THE ENTRANCE BAND TO TOUR WITH AMAZING BABY SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM OUT NOW ON ECSTATIC PEACE!
Following recent tours with Sonic Youth and Nebula, The Entrance Band will be embarking on a US tour with Amazing Baby next month. Ecstatic Peace! will release The Entrance Band’s self-titled debut on September 1, an incendiary, ten-song journey into the creative group-mind of three talented and inspired musicians; guitarist and vocalist Guy Blakeslee, drummer Derek W. James and bassist Paz Lenchantin. The three players have committed to the full realization of the power trio, the primal impact of guitar, bass and drums throbbing together in electrified unity.
The songs on The Entrance Band feel and sound like a group realizing their own vision, freed from past constraints. The end result is ten powerful songs, working as a whole to create an ethereal yet driving melodic concoction—heavy without being plodding, psychedelic without being whimsical. Blakeslee sings with unbridled emotion and plays left-handed on an upside-down guitar, scraping and bending the strings in search of new sonic adventures. James’ kinetic rhythms conjure dances both ancient and futuristic. Rounded out and locked together by Lenchantin’s primal and pulsating bass lines, the music transcends any retro stylings and brings their sound into the present day and beyond.
The critically acclaimed LP Prayer of Death (2006) was recorded in Chicago under the name Entrance (a vehicle for mostly solo output by Blakeslee), with collaborative input from Lenchantin and James. All three players contributed to the recording process, but it was not until after the completion of that album that the band played live together as a trio for the first time. “This is the beginning,” confirms Guy. “We’ve been together for three years, but this will be our first presentation to the world as a trio.” Now truly a band, they decided to name this, their first unified effort, The Entrance Band.
Co-founder of Ecstatic Peace! Records, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, says, “The Entrance Band’s new music is the most alluring and, yes, entrancing vibe I’ve yet to experience in this new age. A soundtrack for the new groove.”
“Their music creates the feeling that something fresh and powerful is afoot. A potent mix of political mindedness — including a few conspiracy theories — and musical virtuosity, their songs throb and wail and strive to open minds.” – LA TIMES
“The Entrance Band plays apocalyptic psych-rock that is so good it will make you welcome the end days with open arms, as the guitars menacingly swirl in the background and the drums echo the sound of the four horsemen.” – WASHINGTON POST
“Some dudes play guitar solos, Guy Blakeslee shreds. In The Entrance Band, along with Paz Lenchantin and Derek James, hes reined it all in, harnessed the guitar magic to ridiculously tight drums and bass and turned the whole thing into much more of a group effort. Who knew we’d be able to dance to half of this album and imagine taking acid to the other half?” – THE FADER
THE ENTRANCE BAND TOUR DATES
9/10 – Pontiac, MI – Pike Room
9/11 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
9/12 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
9/15 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile
9/17 – Portland, OR – Holocene
9/19 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
9/20 – Santa Cruz, CA – Crepe Place
9/22 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
9/23 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
9/25 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
9/26 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
9/27 – Omaha, NE – The Slowdown
9/29 – Indianapolis, IN – Radio Radio
9/30 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
10/1 – Washington, DC – DC9
10/2 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
10/3 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
All dates with Amazing Baby