What does it mean for a young band to play the legendary stage at the Troubadour in West Hollywood? “A lot” explained Sean Stentz while we spoke before his September 29th set. “Radiohead played here,” he adds for perspective. Sean plays bass guitar for the band, Black English (Formerly NO), who hit the stage a short time later for a set promoted by Filter Magazine as a part of their new artist concert series in LA. Black English is part of the Echo Park music scene, having arrived there late in life to collaborate and make music in a recording space above the Echo/Echoplex.

For the unfamiliar, their sound is layered vocals and rich, soaring rock guitars that you might hear in the best Irish pubs. Bradley Hanan Carter’s baritone sets the tempo that often erupts in a sing-along crescendo where lesser bands fail to move the crowd.

The hardest part of a gig like this? “Having six live mics on the stage,” added Sean, which creates the layered sounds for which the band is known, and a challenge for even the best sound engineers. “We all sing and play. We collaborate on everything, including the songwriting.”

The bands not-so-secret to success is slow growth that adds fans through constant touring and a free song downloads from their website. “We want to share our music with as many people as possible and to keep doing what we love to do.”

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David William Reeve is a photographer in Southern California. He is always seeking bands with compelling stage presence and unique stories to share in pictures. If your band has something interesting to say, contact David at davidwilliamreeve@yahoo.com.

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