Catching up with Trey from Entertainment
Updated: Feb 10, 2021
Having loved the band's 2008 album, Gender, we were more than excited to hear new music from Entertainment in the form of the newest single Maggot Church. We caught up with Trey recently to discuss their newest material and what the band's been up to.
What do you feel is the best song you’ve ever released and why?
Honestly, I think our best songs are still unreleased. We have an up-coming single titled “An Alter (of Remembrance)” that I keep coming back to. It's softer and slightly more musical, definitely a direction I’d like us to move toward. I tend to go so dark, and I’m learning to move away from that and into something more emotional, less traumatic. I have a huge love of sophisti-pop bands like Japan, The Blue Nile, ABC, Bryan Ferry, Active Child, Rhye, mid 80’s Psychedelic Furs, etc, and “Alter” pulls more from those types of styles. Still dark, but getting there.
What drew you to the music industry?
Music just found its way out of me, there was nothing that was thought about it. Maybe the belief that it was bigger than it is, and that it mattered on a cultural level, and when I got too close to it I realized how destructive it can be.
Who or what are you inspired by?
The things I always come back to are things like existentialism, Kafka, Camus, Celine, 80’s sci-fi and horror, fetishism, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Bass guitar, ceremony, witchcraft, Expressionism, loneliness, thoughts at 3am, regret...
Is your family musical?
Not overtly. My father did perform in musicals in high school, and both my parents have love of music. No one has actively pursued it but me.
How has it been working together during this pandemic? Being such a live centric band, how are you coping with it?
We’re just catching up on finishing a ton of demos and previously recorded work. We haven’t been together at all with the exception of shooting a few videos. Mainly I’ve been trying to learn how to properly mix and master music. We needed to be forced off the stage, we were existing as a live band for so long and neglecting a lot of other things.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
I’d destroy mainstream writing by committee.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
“You can’t save everyone.”
You guys are based in Atlanta, how have you seen the music scene change since you started?
It’s getting smaller, but more open and diverse at the same time. But for the most part Atlanta is a mainstream town, very surface and subject to hype. It seems very passive to me.
It’s been a while since you released anything. Fill us in on what you’ve been doing since you released your masterpiece Gender?
We toured for 2-3 years behind Gender, trying to get it out there. In weird ways we did, in very naive ways we didn’t.
When we got back we collapsed. But in the process we got to open for very eclectic bands like TV on the Radio, Glass Candy, Nina Hagen, and White Ring. We recorded a follow up album to Gender for Disaro records and shelved it. Suffered a loss of faith, a lot of insecurity, had a nervous breakdown, started working to build an indie-goth scene in Atl through DJ nights and booking bands like Eva O, Ash Code, and Actors. And touring with Modern English in between writing.
What are some of your favorite shows you’ve done in the last few years?
Playing with Actors and Ash Code was a lot of fun, seeing the audience for this type of stuff grow. Obviously the shows with Modern English top everything. Opening for Eva O definitely.
I know you’ve done some work with Tom Ashton (Clan of Xymox, March Violets, and Sisters of Mercy), particularly on Maggot Church. How did that come about?
I met Tom at a Peter Murphy show at Terminal West through a mutual friend, then again at the March Violets show at Masquerade, that’s when it made sense to me that he lived here.
We were struggling with how to wrap up some old recordings we’d been working on, basically recording and destroying them over the past few years. Kris Sampson, who had done a lot of good work on Gender, had helped us a lot, and we had a really strong template, but we needed a sympathetic ear to move it forward. So I reached out to Tom, and brought our tracks into his studio in Athens for touch up mixes and mastering. The stuff coming out now, is that work. Next year we’ll probably give him the keys to shape our sound more fully.
The music scene in the United States, specifically, has changed quite a bit since Entertainment started. Few U.S. bands have carried the Deathrock torch like you have. The U.S. scene is definitely experiencing a resurgence. Have any of those bands caught your attention?
There’s a very strong local South East scene with bands like Tears for the Dying, Hip to Death, Delphine Coma, Vincas, and Vision Video, Feather Trade when they are here. But I haven’t heard anyone doing what we do. There are scene bands I enjoy listening to, but nothing that touches me deeply.
A lot of the bands we booked and played with we love, but honestly, Bari listens to a lot of World Music and the modern stuff I listen to is far removed, like Choir Boy and Rhye, the new Psychedelic Furs album was amazing, Suede’s new material is incredible, a lot of stuff on Italians Do It Better, I’m very picky and hard to please. Dark Room by Choir Boy is probably the most meaningful song I’ve listened to in recent years.
Atlanta has such amazing food, what are some of your favorite places around town and what do you like?
I wish I knew, it’s been a year since I ate out anywhere. But I’m either very bougie when it comes to food, or I want it off the street. The places I remember are Bocado, Optimist, Le Fat, Book House, Apres Diem mainly for the atmosphere. Bari likes Octopus bar, Staplehouse, Banshee, Gunshow, there’s so many places.
If you could read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I can’t, but if I had to right now, The Petting Zoo by Jim Carroll
This has been a stressful year to say the least. I’ve personally found it difficult to unwind. How do you like to relax?
Honestly sitting in the dark with all the blinds open staring at the skyline and listening to music with the door shut. Falling silently into my mind. Overwhelmed by music and feeling the mystery and loneliness of the city radiating through the glass.
Maggot Church was a much anticipated release, what’s next for Entertainment?
2 more singles with remixes, and a 2 part EP called Horror Part 1 & 2, new recordings at SubVon studio in Athens, if the digital releases go well, new vinyl, if not, then getting us to the platform we deserve.
Check out the video below for Maggot Church and Purchase below on bandcamp