Annihilating stages from Brooklyn to Berlin since 2010. A captivating combination of monster riffs, utterly unique drumming and sideshow abandon.
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 new album, ‘Odds & Ends’ will be released worldwide on April, 30th 2014. Matthew currently endorses and is supported by Taylor Guitars, Malekko Heavy Industries effects pedals, 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 duo 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.
In a few short years, The End Men have carved out a name for themselves in their home base of NYC, and drop jaws and turn heads with every show they perform. The live experience harkens back to a smokey sideshow tucked away on the bayou; captivating and eccentric in it’s intensity. They have toured extensively since the band’s beginnings, touring south to Nashville and to Chicago and Kansas in the west hitting all stops in between. Also, they have toured Europe, with plans to return for the third time in 2014, covering Belgium, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands, where they opened for Genital Hospital. They have played in many notable clubs such as Mercury Lounge, Piano’s and Rockwood Music Hall in NYC, as well as The Knitting Factory and Glasslands in Brooklyn. The End Men have appeared multiple times at the Utica Music Festival in Utica NY, sharing the lineup with Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots as well as Rusted Root, and twice at the Brooklyn Infringement Festival, playing a headlining spot in 2013. Most recently the band performed on the mainstage of Some Kind of Jam 9 in Eastern Pennsylvania.
“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
Build It Up, Play With Your Toys, and Odds & Ends are all available at theendmen.bandcamp.com and on most major digital distributors.
For info, press contact and booking: theendmen@gmail [dot] com
Twitter feed: @theendmen
Matthew Hendershot endorses and plays Lust for Tone Handmade Pickups, Howling Monkey Handmade Guitar Picks and Malekko Heavy Industries effects pedals.
Livia Ranalli endorses and plays Dream Cymbals.
" It’s a real graceful musical fall down a flight of stairs, laughing all the way. "
- Melissa L. Walker in her description of the band for UMAF
"[…]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 in his blog ‘Popa’s Tunes’
"There aren't a lot of self-produced records I get to work on that narrow their focus, steady their aim and hit their target as dead-on as this one from The End Men. You usually get this kind of stuff around the third or fourth record."
- Allen Farmelo, producer at the Farm and
sound engineer at Mavericks Studio, NYC
"These songs are awesome and have a character of their own. At a time when rock and roll seems to have lost the swing gene, I give a big, stinging high-five to The End Men for swinging us around by the tail."
- David Crandall in his blog ‘Project Rock’n’Roll’
"The End Men demand our full attention."
- Joe Wolfe-Mazares in his blog ‘Ear to the Ground’
Couch By Couch West! Nominated Most Rocking Band: http://couchbycouchwest.com/most-rocking-the-endmen/
Interview with Tom Tom Magazine:
Band profiling and interview by Melissa Walker, for UMAF:
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