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 saxophonist Klem Klimick, bassist Lenny Bradford and guitarist/keyboards/vocalist Alex Howland. Veterans all, their collective resume includes stints with such diverse players as Chuck Berry, Flor De Cana, Southside Johnny, Gil Scott-Heron, Carly Simon and NRBQ.
Entrain has recorded five 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….everything goes, anything goes,” explains Major. As Sam Holmstock says, “The most important thing that we try to do with our music is bring everybody together.” Entrains latest record “Entrain Live: Vol 1/Rise Up!” has done just that, enjoying 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.
Entrains visibility was increased even more this past year, because 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, Greatful 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.”