Article by KevW
END have maybe given themselves an uphill battle with a name that's probably not going to yield direct results when it comes to internet searches, so a few more details might come in handy. A quintet based in Basel, Switzerland, END released their first EP back in 2012 and new single 'End Of Holocene / Part 1' is taken from their new EP release 'End Of Holocene'. They give a range of influences that all sit within the alternative/indie world, but vary in sound (Interpol, Alt-J, REM), and this is something that comes across in their own music, which definitely takes influence from other bands, yet doesn't directly compare to anyone in particular.
That said, END aren't exactly groundbreaking, but they are individual and have an experimental aspect which sets them apart and makes them an enticing prospect. 'End Of Holocene / Part 1' is expansive and moody musically, but the vocal is lighter in tone, although the delivery is in keeping with the almost industrial backing. Electronic sounds combine with alt-rock and create a huge tune that's not a million miles away from some of Embers' early recordings. This isn't dated in any way, it's modern, ambitious and has a powerful, majestic aura to it. On this evidence, END are deserving of much wider coverage.
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