The two-man band isn’t as shocking as it once was. The White Stripes strode into the mainstream with only a pair. The Black Keys did the same, and both acts’ intrigue was aided by their ability to project so much sound with so few bodies.
Though not born from the same electric blues genre as those acts, Los Angeles’s El Ten Eleven — who’ll play Buffalo’s Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.) on Feb. 26 — can claim the same ability to maximize the potential of four free hands.
Comprised of guitarist/bassist Kristian Dunn and drummer Tim Fogarty, the post-rock instrumental duo has earned the reputation of being able to produce a quintet’s worth of output via their multitasking selves.
Whether with Dunn wielding a guitar-bass combo, Fogarty handling both acoustic and electric drums, or each taking turns on digital effects or pedal-aided reverberations, the pair has created vocal-free compositions full of feelings both melancholy and manic.
Exemplified with the infectious nod-and-sway of past single “My Only Swerving” or weaved through its newest release (last year’s “Fast Forward”), these moods are often not far apart throughout the duo’s work — which should make for an emotional roller coaster of an evening within the gritty intimacy of Mohawk.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 (box office, Ticketmaster).