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Started in 2005, Ellul is an electronic rock band based out of San Francisco. Though supported by a rotating cast of contributing artists Ellul is essentially the brainchild of songwriters Blankethead (Joel Tarman) and The General (Joel St. Julien).

The two first met while studying sociology and urban economic development in Philadelphia. A mutual love of music and social activism spurred their first joint effort - Janbazian Theory - an amorphous trio inspired by noise, free-jazz, funk, and social criticism. After graduation, Blankethead moved out west to San Francisco, where he quickly began efforts to lure The General. Its unclear if it was the promise of sunny skies, left leaning politics, music, or burritos that finally swayed The General but two years later he touched down at San Francisco International Airport and never looked back.
Both band members had been dabbling for some time with electronic music - sharing their experiments, critiques, and ideas with the other. Finally on the same coast, the two began fusing these electronic experiments with the lyrical and vocal talents they had been known for in previous projects. Pulling in the entirety of their varied influences, these initial demos caught the attention of Asthmatic Kitty Artist/Sounds Are Active label owner Chris Schlarb, who agreed to both produce and release the bands first self-titled LP in May of 2005. The album received overwhelmingly positive reviews at home and abroad and the band soon followed with national and west coast tours.

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