The Bowery Presents
Mikal Cronin

Mikal Cronin

The Entrance Band, Special Guest, Nude Beach

Wed, December 11, 2013

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Webster Hall

New York, NY

$15 advance / $17 day of show

This event is 18 and over

Mikal Cronin
Mikal Cronin
Mikal Cronin’s self-titled debut from 2011 was all about endings: the end of college, the end of a serious relationship, and the end of his time in Los Angeles, where he grew up. So it’s no surprise that his sophomore release MCII—and first disc for Merge Records—is all about new beginnings.

“Since the first record came out, my life has changed quite a bit,” Cronin says, referencing his move to San Francisco and tours with Ty Segall as well as with his own band. “I was presented with a whole new slew of problems and situations that I was trying to work through.” “Am I Wrong” and “Shout It Out” dissect his fears over a new relationship, while “I’m Done Running from You” and “Weight” find him freaking out about what it means to grow up in the 21st century.

Recorded in late 2012 by Eric Bauer at Bauer Mansion in San Francisco (except for “Don’t Let Me Go” which was recorded by Cronin at home), MCII includes guest appearances by K. Dylan Edrich (viola and violin on “Peace of Mind” and “Change”), Charles Moothart (drums on “Change” and “Turn Away”), Ty Segall (guitar solos on “Am I Wrong” and “I’m Done Running from You”), and Petey Dammit (slide guitar on “Peace of Mind”).

Other than these few exceptions, Cronin played all of the instruments. “It all makes total sense to me, but when I step back, it sounds kind of schizophrenic,” Cronin says. “Hopefully it all sounds enough like me to make sense.”
The Entrance Band
The Entrance Band
Depending on which syllable you prefer to accent, 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. What began as a solo effort for the Baltimore-bred Blakeslee now manifests itself as a fully aligned group effort, now native to California – three minds, alike yet unique, united in pursuit of shared sonic enchantment, amplified and energetic.

That energy has translated into a catalog of recorded expression – including a self-titled album released on Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace label, the 2012 Fine Flow EP and the 2013 EP Dans Le Tempete – 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 their new LP, Face the Sun – certainly the band's most compelling collection of songs to date. The first full-length in 4 years, it is an album built firmly upon notable personal struggles and transformations experienced by all three band members.

It's no exaggeration to say that The Entrance Band were unaware of the path ahead of them when they began recording Face the Sun – nor of whether the album or band would exist at all further down that path. The album emerges from a long tunnel of addiction, anxiety, sorrow and sadness. But in these hells exist the perspectives that allow for one – or in this case, three – to see their journey through, to willfully turn toward the light and take in the prism of paradise.

Face the Sun is a rare and remarkable collection of songs that recognizes and honors both sides of the journey toward the light – the glory and the gruesome. Through the music of The Entrance Band comes the realization that these two sides can't exist without the other, and their journey is one that unifies the light and the dark. The album is fully fitting of the title Face the Sun – forever burning with potentially dangerous warmth, yet endlessly illuminating.

Says Beyond Beyond is Beyond co-owner Dominique Miniaci of the recent signing, "As longtime fans of The Entrance Band, Mike (Newman) and I are psyched and honored to release their extraordinary new Face the Sun album! It radiates a next level of the Entrance sound and reveals the band in their finest space yet. You're gonna love it and that love will be requited–that's what really amazing albums do."
Special Guest
Special Guest
Nude Beach
Nude Beach
Chuck Betz, Ryan Naideau, and Jim Shelton have been performing as Nude Beach since 2008. Their previous album, II, lead to them working with Tom Scharpling on a music video and touring with The Men and Roky Erickson. On 77, Nude Beach occupy a unique rock ‘n’ roll plane of existence that finds harmony between radio-friendly giants like Tom Petty and reclusive underground kooks like Bill Fox. As a trio of musicians, they are loose without lapsing into sloppiness, earnest sans cheese, knowledgeable minus pretension. Over the course of a set as the band whips from one song to the next, they will echo the tones and moods of Springsteen, The Only Ones, The Flamin’ Groovies, The Replacements, and Badfinger, as well as anyone who released a record on Sire between ’77 and ’81. But when three people have been playing together in a band for as long as Nude Beach has, they begin to substitute influence for telepathy. Betz’s wailing Telecaster never collides with Naideau’s thrilling drum fills or Shelton’s nimble bass lines; call their brand of rock ‘n’ roll whatever you like, but it’s never short of eloquent, ingeniously performed and classically constructed.
Venue Information:
Webster Hall
125 East 11th Street
New York, NY, 10003
http://www.websterhall.com/