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By AMANDA-SUSAN CARSON Staff Writer With a second single and a music video on the way, small-town band Eleven Past One is working on a new album for fans. This band from Bowmanville isn’t new to the music scene; it has been pushing to get a song out on the radio for five years. “We got our start by packing up our back[pack]s and touring all across the country and playing every single place we could,” says guitarist Stephen Richter. The band also includes brother Daniel Richter (vocals), Steve Patenaude (drums), Kyle Bykiv (guitar) and Dan Beattie (bass). The band was formed when Richter and Patenaude met when there was a fire at Bowmanville High in late 2005. “I went over to his house, and we started jamming because he had drums and a guitar in his basement,” says Richter. “My brother sings, ‘Let’s start a band.’” Manager Jordyn Elliot says, “They weren’t just a boy band. They are all musically talented and trained.” Sadie Brillinger, a diehard Time Bombs, a nickname for the fans, became a fan because “they made really catchy music, they seemed really sweet and plus they give great advice.” “They were humble and stick to their morals and values,” Elliot says. “I watched them interact with fans and family and they had equal respect for everyone.” These boys are humble and care as much about their fans as they do their family, qualities any artist should have. “We packed up our back[pack]s and flew down to Cuba with Ben Knechtel who did Call Me Maybe for Carly Rae Jepsen,” says Richter, about the band’s first music video, The World Is Ours, released late last year. “We had no idea what we were doing down there. We just winged it and came back home with a killer video. One of the best times of my life.” Elliot, who has been the band’s manager for more than a year, has “big things” planned for Eleven Past One. “I’d like to see them go international.” What is next for Eleven Past One? Elliot says, “We are hoping to soon be signed with a record label and produce/write more hit tunes in the upcoming months.” “We do a lot of writing, but for our singles we co-write with Brian Howes. He is a top writer/producer in the industry, and we are so blessed to have the chance to work with him,” says Richter. With high hopes and even bigger dreams, Eleven Past One is working its way to the top. For more on the band, go to www.elevenpastonemusic.com.