Punk and hardcore have been a favorite of mine for pretty much my entire life. There is something so beautiful in the volatile and extreme nature of the music that resonates so well. There is a band in Los Angeles that is disrupting the scene and leaving one hell of a mark. The band I’m talking about is called Entry and they are fanfuckintastic. Originally formed as just a duo with screamer Sara Gregory and her partner Clayton Stevens (who plays guitar in the underrated Touche Amore), the band has now grown to a four piece that also features Christopher Dwyer of Ghost Idols on drums and Sean S on bass. Since Their inception, Entry has fast become one of the bests underground bands in LA. Their music and live shows are full of piss and vinegar that harks back to the days that Black Flag was hitting their stride. Entry is the type of band in the punk/hardcore scene that is a real force to be reckoned with and I’d dare anyone to try and take them on!
There is a lot of talk out in the mainstream about rock music being a dying part of music. Well I’m here to tell you that it’s not true at all. There are a slew of bands out there that are carrying the torch for the rock genre and doing it with extreme amounts of passion and love for the music. Last night at the Silverlake lounge, three of the most solid rock bands shared the stage last night and showed those who were in attendance that rock is still very much alive.
1000 Suns started the night off with their blend of instrumental post-rock . Through the 45 minutes during their set you could feel the passion in their music as it permeated through the venue. Armed as a three piece, these guys led by guitarist Andy Scott, have a sound with influences ranging from Radiohead, Tool, and a slew of 90’s bands like Failure. 1000 Suns were the perfect band to open up the night.
Next up was And We Are Them. These gents brought it last night. Their high energy filled music mixed with passionate lyrics really left a statement on the night. During certain songs you can hear the influences of bands like At The Drive In, Quicksand, and Failure. I’ve mentioned before that this band really believes in what they do and it shows in their performances. Playing songs from their newest EP A Subtle Tyranny and some other older gems, And We Are Them had the crowd intrigued and glued to watching them play, as they left it all on stage.
Closing out the night was Ghost Idols, another band that delivers passionate music with a 90’s tinge and some sludge. They deliver a wall of thunderous sound live. They three of them all play with conviction and belief in what they do. They played a slew of new songs that up their game from their previous EP. Ghost Idols were the perfect band to close out the night.
All three of these bands are proof that rock music is alive and well. They deliver music they believe in and it shows. You can tell they all do this for the love of music and the creation of art. With bands like this out there, it’s only a matter of time before more people start to clue in that there are great bands out there playing good music. So get out there people and support bands like this!!!
And We Are Them:
One of the early bands of the week Ghost Idols, released an epic 7″ early in the summer this year. The 8 minute opus entitled “Monsoons,” goes from ambient to heavy that showcases the bands ability to build sonic landscapes with their music. The cool thing about this release is the experience of listening to it. The song is split into two sides, giving the listener a really intriguing sense of what the band is all about. Ghost Idols are a great band that deserves your attention. They are currently working on a full length expected out late this year or early 2016.
Ghost Idols- Monsoons:
Ghost Idols was created in 2012 with the intention of creating a sonic experience of all their influences combined. As a trio, Ghost Idols have crafted quite the wall of sound. Taking cues from Hum, Failure, and I’d even say My Bloody Valentine, the music and lyrics combined, take the listener on quite an excursion of heaviness and melody. The song Shrines really captures the essence of the bands sound. Back in May of 2013, Ghost Idols released their self titled EP. It is 5 songs full of chunky riffs, bombastic drums and fuzzy bass, all the while blended ever so delightfully with vocals. Be on the lookout for Ghost Idols.
By: Brian Lacy