We didn't go into it with any preconceived notions. The record is pretty much just whatever came out of us when we were writing.
Combining the best of hardcore and punk, Entry are an LA based band who harness the energy of both to maximum effect. Entry have just released their furious new album Detriment and Gavin Brown had a chat with vocalist Sara G. to discuss the new album, past live shows, influences as a vocalist and loads more on punk and hardcore.
E&D: Your new album Detriment is out now. How did the creation and recording of the album go?
Sara: We did all of the recording ourselves which was very fulfilling. It was a great experience writing it together and seeing it through.
E&D: The album is a short, sharp shock of hardcore energy. Did you want to capture the intensity of your live show with this album?
Sara: I think that’s impossible so that wasn’t really the goal. We just wanted to make something we like.
E&D: Detriment is the band’s debut album, did you want to make sure the record was a statement of intent and go straight for the jugular with the music on it?
Sara: We didn’t go into it with any preconceived notions. The record is pretty much just whatever came out of us when we were writing.
E&D: What has the feedback on Detriment been like so far?
Sara: It’s been overwhelmingly positive so far, which is really cool, but we try to not pay too much attention to that.
E&D: How did Entry start as a band?
Sara: Clayton and I started this together as a little long distance project. Eventually I moved to LA and we formed a full band so we could play shows.
E&D: Who are the biggest influences on the sound of Entry and your musical outlook?
Sara: The classics: Converge, Tragedy, Minor Threat, Discharge.
E&D: Who are your biggest influences as a musician?
Sara: As a vocalist, Dave Verellan from Botch, Jeff Moreira from Poison the Well, Jeff Eaton from Modern Life Is War.
E&D: How have you been keeping busy during this lockdown period and have you been working on any new music at all?
Sara: We’ve all been working full time still. We got about halfway done with writing a song over Zoom, but haven’t really made too much progress with that as we’re still not comfortable practicing together.
E&D: Have you got any tentative touring plans at the moment when things get back to a bit more normality?
Sara: We really don’t unfortunately. We had plans for this summer which have obviously been cancelled. Hopefully we can make something work.
E&D: What have you missed most about playing shows and being on the road?
Sara: I think we all miss not being at work and just being out on the road playing. We love traveling and seeing our friends all over.
E&D: You played a show with Suicidal Tendencies last year, how was that experience?
Sara: It was really awesome to be able to play with them. They put on such a great show. It was a really small, cool space and there were tons of people skateboarding while we played. It doesn’t get much cooler than that.
E&D: Entry have also played gigs with everyone from Sunn O))) to Despise You. Who have you enjoyed playing the most?
Sara: We’ve been really lucky to play with a lot of really great bands across the spectrum of punk. They were all cool for different reasons.
E&D: What has been your favourite show that Entry have ever played?
Sara: We have lots of friends in Denver, so playing there is always special. Our show there last year was particularly awesome.
E&D: What was the first hardcore show that you ever went to?
Sara: I was going to local shows and going out of town to see bands like Thursday probably starting in 2003, but I think my first big hardcore show was Throwdown, Walls of Jericho, and Every Time I Die in 2004.
E&D: What have been some of the best hardcore shows that you have ever seen?
Sara: Two that stand out: Modern Life Is War in Poughkeepsie in 2005 and Ceremony, Converge, Coliseum, Rise and Fall in Lemoyne, PA in 2009.
E&D: How did you get into punk and hardcore in the first place?
Sara: It’s hard to pinpoint. I was into some metal stuff when I was younger, and I guess just seeing things on TV or from reading music magazines I found out about some bands. Sometimes I’d go to the music store at the mall and pick out cool looking CDs and compilations from the metal/alternative section. Then I eventually found an online forum pahardcore (now Stereokiller) where I found out about a bunch of bands.
E&D: What does punk and hardcore mean to you today and is that still the same?
Sara: Punk and hardcore mean everything to me. It gives me a sense of being separate from the rest of society.
E&D: What are your all time top five hardcore and punk Records of all time?
Sara: This is way too hard. Here are five that I super love.
Botch – We Are the Romans
Turmoil – The Process Of…
Mind Eraser – Glacial Reign
Converge – Jane Doe
Pissed Jeans – King of Jeans
E&D: Which newer punks and hardcore bands would you recommend for us to check out?
Sara: Initiate, Enemy, and Smut are all incredible Southern California based bands. But I also want to shout out everything on Convulse Records and the rest of our Denver crew, Product Lust, Candy Apple and Faim.
E&D: How is life on Southern Lord Records and how did you come to sign to the label?
Sara: It’s been a great experience working with everyone at Southern Lord. Greg reached out to us and we formed a relationship that led to us signing to the label.
E&D: What have been some of the most memorable moments in your time with Entry so far?
Sara: I just love being in the band with Clayton, Chris, and Sean. All of our tours have been memorable to me. We’ve had a ton of cool shows in the LA area with bands I never thought I’d play alongside. Making friends has definitely been one of the best things about being in Entry.