Here’s their debut album Detriment in numbers: nine songs, 15 minutes, zero prisoners. It’s high-wire stuff to play with this level of intensity and outright belligerence, but they have it down in a way few bands have done since San Francisco’s Punch hung it up almost a decade ago. “I never really feel like we have to pull anything off, you know what I mean? We just kind of all go in with a different style and figure out how to put it together,” Sara says.
Entry's existence stems from a chance meeting. While on tour as Code Orange’s merch person / driver, Sara and the band crashed at Touché Amoré guitarist Clayton Stevens’ place in LA. The two became fast friends and soon began trading ideas while she was still living in Pittsburgh. Their first demo landed in 2013 and Sara eventually made the move west permanently, bringing together the line-up as we know it now – completed by bassist Sean Sakamoto and drummer Chris Dwyer – around five years ago. These days, they are locked in as a unit.
“I wouldn't say that writing really takes too long,” Sara says. “Clayton and Sean will go in, one plays off the other, and all of a sudden a song is done. You're like, ‘Okay, that was pretty great. Let's move on to the next one.’”
Cutting back against the barrage of noise is Sara’s consistently punishing performance. Lyrically, she charges from misinformation and the fractured political state of the U.S. to the process of moving on from trauma, bringing each line crashing into the world with gut-wrenching vibrancy. “I think using my show mic helps me,” she explains. “I just use the same one that I play with, and it gets me in that headspace.
“I enjoy the process of everyone else recording, going through that and helping to produce the record. But when it comes to vocals, I hate it. It's hard to not be super critical. It doesn't matter that much, but I'll hear something, my voice will crack, or whatever. A couple months later, I'm like, ‘Oh, this sounds pretty good, actually.’ It's tough. But we get through it.”