Three piece rock band EndAnd have released their new CD Adventures Of Fi In Space. Coming from the heart of Brooklyn, this trio sure know how to produce grunge garage rock in style.
Starting in early 2011, EndAnd began as a rock duo with Daniel Fern (guitars/vocals) and Mike Morales (drums). After a show at Williamsburg’s Public Assembly, Dan and Mike asked bassist Bill Fitzgerald if he’d sit in at their next practice and that is how the story goes. Fitzgerald helped turn the project into a band.
Adventures Of Fi In Space is a combination of Adventures Of Hi Fi and Adventures Of Lo Fi In Space which are the band’s two EPs consisting of pristine studio recordings and a collection of DIY recordings.
EndAnd have been compared to the likes of Cloud Nothings but this is a loose comparison. While Cloud Nothings disappoint vocally, EndAnd don’t. Ferns has a powerful rock voice that seeps control as well as impulse. On each and every song his voice exposes something unheard of in the previous track.
Far In Between is the first track on the album. Lyrically, this band isn’t anything outstanding but musically they piece together songs which are instantly pleasing and memorable. Far In Between is a perfect example of this talent.
EndAnd have a strong grunge guitar sound which seems to be a little absent in the music scene at the moment. With all the electronic music dominating the charts as well as the more alternative scene, it’s great to hear a band basically making tuneful, melodic noise. EndAnd are slightly reminiscent of Nirvana in respect of their grunge sound.
Commando, Legend and Sweet are the other interesting stand alone tracks on the record. Commando has a kick-ass guitar riff at the beginning that will set your pulse alight. Legend is a welcomed acoustic break from all the heavy rock which dominates the beginning half of the album. Ferns’ vocals on Legend are also intriguing, showing a softer and gentler side to him and his abilities as a singer. Legend is probably the best track on the record. Sweet is again a more acoustic rock number which feels refreshing towards the end of the album.
The only fault which springs to mind has to be the fact that some of the songs do sound repetitive and extremely similar to each other on a basic level. If you looked deeper musically it would show their differences but to those who tune in quickly, the songs will sound similar which is a slight disappointment.
EndAnd have produced a fantastic and interesting grunge rock CD but in some respects it doesn’t showcase anything new. It’s a well rounded record with loads of good tracks but it doesn’t blow you away. If you like rock and attitude this is the CD for you. If you’re expecting something utterly original, you may want to give it a miss.