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EndAnd is a noise-punk/post-hardcore trio from Brooklyn, New York, featuring Daniel Fern (guitars, vocals), Mike Morales (drums, percussion) and Bill Fitzgerald (bass, vocals).



The first thing to hit me about EndAnd was the technicality of the drumming and inventive melodies. Their latest release, Mechanics & Energetics of Stilt-Running, opens with At Fault’s End, a song which initially smacks of a soft, contemporary take on math-rock before picking up pace, descending into a curious breakdown section and finishing on a catchy vocal hook.

The contrast of melody and ferocity does a lot to flesh out the album, a perfect example of this being the fifth track, Snow Song. Soft, rapid percussion and a delicate bass line provide a complex framework for the melody, before progression into a hypnotic fervour of jagged guitar riffs and long passages of vocal harmony.

Eighth track The Hypocrite Mourns begins with a slow drawl of extended guitar chords reminiscent of the labyrinthine fretwork of Tosin Abasi before launching into the dissonant growl of tortured vocals backed-up by dissonant guitar drone.

The last third of the album is pure aggression, from the 45 second noise assault that is It’s a Miracle Gone to album finale Strong.

Throughout The Mechanics and Energetics of Stilt-Running there are emotional lyrics which hint of anger and vulnerability, of loss and a lack of control, woven into the abrasive beauty of the music.

The whole experience is short but sweet, leaving me with the taste of Mudhoney crossed with a dash of Hella for good measure.

A retrospective gaze at the previous output of EndAnd was pleasantly surprising. There is much less aggression and the vocal harmonies are thin on the ground. The tense, distorted guitar work is there but the underlying structure is far simpler.

So What Now from the 5-track Adventures of Hi-Fi in Space is enjoyably bouncy and fuzzy, while Commando contains some very cool passages which get my foot tapping away.

Adventures of Lo-Fi in Space begins with some sampled monologue and features pleasantly dreamy sections within its four tracks.

Legend is a relatively down-tempo offering, playing host to clean guitar passages, pleasant vocal harmonies and some judicious studio processing.

At times the Lo-Fi album is reminiscent of ‘90s alt-rock, which is no bad thing and adds to the overall versatility of the group.

Overall I really like this EndAnd. They caught me unaware and I’m glad they did. Every release has been strong in its own right and they really know how to channel their inspirations without coming across as derivative. These guys are supremely talented musicians, there’s no excuse to let them pass you by as all their music thus far is released for free on Bandcamp (but you should throw some money their way). Looking forward to the next release and possibly seeing them one day if they grace British shores!


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