The End Men [US]
Dirty Blues Rock with Punk at heart from Brooklyn
“[…]Sound like Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart and Joe Cocker in an alley after a long night of whiskey and cigarettes but with his own originality create an after hours club atmosphere thick with smoke and beatniks. Jack Kerouac would be right at home reciting the lyrics with a piano accompaniment.” - (David John de Horton / ‘Popa’s Tunes’)
Das Duo THE END MEN, bestehend aus Matthew an Gitarre und Gesang sowie seiner Frau Livia an den Drums und Percussion, spielt blues-gefärbten Garagenrock mit Einflüssen von Punk und gutem altem Vaudeville Rock & Roll.
Das klingt im Studio wie eine Mischung aus Tom Waits, The Black Keys, The White Stripes und Captain Beefheart, aber wenn der Vorhang aufgeht und THE END MEN auf der Bühne loslegen kriegt man BIG LOUD ROCK FROM BROOKLYN! Kakophonisch & metallisch, erinnert der Sound mithin eher an Dyse als an Tom Waits, auch weil THE END MEN gleichzeitig witzige Unterhaltung im Stile des amerikanischen Straßentheaters- & Zirkus bieten.
Ihre Konzerte sind humorvoll, ironisch und man weiß nie, was als nächstes passiert.
Wer eine Band will, die rockt, braucht nicht länger zu suchen!
THE END MEN entertainen jedes Publikum!
Besetzung: Matthew Hendershot (g & voc) & Livia Ranalli (dr, perc & voc)
“They initially seem to tap into the rich vein of blues-tinged garage rock, only to blow your mind with Matthew Hendershot’s voice, a mixture of gutter punk and carnie. Driving this all is Livia Ranalli, an Italian expat just as comfortable drumming on pavement or with salad forks as on a ‘real’ kit.”
- (Rob Rubsam, Tom Tom Magazine)
“This band just draws you in, particularly by their total commitment to what they’re doing. They live and breathe this music, the rhythm and the lifestyle of creation and sharing and being as rock as possible. It just is them, inseparable from their beings. Matthew’s guitar is utterly relentless and there are few things in this life I enjoy more than watching Liv thrash the shit out of a set of drums. She goes hard, pounding sticks into skins in swinging arcs of movement that catch the eye as much as the sounds catch the ear.”
- (Melissa Walker, Upstate Live Music Guide)
THE END MAN:
The curtain rises, and THE END MEN appear, bringing dirty blues laden rock along for the show. With vocals dripping with coarse emotion, guitar riffs skillfully take your hand through a heavy percussive spectacle, all coming together into a beautiful sonic storytelling. The curtain closes leaving you breathless and screaming for more.
The End Men were created in 2010 as a three piece, and have experienced a fluctuating lineup to this day. With a core composed of Matthew Hendershot (guitar and vocals) and Livia Ranalli (drums, percussion and vocals), the average listener would be surprised to find that the powerful sound The End Men project is only coming from two people. With the raw, rasp-soaked vocals and the guitar-split to give the illusion of a bass, along with the rock solid drum pocket peppered with found percussive elements, the band rides a wave of dirty blues rock and vaudevillian stomp.
In 2011 they released their first album ‘Build it Up’ and in 2013 they released their follow up ‘Play With Your Toys’, releasing singles in the meantime, one of note was produced in Dubway Studios in Manhattan for the Songcraft Series. Their latest album, ‘Odds & Ends’ was be released worldwide on April, 30th 2014. Matthew currently endorses and is supported by Lust For Tone hand-wound pickups, Commonwealth Amplification and Howling Monkey Handmade Guitar Picks. Livia endorses and is supported by Dream Cymbals and was profiled in the internationally distributed Tom Tom Magazine last year for her stellar drum chops. The End Men have played with a variety of acts ranging from jazz to metal, but the constant is the undeniable energy and showmanship they extrude with every live performance, no matter the venue or the bill. In late 2012, they joined a musical collective, Built4BBQ, a veritable commune of bands from Upstate NY and beyond working to get their music to the masses.
The chemistry of the band continues outside of the studio as their live performances have also become an explosion of sound and fun. Comedic interludes offset the energetic musical onslaught as the two play anything within reach in an ever-evolving and seemingly barely-controlled musical chaos. Homemade instruments and found objects litter the stage all adding to the “who knows what may happen next” vibe that often engages and always entertains their crowds. Don’t let the reckless abandon fool you however as just behind the facade sits talent and musical skill that has been decades in the making.