One Eleven Heavy celebrates the joyous, jam-propelled boogie of cosmic American rock as made famous by the likes of the Grateful Dead, Little Feat and Crazy Horse.
Singer-songwriter James Jackson Toth (better known by his nom de plume, Wooden Wand) and guitarist Nick Mitchell-Maiato (better known as the founder of UK psychedelic rock band Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura) met while James was on tour in the UK, back in 2008. They not only discovered a shared love of Crazy Horse, The Grateful Dead, Little Feat, NRBQ and Dylan, but also realized they'd arrived at their mutual tastes via an uncanny trajectory through teenage metal goofin', early adulthood Royal Trux obsession, years exploring the weirdo crevices of the improvisational psychedelic underground and a slow ascent back to the surface of celebratory, heart-wrenching guitar music. During a number of extended tour hangs, they began talking about the idea of forming a band together. A band that would blend James's bent for plaintive, sun-scorched lyricism and Nick's craving for a return to the Cosmic American musical landscape that encouraged willful abandonment of simple rock 'n' roll song structures into ecstatic, exploratory jams. The band’s personnel is completed by bassist Dan Brown (Royal Trux), drummer Ryan Jewell (Ryley Walker) and keyboardist Hans Chew (Hiss Golden Messenger).