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Entropy

Ellsworth, Maine, United States

Ellsworth, Maine, United States
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Ellsworth, Maine, USA

Ellsworth, Maine, USA

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There’s a reason classic rock is called classic rock. Bands come and go, fads explode and then disappear, and hairstyles go from long to short to long again, but no matter what — Led Zeppelin will always be there for you. Jimi Hendrix lives on. Creedence sounds as awesome now as it did 40 years ago.

And just when I start to lose my faith, and think that all the kids these days like is bad modern rock and even worse pop stars, there comes along a group of teenagers such as the guys in Entropy, a band of Ellsworth High School students who understand just what it means to rock.

“We all really, really love classic rock,” said Justin Chamberlain, lead guitarist. “AC/DC, the Stones, Led Zep. That’s it. We’re a bunch of rockers. We listen to them, and we think, ‘Man, I hope someday we can be like that.’”

OK, sure, they might not ever reach Who-like levels of fame, but Chamberlain, singer Spence Small, drummer Tyler Small, bass player Brendon Bouchard and rhythm guitarist John Keith are well on their way to a long life of rockin’. Entropy two weeks ago won the 25th annual Reindeer Rock Off, a Portland-based statewide competition that each year picks the best teenage band in the state.

Against all odds, Entropy won while pitted against 18 other bands — all based on the strength of their songs and their sheer rock power — which must be quite mighty, considering the obstacles they had to dodge to make the whole thing happen in the first place.

“Our music director at Ellsworth High, Mr. Fraser, handed us a flier about it, and we just decided to give it a shot,” said Chamberlain. “This was after we lost our old drummer, too, and we added our new drummer, Tyler. So it was kind of a really fast thing. We recorded a demo the day before the first round. Spence and I drove down to Portland from Ellsworth in the middle of a snowstorm to get it there in time.”

Entropy’s story of unlikely victory gets even better, though.

“We didn’t even get into the second round of the competition, because part of the score was on your marketability, and we didn’t even have T-shirts,” said Chamberlain. “The coolest thing was that by pure luck, one of the bands that did get picked had to drop out because their lead singer had to go on a family vacation. So we got to compete after all. It was awesome.”

From there on out, it was gravy, since the final round, during which just six bands competed, was judged solely on live performance and songwriting — the two things Entropy excel at the most, considering the founding members of the band, Chamberlain, Spence Small and Bouchard have been playing together since sixth grade.

“One of the songs we played at the show we had written literally the night before, called ‘Never Be the Same,” said Chamberlain. “We wrote it in our hotel room. We felt like rock stars.”

Entropy won $1,000 from the Reindeer Rock Off, and the distinction of being named the Best Young Band in Maine. What are they doing with their winnings? Well, after buying some needed musical equipment, Bouchard, Chamberlain and Spence Small bought tickets to see AC/DC in Boston this summer.

The band is also getting ready to enter the studio this summer, to record a real album at last, after all members but Tyler Small (a 14-year-old phenom on the drums) graduate from high school. And that’s also in between all those new gigs Entropy has lined up. They’ve got two just this Saturday, at a fundraiser and a private party. Rock ’n’ roll is alive and well, folks. At least, as long as the kids keep believin’. - Bangor Daily News


ENTROPY, a neo-classic rock quintet from Ellsworth HS, earned the title of Best Young Band in the State of Maine Sunday when Reindeer Records presented its 25th -- and final-Annual Rock-Off competition at McAuley Performing Arts Center in Portland.

An enthusiastic crowd of about 300 fans, friends and family members of all sizes and ages were on hand to show their support for this year's finalists that also included CROSSED OUT (Gorham HS), AUXILIARY (Massabesic HS), DYSFUNKTIONAL MAYHEM (Deering, Casco Bay, Portland, Cheverus and Lake Region), INTRODUCING... (Windham HS) and SINGLE HANDED (Bonny Eagle).

The show kicked off with a guest performance by Jordan Stowell of IN THE AUDIENCE, a whimsical rock act from Portland, and concluded with a crowd-pleasing appearance by THE SHAMS, a band that competed in Rock-Offs 21 and 22. THE SHAMS reunited just for the historic finale, paying tribute to the stage that helped launch their popularity.

Rock-Off Master of Ceremonies Ryan Woodbury, a senior from Gray-New Gloucester HS, entertained the audience mid-way with his brand of acoustic pop.

The Annual Rock-Off Awards Presentation provided an opportunity to recognize many bands and individual musicians for outstanding efforts in numerous categories. [Complete list is attached].

Presenting ENTROPY with the last-ever Rock-Off title was David Ames, a well-known local working musician who was a member of the Bonny Eagle HS band AMBUSH, the very first Rock-Off winners in 1983.

Band members include: Brendon Bouchard - bass/vocals; Justin Chamberlain - lead guitar/vocals; John Keefe - guitar; Spencer Small - lead vocals; and Tyler Small - drums. - Mainetoday.com


Many teenagers dream of starting rock bands.

Some do, rocking the walls of their parents’ basements and garages. Few continue on to larger venues.

The five Ellsworth High School students who form the band Entropy are the exception. They have already sampled the limelight and are hungry for more.

They have twice won the Battle of the Bands at The Grand in Ellsworth. On April 19, they nabbed the title of the best young band in the state at the Reindeer Rock-Off in Portland.

The group beat 18 other high school bands for the title.

“We are very classic rock influenced with a slightly like modern edge,” said lead guitarist Justin Chamberlain.

Band members count AC/DC and Led Zeppelin among their greatest influences. Members include Chamberlain, Brendon Bouchard on bass guitar, John Keefe on rhythm guitar, Tyler Small on drums and Spencer Small performing vocals.

It all started in eighth grade, when Spencer Small, Bouchard and Chamberlain, now high school seniors, decided to form a band. Their first big break wasn’t until 2007, when they won the Battle of the Bands. The event pits 10 or so local bands against each other. The win raised the band’s local profile, and members started getting paid to perform at parties and events.

Winning the Rock-Off has built on that success. The 25-year-old event, which ended this year, aimed to draw attention to aspiring young musicians.

Entropy earned $1,000 and the title of the Best Young Band in the State of Maine.

Members also picked up awards for songwriting, originality, guitar, original material and vocals.

They followed their Rock-Off victory with a second win at the Battle of the Bands May 23.

Band members hope their music will outlast their high school careers. Four members will graduate this month.

Rhythm guitarist Keefe is bound for the Navy, but the other members will remain in the area.

Chamberlain said they will keep on playing.

“I think we’re gaining a following,” he said. - Ellsworth American


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Nothing Is Sacred- Album set for June 20, 2010 release

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We are highly influenced by the classic and modern rock genres. Some our greatest influences include Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Who, Foreigner, Foo Fighters, and JET. In fact, these very influences are easily distinguishable in a lot of our own music.

Entropy began as a simple beginner side project in our 8th grade year, back in 2004. It didn't go far, really, until a few years and lineup changes later in 2007, where we entered into the local battle of the bands. We ended up winning, being told our musicianship and stage performance is amazing by almost everybody who got to see the show. With this in mind, we began to practice more, learn more songs and get more gigs.

A couple years later, in 2009, we entered into a sponsored statewide two-round battle of the bands. 18 bands fought for 6 positions in the finals. We didn't end up making it into the finals because of a lack of merchandise, but through a stroke of luck, were called back a few days later and asked to replace a band that dropped out. When the finals kicked around, we played our best show, and ended up winning the competition, winning $1000, and naming us the "Best Young Band in Maine."