When it comes to the appeal of clowns, opinions are often divided. However, not all clowns terrifyingly linger in sewers or peddle happy meals. Entangados is a fast-paced multi-instrumental band that melds styles from its cultural ties while injecting irreverent social commentary into its music. They also have cornered a unique aesthetic approach, by performing dressed as clowns.
The band’s roots trace back 13 years ago in Argentina. Initially starting as an acoustic duo with nothing but a guitar and accordion, the band has since blossomed into a full ensemble. The group’s musical style matches their upbeat and frantic stage presence. Borrowing from two distinct techniques, Quadetra, a fast-paced dancing tempo originating from the Argentinian city of Cordoba, and the Cumbia rhythm, which incorporates weighty high-energy percussive beats.
When it comes to the issue of the Spanish lyrics, the band isn’t all that concerned with their message and style not coming across.
“There is always great reactions to our shows in North America, regardless of language one way or another you understand it visually,” says band member Daniel Cryderman.
This visual advantage comes heavily from their clown personas, as Entangados employs a unique approach when it comes to commanding an audience.
“It’s almost like you’re wearing a mask, and when you’re wearing a mask you really get to be yourself,” says Cryderman of his stage attire.
Cryderman has been performing with the band for several years as a trombonist and often observes how they stand out from the rest of the music community. He initially saw the group perform in Mexico and knew that he wanted to be a part of its rare form of performance. After playing a few shows with them he was invited by the group’s founder and lead singer, Demian Escribano, to join their tour.
“He told me that they were going across Mexico on tour and said ‘there’s one seat left. It’s for you if you want to join,’” says Cryderman.
Since then he has been travelling with the group for years frequently lending his talents to the band.
The subject matter in Entangados’ music works in tandem with their jester like image and pokes fun at numerous elements of new age styles and spirituality. Songs like “Yoga Adicto” (Yoga Addict) plays on the phrase “Droga Adicto” (Drug Addict). Often the band tinkers with topics spanning modern obsessions and isn’t afraid to utilize observational humour in its sound.
“That’s the thing about being a clown, you can get away with saying things that you wouldn’t normally get to say looking like a regular person. You can be inflammatory and political,” says Cryderman.
Cryderman champions Entangados’ sound as being “fun, communal and super inclusive” in its comic approach, ensuring that the audience gets in on the joke as much as the band.
“I think being a clown helps when it comes to interacting with people. I mean we usually end up leading conga lines with the audience,” he explains.
Entangados promises a lively performance with all the fun that comes with the red nosed nature of its characters. By incorporating not only a rare sound but also a knack for cooperation with their listeners, they are sure to provide a serenading circus.
Wed., July 19 (8 pm)
Entangados w/ Klusterfunk and ERP Odyssey
The Needle Vinyl Tavern, $5