Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the OC Music Awards kicked off on January 4th with seven weeks of free showcases at different venues across the county. 35 local artists will compete for the titles of Best Live Band or Best Live Acoustic and a performance slot at the 2011 OC Music Awards, March 5 at the Grove of Anaheim. And, the voting is open now!
There are some bands that possess transporting qualities: whisking you away to the wind-swept Yorkshire Moors; putting pen in palm while you poetically lament a rain-drenched afternoon in a Manchester café; or sending you to a gig at a London club to see a sweeping, stylish buzzband. This band could easily be Orange County quartet, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Entice[/lastfm].
Drenched in intoxicating Brit rock guitar chords and reflective lyrics, Entice is spatially a Southern Californian band, but energetically an earnest anglophile’s dream. Like a chill, dreamy morning or a moment of yearning over a cup of tea, Entice create moody melodies lightened by the slow pour of a heavy sonic cream.
Even though they share the same name as a hardcore band, Entice self-identifies as a post-grunge, Britpop sounding band, albeit with what they call a “toothy” edge that separates them from the masterful, yet prodigal melody purveyors whom they respect like“[lastfm link_type="artist_info"] Coldplay[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Radiohead[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Death Cab For Cutie[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Muse[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Keane[/lastfm].”
[pullquote quote="We want to be the artists that we are and hopefully our music is good enough that everybody appreciates it" credit="Tony Chopp"]
Growing up loving many of these bands, lead singer Isaac Leland formed Entice starting with only himself and tried out eight different members before he settled on Tony Chopp (guitar, vocals), Kevin Doyle (drums, vocals), and Kevin Brunhober (bass, vocals).
This tightly-knit version of Entice forms a perfectly structured quartet of hard-working musicians that boast stark similarities to British hit makers like Coldplay with their introspective, anthemic piano tones; [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Doves[/lastfm] with their sophisticated dream pop; and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Travis[/lastfm]with their bittersweet lyrical melancholy. Dance tracks like “Who’s Got Your Money” have a similar quality to the stylish, punctuated new wave pop of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Franz Ferdinand[/lastfm].
Entice aptly describes their arena-level volume as a “major label sound,” although they have yet to be signed and are looking for a new producer to record their plethora of catalogued songs. Chopp elaborated:
“We’re working on new music now, mostly. That’s like our big thing. “
“That’s kind of our mission right now: to just crank out as many demos as we can and then go back and listen to them. Because at least for me, it’s really hard to disconnect yourself from the songwriting process and hear a song for the first time. When you’re writing it, you’re so involved in writing it, it’s like the best thing ever, you know?”
“It’s hard to get that first impression of it again, so we’re cataloguing demos by the stockpile….Tons of successful artists do it in all walks of life…To be a prolific creator is part of what it takes…So now we have this big pile of songs that we hope to go back to before we record in the studio to make an EP or an album or whatever it is. We are going to have that fresh listen.”
Leland agreed, saying:
“You listen to Radiohead and you go, ‘Ok. That guy just wrote that. That band just wrote that and that’s completely their inspiration, where they want to take it, but they’re not trying to do anything for anyone else.’ You listen to a lot of songs nowadays and you go, ‘That’s sugary pop. They’re just catering to a market. We don’t want that. We want to be the artists that we are and hopefully our music is good enough that everybody appreciates it. We sure as hell feel that way.”
As a multi-competition winning band that have toured throughout the country, including for Warped Tour, Entice undoubtedly makes music that “is good enough that everybody appreciates it”–even if they sacrificed monetary gain and hygiene for their musical dreams. Leland explained:
“We played Warped Tour but we were paying our own way through it. If we did good at a stop, great. We got a bunch of extra money. But most of the time we didn’t.”
“It’s just like a big vacation. A dirty one at that…We didn’t actually shower in an actual shower. We’d find hotel pools, put soap all over our bodies, and just jump in them…We were always late–and this was on Warped tour–we were supposed to leave that night and get to the venue early and set up in the morning. But we’d always party and stay up too late and wouldn’t have time to really stop anywhere or shower or anything, so when we were driving past a hotel and saw a pool, we’d jump in.”
[pullquote quote="Just do your own thing, do it the best you can, and go about life with an attitude that anything that happens to you, you gotta come at it with a positive attitude" credit="Isaac Leland"]
While the band are ready to jump into the studio and record their potential mainstream breakthrough album, Entice are also trying to cultivate more artistic soul, or jouissance, to bring “more life” to their finished product. Chopp said the new stuff is “more inspired and passionate,” and more succinctly, edgier:
“I would use one word: edgier. It’s like the same idea but it’s got a harder edge. A good modern feel. We haven’t redefined what we do, but we’re pushing the boundaries so to speak and trying new things. The stuff that’s coming out is still Entice with a little more tooth.”
Leland also agreed that Entice’s sound has developed and grown for the positive:
“Every single CD that we’ve made is just leaps and bounds better than the other one. Like I said, I just started a band just like any other kid that wants to start a band. Didn’t know anything about sound. Just knew how to play my instruments and sing. It just developed over time.”
“My whole thing about writing lately is just about being myself. Don’t try to reach for anything that you think is going to be the best. Just be yourself.”
“You listen to all the biggest bands and all the biggest artists; that is completely them just totally being themselves in their writing and doing what they feel is right and hoping that people will like it.”
“Just do your own thing, do it the best you can, and go about life with an attitude that anything that happens to you, you gotta come at it with a positive attitude.”
[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Entice[/lastfm]-”The Watchman”
The 2011 Showcase Series runs every Tuesday night, January 4 -February 15 with stops at:
Five Showcase Series finalists in each live category will then move on to the Showcase Series Finals.
2011 Best Live Band winner will receive a performance slot on the four Southern Califonia Vans Warped Tour stops!
Night Five of the OC Music Awards Showcase Series features nominees for Best Live Band on Tuesday, February 1st at the Tiki Bar.
READ MORE INTERVIEWS ON KROQ.COM FROM SHOWCASE NIGHT 5 BANDS:
Friday, January 21st-She Screams Remedy
Saturday, January 22nd-Seedless
Sunday, January 23rd-Railroad to Alaska
Monday, January 24th- Pistolero
Tuesday, January 25th-Entice
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