The Entrance Band, Holy Shit, White Rainbow, DJ Jimi Hey

The Entrance Band

THURSTON MOORE
"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"

LA TIMES
"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.”

WASHINGTON POST
"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."

THE FADER
"Some dudes play guitar solos, Guy Blakeslee shreds. In The Entrance Band,
along with Paz Lenchantin and Derek James, he’s 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 STRANGER (Seattle)
"The Entrance Band play tempestuous psych-blues songs that often tilt toward the epic.
Blakeslee's serpentine riffing and fists-shaking-to-the-heavens vocals attest to rock's
reputed redemptive power."

RCRDLBL
"Listening to their music is like sojourning into a cactus field at midnight with nothing
but a jug of wine and some Gun Club records."

BALTIMORE CITY PAPER
"The Entrance Band, has honed itself into a rock-solid, mass-appeal beast that could shake
the White Stripes from their throne. "M.L.K." is both breathtaking and soul satisfying in
its massive, alluring riffs (every song has a thick, ringing riff for, like, every day of
the week); simple, reverbed-out vocal hooks; and crystal clear populist message:
"Hey, there's a reason I sing/'cause I want to hear freedom ring/ and I'll remind you all
of one more thing, remember Martin Luther King." The cloud-scraping chorus hook of
"That Is Why" could tame a lion; "Sing for the One" chugs along in a grubby stoner-rock
roil; "Hourglass" sounds like it could fucking own an arena, complete with Jumbotron shots
of Blakeslee shredding like some newly anointed high priest of rockdom.
Basically: watch out."

L.A. RECORD
“Headlining that night was The Entrance Band. Not missing a beat, their set seemed to
explode from the moment the members took the stage, with a fierce combination of
psychedelic, blues, and rock. It almost feels like a Martian attack on your soul,
especially as Guy Blakeslee’s vocals reach their coda-like watching the sky opens up
for the birth and death of an actual star accompanied by his beyond stellar,
words fail me, wicked-sounding guitar, giving proper due to Steve Vai and Zappa for
us youngins. Bassist Paz Lenchantin’s thunderous sonic mind fuck comes via a much
needed catharsis by her instrument. She maintains the same amount of attention as the
rest of the heavy elements, while the orchestration still makes you feel cleansed and
free. Please do yourself a favor this summer and get lost in this bands mystique.”

Holy Shit

Though lacking in any religious significance, Holy Shit have been divine inspiration for a number of other successful bands: Ariel Pink, Girls and John Maus have all collaborated at some point with founding member Matt Fishbeck. First record, Stranded at Two Habours, made together with Ariel Pink in 2006, is something of a lost classic. Its nostalgic muddied vocals and lofi sound effects are something that has come to define Ariel Pink’s later work, while Fishbeck’s crooning lullaby pop songs remains distinctly his own.

Since then Fishbeck has continued recording records, in the mean time keeping an evening job as a gondolier on Lake Merritt in Oakland. Perhaps inspired by the success of his friends, Fishbeck has recruited new band members and lined up a number of new releases earlier this year. Although many Holy Shit former band members have since gone on to wider acclaim, Fishbeck seemed destined to linger as cult concern with a devoted internet following. Now that he has returned to touring and working on a record as a band, Fishbeck may hopefully soon be less in the shadow of his previous band members.

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The Entrance Band, Holy Shit, White Rainbow, DJ Jimi Hey

Thursday, June 27 · Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM at The Satellite