The Entrance Band


The name, The Entrance Band, can conjure images of secret entryways, or it can represent the feeling of being dazzled and delighted – quite literally, to be put into a trance. The music made by The Entrance Band can awaken either definition, and countless other dimensions as well.

Since first collaborating together on the 2006 album Prayer of Death, guitarist/vocalist Guy Blakeslee, bassist Paz Lenchantin and drummer Derek James have breathed continued life into the sound of The Entrance Band. That energy has translated into a catalog of recorded expression and an unassailable reputation for offering one of the most intuitively-interconnected live performances on the planet.

These memorable melodies and their near-telekinetic musical kinship are found in full flower on Face the Sun – certainly the band’s most compelling collection of songs to date. Their first full-length in four years, it is an album built firmly upon notable transformations experienced by all three band members. Face the Sun is a rare and remarkable collection of songs that recognizes and honors both sides of the journey toward the light.


“For the unheard ears, The Entrance Band throw all the roots of rock n roll into a cement mixer.  A pinch of Mississippi Delta, a dash of backwoods folklore, a touch of acid psych, some Robert Plantian swoons, a little crimson, some clover….That cement is then poured into the little area you’ve dug around your front door and voila…you’ve got a front porch.” – Sly Vinyl

“For The Entrance Band, the trick is breaking into the hermetic chamber with this sound, to bend the space between stage and studio and get the energy through before reality’s mantle gives way. With Face the Sun, I think they’ve finally succeeded. I don’t know if it’s fair to the previous releases, but having seen the beast onstage, they couldn’t help but sound pantomimed in comparison. Face the Sun manages to break my parallax vision, however, and stand apart from that monstrous expectation, which is a helluva feat. It’s an album with its own personality, well-produced and sumptuously filled out with flanger, reverb, and acoustic guitars polished into glockenspiel tones.” – Violent Success

“Last fall’s Face the Sun from LA-based The Entrance Band opens with a nearly-9-minute jammer, ‘Fine Flow,’ that packs a wallop of dirty, rocking psychedelic action that’s tough to say “no” to. As good as that is, The Entrance Band prove themselves to be far from a one-trick, one-trip pony. The rest of the album hits several notes both high and more subdued and lovely. Highly recommended.”
– Jam Base

“I was enthralled when I discovered Face The Sun, their sophomore album. The Entrance Band relish in psychedelia here, swirling guitars, sumptuous wah-wahs, lyrical witchcraft. ‘Fine Flow’ is a fantastic album opener, setting the stage with a bassline that will stick like a wad of gum to the back of your mind.” – It’s Psychedelic Baby

“The Entrance band was created on stage at our first show and is still being created at our current shows. We never used a practice space, we had our first practice on stage in front of an audience. It was being created as people watched it be created in a pure form. We booked more shows and kept on playing. We are a trio; we can not exist without one another. It wouldn’t be The Entrance Band if one of us was not in the band.” – V Magazine

“Over the time they’ve developed a seemingly telepathic interplay that’s thrilling to see and hear unfold live, matched with a physical exuberance on stage that’s, well, entrancing. That still comes through on this album, even without the visual aspect, the songs building with a free-flowing energy.” – SCPR

“With their 2nd LP as the Entrance Band (not including their Latitudes contribution) and now recording for NY’s cutting-edge psych label Beyond Beyond is Beyond, the group further tackles acid-folk propelled from Tyrannosaurus Rex styled resemblances to Psychic Ills-like garage rock..” – Mondo Kim’s

“Face The Sun isn’t a straight shot from darkness to light, though, nor is it a story of transformation exactly. The music’s intensity focuses more closely on playing with the tensions between those extremes, with noodling vocal lines that shift from major to minor mode or float heroically over distorted, spellbinding instrumentals. If there’s a redemption story here, it’s an incomplete and messy one.” – Audio Femme

“While I hear bits of a genre to be unnamed, I’m finding this tune much more expansive, delving into the more exploratory regions of modern indie fare.  The vocals are steadier, and the accompanying music has a broader focus, which definitely makes this one of the  more powerful tracks we’ve heard from the group.” – Austin Town Hall

“For a road map of where they are headed, the band’s unveiled lead single ‘Fire Eyes’. Pulling back on their inclination toward hazy psychedelics, they’ve crafted an anthem for some neo-spaghetti Western, with the one-two punch of bass and drum supporting a twangy guitar line built for some classic John Wayne shootout. With that more streamlined, country-fried aesthetic, the band focuses more on reaching out and plucking at listeners’ heart strings, delivering a tale of personal-trauma-turned-triumph that’s as raw as it is inspiring.” – Consequence of Sound


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