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In the autumn of 2004, Shayna Lewis introduced her friends and fellow musicians Maya and Jay to one another at CBGB’s 313 Gallery. They had grown up ten blocks apart on the Upper West Side of Manhattan but never met. Three years later, they were married. And a few years after that, they all joined forces again as Guess & Check. Barry Ickow joined on drums in 2012.
The band’s goal is simple: to craft timeless indie pop songs that will make you feel something. Steeped in the classic pop sensibilities of Motown, Phil Spector, Joni Mitchell and the Beach Boys, they layer on a raw, modern unpredictability that recalls Pavement, The Zombies, and The New Pornographers.
Guess & Check’s debut self-titled EP, released on December 21, 2011, gathered six varied songs that range from wistful synth-pop to cathartic, stomping rock. It received airplay on over 100 college radio stations.
Over the next two years the band hopped among the clubs of New York, building their following and relentlessly refining the songs that became their first LP, Entanglement. Released on January 16th, 2014, it expands upon the vision laid out by the EP while taking a leap in sophistication. The first single “Changeling” is an infectious bit of electro pop, with chiming guitars and a synth-coated chorus under Maya Klein’s melancholy voice. Elsewhere there are touches of Arcade Fire, Radiohead, The White Stripes, Portishead, Brian Wilson, and The Rentals.