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"My brother passed away a little while ago and it was a great shock to my family," she said, still tearing up a bit about the 2003 death of her brother Luciano. "So I couldn't stay around here and I went to Kentucky, and while I was there, just healing, you know, just playing the violin, I just thought I would learn to play fiddle. While I was there I was just recording myself, I didn't think too much about what I was doing. I wanted to continue playing music, but just not the bass at that moment. And then someone heard these tapes I had made, really liked them. A solo album came out, Songs for Luci . I sing too, but it's mainly violin, drums here and there. To tell you the truth, I didn't know what I was doing. I did whatever was natural to me. Never thinking no one was ever gonna hear it. I did it to keep my senses occupied and for my healing, to get on with that.
"Anyway, last August I got a phone call saying there's a movie coming out now in May called Everything Must Go with Will Ferrell, and they're using one of the tracks in the end credits, I think." The movie is based on Raymond Carver's short story "Why Don't You Dance?"
The recordings on Songs for Luci — intimate and immediate, spontaneous and true — are of a piece with the kind of music Lenchantin has been listening to in preparation for the new Entrance Band record and shows. "I've been listening to a lot of mixtapes that are made by Mississippi Records," she said, referring to the lovingly curated selections of old recordings put out by the Portland, Ore., label. The Entrance Band tour vehicles have been grooving to music from Thailand, Link Wray and Thelonious Monk.
"There's an influence, obviously, that we all can relate to by listening," Lenchantin said. "We all love similar things and we are all pretty similar in our tastes, which is one of our unions. So obviously we are westernized, coming fundamentally from the blues architecture but incorporating other sounds from other parts of the world or things we're into, be it rhythms or chords or harmonies. But yeah, chord structures: Music is very similar to architecture. It's a sound architecture."
THE ENTRANCE BAND performs a Thursday residency at the Satellite on March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. Every set will be different. 1717 Silverlake Blvd., Silver Lake. (323) 661-4380, thesatellitela.com.