North Jersey Notes: Endall

—by , September 2, 2008

EndallI’ve been contacted by the boys of Endall for months on end to check out their band. I mean, this was borderline harassment! Just kidding, fellas! Anyway, I finally checked out their e.p.k. on sonicbids.com, and I thought that their music was pretty good. They claimed to be a metal band on their sites, but I’m hearing more hard rock than metal. The two songs that I did get to hear, “Never Die” and “Miles From Home,” had a New Jersey hard rock sound that was very familiar to me since I feel like I’ve heard every hard rock band in the North Jersey area. The songs were guitar driven with some mediocre melodies and hooks. They should do really well in the New Jersey music scene with people looking for new music constantly.

Endall is a band of individuals that was recently put together to write songs about honesty, emotion, passion and power. They put 250 percent into creating what they call timeless music, which they feel separates them from the pack because they blend their collective influences, their heart, and their soul into a style of music that they call their own. In June, Endall played a strong performance at the second annual Make Music New York Festival. Since then, they’ve been playing non-stop around the NYC/NJ area. Endall’s line-up consists of singer Mike “Mykill” Vittoria, guitarist Gareth Shihadeh, bassist Charlie Marotta, and drummer Chris “Sh80” Shea.

Endall’s future plans are to head into the studio this month to record their full length CD, which should be out by Christmas time. It will be the perfect stocking stuffer! You can catch Endall live at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ. this Friday, Sept. 12. If you can’t make it to Dingbatz and want to learn more about Endall, then log onto myspace.com/endallnj .

NORTH JERSEY NOTES UPDATES:

We haven’t heard from JJ Koczan and his Maegashira crew in a hot minute, but I recently got an email from him stating that Maegashira is in negotiations to get their new CD, The Stark Arctic, released for this fall sometime. For more updates about the upcoming Maegashira CD, log onto myspace.com/maegashira.

If you haven’t bought your tickets yet for the big Apefight/Echofission Boat Bash Around NYC, then what the “f” are you waiting for? Tickets are going fast and the boat leaves on Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. from 23rd Street on NYC’s East Side. The Bash includes live performances by Apefight and Echofission, a lot of alcohol, and dancing. Tickets are $20 and can be bought at apefight.com or echofission.com.

And finally, my boys from Killcode recently posted a new acoustic song on their MySpace page called “Something Better.” The song was recorded at Riverfront Studios in Brooklyn, NY, and is just a rough mix for Killcode fans to listen to. If you want to get a listen, log onto myspace.com/killcode or catch them this Saturday night (9/13) at Sullivan Hall in NYC with Diablo Royale and Shadows Lie.

That’s all for now! If your band is from North Jersey and you want some exposure, send your demos and press kits to Arts Weekly, c/o Tim Louie P.O. Box 1140 Little Falls, NJ 07424. No cover bands, please!

Just remember… We’re all in the same boat, so every little bit of exposure counts!

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