Epic in sound and kaleidoscopic in vision, the eclectic Martha's Vineyard-based six piece Entrain has been thrilling critics and fans alike since it's inception.
Formed by drummer Tom Major in 1993, Entrain is also conga/djembe/trombonist Sam Holmstock. Joining them is bassist Lenny Bradford,
lead vocalist/guitarist/keyboards Jeff Clark , saxaphonist Phillip Young and guitarist Johnny Trama. Veterans all, their collective resume includes stints with such diverse players as Bo Diddley, Carly Simon, Chuck Berry, Southside Johnny, Sam Kinninger, John Browns Body, Flor De Cana, and Blood Sweet and Tears.
Entrain has recorded seven albums, available on Dolphin Safe Records, all of which have been praised for their ability to shift effortlessly between musical styles - from rock, blues, calypso and ska, to zydeco, jazz and funk - often within the same song."The whole Entrain concept is based around the drums and infectious rhythms. Once we've got that.... anything goes, everything goes," explains Major. As Sam Holmstock says, "The most important thing that we try to do with our music is bring everybody together in the spitit of peace, love, fun and a ton of drums!" Entrain's lastest record "Entrain 7-Just a Matter of Time!" has enjoyed heavy rotation in such trendsetter markets as Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New England, Upstate New York, Aspen, Santa Fe, Houston, Cincinnati, and Nashville, among others and climbing important industry trade charts like those in CMJ, Album Network, FMQB, and The Gavin Report.
Entrain's visibility has increased recently, as their song "Dancin' in The Light" has been featured in a national TV and radio commercial for The Sylvania Light Company. Also several tracks from their fourth CD "All One" are featured in the Artisan film"Cutaway", an action-thriller starring Stephen Baldwin, Tom Berrenger and Dennis Rodman. "Cutaway" premiered in May 2001 to strong reviews at the Cannes Film Festival. Producer Richard Glasser personally chose to feature "All One's" Shimmering title track prominently in the film. In addition the anthemic "Arm Yourself" and the ska tinged "Jolly Green Giant" (also taken from "All One") are included in the film.
Since it's inception, Entrain has jammed with the likes of singer/songwriter James Taylor, Grateful Dead Alum Bob Weir and rock legend Bo Diddley, Not to mention amateur saxophonist and professional leader of the Free World Bill Clinton. Entrain continues to perform as a hugely popular live act throughout the North East and Mid-Atlantic, and in 1995 the band garnered a Boston Music Award for Best Live Show. Before their appearance on the "Cutaway" soundtrack Entrain's music was used as the theme song for MTV's Real World Hawaii, While their t-shirts, bumper stickers and posters have been featured on the popular WB series "Buffy The Vampire Slayer." Entrain has also starred in and performed a memorable TV commercial for one of the nations leading furniture retailers, which aired during the 1999 Super Bowl.
But Entrain's goal is not just to be the biggest and the best, says Major, "We wanna create music that makes people feel good. When we look out from the stage, all we see is smiling faces and bodies moving. You can't beat that feeling. At the same time if we can help to make peace and love cool again... great! There's enough negativity in the world, let's spread a little joy around and whatch how infectious it can be."
01. Entrain Self-Titled CD
02. Entrain "Can U Get It" CD
03. Entrain "No Matter What" CD
04. Entrain All One CD
05. Rise Up: Live Volume I CD
06. Live Vol 2, Right Away People
07. Entrain 7 "Just a Matter of Time"
All of our CD's are available to purchase at Itunes and on our own website.
We do have tracks on our website and have had alot of radio airplay. Please visit our website for more information.
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Entrain is back with drums blazing as furious as ever! You'll find it hard to sit still during this ...Entrain is back with drums blazing as furious as ever! You'll find it hard to sit still during this tour-de-force of percussive rock music from one of the longest running bands in the HGMN.
Rhythms literally overwhelm you as this ensemble incorporates a worldwide litany of influences into a freight train of sound! Just a Matter of Time is right on time!
Lee Crumpton, , Homegrown Music Network, http://www.homegrownmusic.net/news-and-views/entra
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It's been 15 years, one island, five studio albums, two live albums, close to 2,000 shows, 22 states...It's been 15 years, one island, five studio albums, two live albums, close to 2,000 shows, 22 states, three countries (including China), four vans, three recreational vehicles, approximately 750,000 miles, and more than 23 band members.
Through it all, Entrain, arguably the most successful band in the Cape Cod area's music history, has persevered. It plays two shows today, this morning at the 22nd annual WMVY Big Chili Contest in Oak Bluffs, and tonight at the Cotuit Center for the Arts on Route 28.
The darlings of Martha's Vineyard released their fifth studio album in late December, seven years after their previous studio effort and two years after their second live album.
Titled "Entrain 7, Just a Matter of Time," the album features an entirely new lineup from previous recordings.
Now, according to band members, there is more energy and enthusiasm in the group than ever before.
"When someone leaves the band, its always difficult," band drummer and founder Tom Major said by phone this week from Florida. "Sometimes you feel like giving up, but that feeling usually lasts about a day, because this is too much fun. Entrain has become almost like an entity. It's larger than me or Sam (Holmstock, the only other member left from the band's original lineup) or anyone else. It just wants to keep going."
Entrain now features Major and Holmstock (on conga/djembe/trombonist), both from the Vineyard, and newcomers Lenny Bradford from Pottstown, Pa., on bass; Phillip Young from Georgia on saxophone, keys, and percussion; Boston journeyman Johnny Trama on guitar; and Jeff Clark, the new 27-year-old lead vocalist from Key West, Fla.
And with the new blood, Entrain has new songs, new sounds and what is arguably its strongest release to date, maintaining its classic "Entrain sound" of heavy, rolling percussion complemented nicely by deep rhythmic horns and feel-good vibes, which is most evident on the inaugural track "Turn it On."
In addition to pleasing hard-core fans by staying true to its roots, the six-piece band has expanded its musical horizons further into world music on "Rollin' On," jam music on "Just a Matter of Time," reggae on "A Long Time Ago," funk on "All That Good," blues on "Got to Get Through to You," horn-fused country on "Sad Joe Zydeco," and even hip-hop on "Drums for Peace."
"It's working like a charm," Holmstock said. "The band is sounding better than ever. We've got the best voice we've ever had up front, and more energy on stage than we've ever had. I'm incredibly encouraged."
While holding its Cape Cod roots dear, Entrain plans to expand its fan base by doing fewer Cape shows and by hitting the road.
"This is our best batch of tunes, overall vibe, and message," Major said, referring to the band's new album and politics of peace and love. "I really believe that this band is one of the best in the country and should have the recognition and notoriety it deserves."
Clark added, "I'm ready for things to take off."
Matthew Burke Cape Cod Times, Cotuit Center for the Arts
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“On Friday, March 22 I saw perhaps the best live band I have ever seen. Entrain is a criminally unkn...“On Friday, March 22 I saw perhaps the best live band I have ever seen. Entrain is a criminally unknown band from Martha’s Vinyard, Massachusets. In the past, they have backed Bob Weir and they are Bo Diddley’s backing band when he plays in New England.
The evening started with Portland’s Greg Goodwill Band. Though he is a talented singer-songwriter/guitarist, Goodwill seemed to have a hard time connecting with the audience until the last five songs of his set.
Entrain hit the stage at around 10:00 with all six members playing assorted percussion on a rousing rendition of Mo’ Drums from their second disk, Can U Get It. Before the last beat could fade out, each band member went to his respective instrument and went into the Grateful Dead-like River Run.
The band played for nearly an hour-and-a-half without a break. At one point, saxophone player Klem Klimek went out into the audience and took a solo from the floor.
Musically, the band flowed seamlessley from Funk to Ska to African to Afro-Cuban to Zydeco to Folk Rock—all with a groove so infectous that you had no choice but to dance.
During the intermission, I got to talk to trombonist/percussionist Sam Holmstock. He informed me that guitarist/vocalist Chad Hollister and keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist Alex Howland had joined the band two weeks earlier. This is particularly amazing concidering how tight the band was. The band is rounded out by Tom Major on drums and Lenny ‘LB’ Bradford.
An Entrain show is a beautiful, tribal, positive, uplifting experience that shouldn’t be missed.”
Jayson Cornish, , April 2002 edition of Face Magazine