May 17, 2007

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Keeping it clean
Borderline Eleven offers up family-friendly shows
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

Music can carry a very powerful message — positive or negative — to its listeners.

Borderline Eleven is a group of young pop alternative punk rockers from Concord who have decided to keep their message clean for several reasons.

Borderline Eleven, a four-piece, is Dan Charpentier, 16, on lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Luke Mason, 22, on lead guitar and backup vocals; Andrew Mason, 17, on drums, and Joe Campbell, 16, on bass and backup vocals. Monica Charpentier, Dan’s mother, acts as manager and “band mom” for Borderline Eleven.

“They want to promote a positive image. So, they keep those parameters that they don’t use foul language and they keep everything clean. It’s family-safe music that won’t offend anyone,” Monica Charpentier said.

Borderline Eleven may be aware of the message that goes into their music, but there’s more to it than that. Growing up in the church and starting their stage appearances at the church’s weekly open mike, they’ve also been raised in a Christian state of mind.

“We don’t want to keep it hidden that we are Christians and certainly don’t want to deceive anyone. We do write about a lot of other things, as most bands, and the Christian message isn’t overpowering in any of our music,” Andrew Mason said.

Borderline Eleven got its start in church but has since played a variety of shows with a number of bands, none of them really falling under the Christian rock label that Borderline Eleven prefers for itself.

They’ve played several battle-of-the-bands scenarios, at music venues and at local high schools and middle schools. Jam Solid Productions, which hosts the battle of the bands at Milly’s Tavern in Manchester on Sunday nights, invited Borderline Eleven back to perform (an actual performance, not a battle of the bands) on Sunday, June 3, as one of their top six favorites.

“We are aware that a lot of people don’t want to hear a Christian message, especially if it’s very prevalent in the music. If they find it offensive, then they don’t have to listen to it,” Campbell said.

“There’s also a lot that we don’t want to hear in their music. But we don’t have a problem tuning it out, just as we would think they don’t have a problem tuning us out. Which we do have to do, many times,” Luke Mason said.

Borderline Eleven, in the past year and a half since coming together, has written about 20 original songs and plays a number of cover tunes. At the moment, they’ll play about 10 of those originals, while the others are still in stages of development.

“We just like to have fun with our music but at the same time put a good message out there. Some of our songs are a little more on the serious side, while some of our songs are fun songs,” Dan said.

Borderline Eleven
When
: Saturday, May 26, starting at 2:30 p.m. at PAL building in Manchester; and 6 p.m. at Merrivale Farms in Hooksett
Where: PAL Building, corner of Lake and Beech streets, Manchester; Merrivale Farms Ice Cream & Pizzaman, 254 Route 3A, Hooksett.
For more information: Go to myspace.com/borderlineeleven for more show dates and music samples.