Most of the members of the rock band Entropy weren’t even out of high school yet when they got their first taste of the thrill of rock success. In 2007 they won the Battle of the Bands at The Grand in Ellsworth, and in 2009 they won the statewide Maine Reindeer Rock Off, competing in Portland against 18 other young bands.
Instead of going their separate ways after graduating from Ellsworth High School, as so many high school bands do, they hit the ground running. They got busy writing new songs, getting gigs all over Maine and eventually going into the studio to record a full-length album. “Color & Analyze” is due out in early May, and for a band that started because of a shared love of The Who, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC, it shows an impressive amount of growth and maturity.
“The whole thing has been a learning process,” said guitarist Justin Chamberlain. “We’ve worked really hard on revamping our sound, and trying to develop our own sound, even while kind of staying true to our classic rock roots. It sounds a lot more contemporary, while being based around the rock ’n’ roll riffs we all still love.”
Rockin’ Out last profiled Entropy in May 2009. Chamberlain, lead vocalist and sax player Spencer Small, bassist Brendon Bouchard and drummer Tyler Small were just starting to write their own songs. Now they have several albums worth of originals, many of which they’ve recorded in a studio in western Maine. Bands such as the Foo Fighters and the Kings of Leon have exerted a powerful influence on the four young musicians — their sense of melody, combined with a guitar crunch is something they’ve all taken to heart.
“I love the Foo Fighters, because they’re always progressing and changing their sound,” said Chamberlain. “That’s definitely something we are inspired by. Over the past two years, we’ve been taking apart all our songs and all the things we do and figuring out how we really wanted to sound. We’ve been honing our chops.”
The new album features songs like “Runnin’ Hot,” which combines a flamboyant Eddie Van Halen-style riff with a vocal performance from Spencer Small that recalls both Buckcherry and the Black Keys. “It Ain’t Me” would sound equally appropriate on an alternative rock radio station as it would classic rock, with a fun singalong chorus and chugging rhythmic foundation. These are four guys who take their rock ’n’ roll very seriously.
The band also has been getting very good practice by playing shows most weekends of the year, from bars to festivals. They’ll play both Friday and Saturday nights, March 25 and 26, at Carolina Sports and Spirits in Bangor. Having the opportunity to play out is crucial for young musicians, and Entropy has been reaping the rewards.
“I sense us getting tighter all the time,” said Chamberlain. “I think we do things now we’d never have done two years ago. We’re just better musicians. I think we’ve reached a point where we’re ready to take it to the next level.”
For more information on Entropy, visit entropyrockband.com.
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