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From: Vol. 2, Issue 38, September 20-26, 2007

By Tawnee Prazak
San Clemente Times

With two summers of the Vans Warped Tour under its belt, Entice jets overseas for the Summer Asia Tour

All it took was a fateful workout session at the San Clemente Gym for two old high school buddies to reconnect and venture into discussing their similar musical interests. “The same day we met at the gym, I went over to [Isaac Leland’s] house and we started jamming and making a song-we knew we would start a band then,” says keyboardist Rowan Fraser, 23, of the day he and singer/guitarist Leland, 20, came together. “That was the day Entice was born. But, I haven’t been back to that gym since.”

Now, two and a half years after the former San Clemente High School wrestlers joined forces, along with two others they picked up to complete Entice-drummer Luis Mancilla, 20, and bassist Kevin Brunhober, 18-the group recently embarked on its monthlong Summer Asia Tour in collaboration with MTV Japan.

During the tour, they’ll mostly be playing for U.S. military bases in countries including Japan, South Korea and Guam. And the trip, which they left for this week was a result of another fateful match up: A fan on Myspace contacted the group suggesting the tour would be a great idea in which oversea troops could enjoy music played by fellow Americans. So, after a little background checking and making sure it was legitimate, band manager John Keppler planned the tour.

It will be the biggest venture to date for the band members, who are all lifelong San Clemente residents, except Brunhober, who’s from Irvine, and are used to the likes of The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano and The Vault in Laguna Hills, as well as several road-trip shows they’ve done with the Vans Warped Tour the past two summers. “The Asia tour is huge,” says Leland. “It really feels like we’ve made it, and this will open doors.”

Not only are they looking forward to jam sessions in front of large crowds, this active group wants to make the most of a trip. “There’s a giant indoor wave that we’re going to surf on in Japan,” says Fraser. “And we really want to go surfing as much as we can in all the countries.” Guess that’s to be expected from the beach-town guys, who often paddle out in San Clemente and play beach volleyball and tennis.

But don’t get the wrong idea: When they’re not in the sun, Entice is hard at work in the studio, practicing about three times a week to improve their already unique and talent-laden sound. The band says its music is a combination of alternative-indie-rock-pop music, with the standouts being Leland’s melodically bold voice and Fraser’s knack for the keyboard, which he plays by ear not by reading music.

“A lot of what sets us apart is Isaac’s voice,” says Mancilla. “This guy has got a very unique voice.” To which Leland replies that he never had formal training, just years of singing in his room, playing the guitar and developing tons of ideas of what he wanted in a band. “I’ve always wanted piano in my band,” he says. “It’s a style I wanted to work around, so finding Rowan was perfect.”

Leland’s creative flair also transfers into his ability to write music, as he generates all of Entice’s lyrics and songs. “I like to take topics everyone can relate to, where people will have experience, and then make it poetic to bring out emotion in people,” says Leland, who was always known as a wrestling jock in high school and kept his music talent hidden. “I’ll just sing random things and a sentence will hit me. The songs are about a lot of things-like bad relationships. It’s easy to write when you’re pissed off.”

Though it’s the melodic vocals and not-so-average inclusion of a keyboard that seem to give Entice its own sound, its success wouldn’t be complete without Mancilla’s rock-steady drumming and Brunhober, the newest member of the band, on bass guitar-the two have both been hard at work on their respective instruments since a young age. Mancilla, for one, realized his drumming talent in sixth grade when he busted out “Wipeout” on his desk. “He’s an amazing drummer,” says Fraser. And Brunhober, who found Entice on this year in yet another fateful meeting, has been jamming for more than five years.

When the four are full swing into playing music, their chemistry surfaces. Listening to Entice brings to mind a sound somewhat similar to Muse, Something Corporate or Jack’s Mannequin, and for a young group in which only one member can even legally drink alcohol, their ability to mesh well and carry a tune together hints that they have a promising future together. “We’ve all just clicked and things have really come together,” says Leland. “We started developing a fan base and got sponsorships.” But because they’re fresh on the scene, all members have side jobs to support their goal of a longtime career in music. Leland works for the city of San Clemente as a building monitor in which he sets up, tears down and oversees local events, including weddings. And Fraser works at his dad’s store in town called the Post Shop-you can see why there’s not too much time for the gym anymore.

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