Entry is a Los Angeles-based hardcore band, whose roots stretch back to Pennsylvania. Co-founded by vocalist Sara G. and guitarist Clayton Stevens (Touche Amore), they exist to play some of the most ripping and diverse hardcore out there. On their new album, Detritment, out now on Southern Lord, the band, which also features bassist Sean Sakamoto and drummer Chris Dwyer, blaze through nine tracks in 15 minutes. It’s fast, furious and to the point, but still manages to find time to be diverse. It’s a credit to the band, that they can pack so many different musical ideas into such a short run time. This isn’t your standard, by-the-numbers hardcore.
Since, we’re really hyped about the band and their new album, we decided to send Sara G. and Stevens some questions and below are their answers.
In a world full of copycats, Entry stand apart as a true original in hardcore music. They’re the cure for the common hardcore band.
The new album, Detriment, is fast, ferocious and to the point, yet it also contains a variety of styles over its nine tracks. Was it your intention to write songs this short and diverse, or was it just how it turned out?
Clayton Stevens (CS): Closer to just how it turned out. There is definitely intention behind what we do and part of that is trying to be direct and aggressive. To me it’s all punk and hardcore in the end. We try not to think too hard about it.
What were you trying to address in the lyrics?
Sara G. (SG): The lyrics address both personal and broader issues. Some of the songs are about moving forward from trauma and regaining control of my life. I thought I was going to stay away from that on this record, but it turns out I couldn’t. Some of the other songs address unfairness in the legal system and the divisiveness of politics.
What is the significance of the album title? Does it connect to the lyrics on the album?
SG: “Detriment” directly connects with the lyrics of every song in a different way. The one thing that each of these songs has in common is that they’re about something that I consider to be a detriment to either myself or society as a whole.
Detriment also contains a stunning cover. Who did the cover? What does the cover represent? Were you going for symbolism with it?
SG: The album art was a collaboration between photographer Katie Krulock and Emma Maatman, the art director at Southern Lord. The art is definitely symbolic. The photos represent a physical manifestation of the emotions and energy of the music. The two of them did an incredible job putting everything together.
Clayton, how did you end up in the band? I can imagine under normal circumstances you are very busy with Touche Amore. Is this your way to be in a bad ass hardcore band the way, your TA band mate, Jeremy Bolm, is in Hesitation Wounds?
CS: I started the band with Sara as an outlet for our mutual love of hardcore. TA does keep me busy but to be honest It really has nothing to do with Entry. I treat every project as its own labor of love. It’s not to be tough or bad ass or anything like that, for me It’s a genuine outlet that I need to express. It’s a privilege to play with everyone in the band.
What’s it like being a hardcore band in Los Angeles? How does living in LA influence your music?
SG: Being in a hardcore band in LA is both awesome and challenging. I moved here a few years ago not really knowing anyone. I quickly found that there are a million great bands and a ton of shows all the time, so I definitely felt like a small fish. I didn’t know how to even get my band on a show at that point. Over time that has gotten a bit easier. One con for me is that we all live pretty spread out, so practicing can be a little challenging and tiring. It’s such a big city so I’m sure many other people are in a similar situation. Aside from that, I do like being an LA band. It’s pretty awesome that we are able to play shows with completely different bands all the time, and there are always new people at shows.
I’ve lived in a lot of cities and towns, all on the East Coast or in the Midwest until now. West coast punk/hardcore is unique. I think our band really does show the mix of our influences, but Clayton and Sean grew up here, and I think the songs they write really showcase that.
What do you get out of being in a hardcore band? How is it important to you?
SG: Being in a hardcore band gives me a feeling that I have never found anywhere else. It’s so cathartic. It’s really important to me because I am not the greatest at expressing my feelings; I’ve always been quite timid. It’s totally different for me when I’m writing lyrics or playing a show. I feel like I can really let it out.
How are you, and the band, coping with life under the pandemic? Are you chomping at the bit to get out there and play some shows?
CS: Of course I miss playing shows. I haven’t gone this long without playing a show since I was maybe 15. Covid-19 exposed a lot of the evils and inequalities in our society to the mainstream and that awakening I think can be positive. So yes, I want to support this album that we worked so hard on and to help the people who helped us make that dream a reality, but I feel content to fight the fight against inequality right now. Punk is going nowhere and we will play again.
Buy Detriment here: https://southernlord.com/store/entry-detriment/