biffy Clyro
- Paul Gilbert & Mr Big
- Enter Shikari
- At The Drive-In
- Iron Maiden
- An orchestral remix of Euphemia became the outro theme to the Yogscast YouTube channel 'BlueXephos' after a copy of Blackline EP came into Lewis Brindley's hands. A closer mix of the theme was also included at the end of Vectors, on their All the Lights in the Sky album.
- Many other sections of their songs appear on different Yogscast videos, such as; Bōsōzoku Symphonic in the Reverse World Animation, AniMay and some Top 5 videos.
- Many of the band's works are references to anime. For example, the songs Euphemia and Knightmare/Frame, the band name Area 11, or Sparkles*' name on Facebook (Sparkles li Britannia) are all references to the anime Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion. In the anime, colonized Japan is referred to as "Area 11".
- Sparkles* revealed his real name on one of the Christmas Livestreams.
- Parvis was the first person to reveal Sparkles* real name in the first installment of '11 minutes with Area 11'.
- Luke Owens and Tim Yearsley are past members of Area 11.
- Someone called Lee designed the Area 11 digital eye logo.
- All of Area 11's links can be found here.