“Waltzing with familiar ghosts” is an appropriate chorus for Gentry Blue’s third track on
their sharply titled EP, Pyrite and Steel, because the band draws influence from well-known
names in rock and roll: Janis Joplin, Rush, Pearl Jam, amongst others. But Gentry Blue dances
through these muses with their own splash of style, complete with insistent guitar riffs from
Travis Fairley, complimenting Lydia Gentry’s slicing electric violin. It’s something you don’t
hear from many modern rock groups, the addition of this electrified classical instrument, but
along with the slap of Jo Jeffries’ bass and Brendan “Debo” DeBonis’ steady drumbeat, it makes
for an altogether sonic encapsulation of the word unique. Heard on tracks like the aggressive
“Cutthroat” and the pondering “What Lies on the Other Side,” the band muses on existential
questions and finds inspiration in the cosmos: Lydia’s tenor roars as she sings about black holes,
the glittering stars in the sky, and the fires of hell throughout the songs. “Downfall” and “Origins
of Your Heartbreak,” along with “Familiar Ghosts,” take on these same themes, but they are
laced with the yearning to understand and discover the nuances of relationships.
Once you’re in the zone of Pyrite and Steel, it’s hard to escape the mesmerizing beats and
creative intertwining of lyric and melody. When you hear it, though, you just know Gentry Blue
is going somewhere: to the galactic stages of rock and roll infamy.
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Lead Vocals and Electric Violin
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Influences - Janis Joplin, Rush, Florence + the Machine, The Killers, Muse
Influences - AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, ZZ Top, Chuck Berry
Influences - Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin
Influences - Queen, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, Pearl Jam, Hozier