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The End Men
The End Men were created in 2010 as a three piece, losing a member in 2011 and remaining a core two-piece with an extended family to this day. 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 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, traveling as far south as Nashville and all the way to Chicago and Kansas in the west. Also, they have toured Europe, with plans to return in 2013, covering Belgium, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands, where they opened for Genital Hospital. They have played in many notable clubs such as Arlene’s Grocery, Piano’s and Rockwood Music Hall in NYC, and Glasslands in Brooklyn. The End Men have appeared multiple times at the Utica Music Festival in Utica NY, and twice at the Brooklyn Infringement Festival, playing a headlining spot in 2013.
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. Matthew is currently endorsed by Howling Monkey Handmade Guitar Picks, and Livia was profiled in 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.
Matthew Hendershot - guitar & vocals
Livia Ranalli – drums, percussion & backup vocals
Play With Your Toys and Build It Up are available at theendmen.bandcamp.com
For info, press contact and booking: theendmen@gmail [dot] com
Twitter feed: @theendmen
The End Men – Reviews of Build It Up
"Holy $#%%! Tom Waits meets the White Stripes. [This] stuff is really cool."
- Bob Power, Award-winning and multiplatinum
producer and engineer
"[…]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’