The End Men were created in Brooklyn in 2010 as a core two-piece with an extended family. Composed of Matthew Hendershot (guitar and vocals) and Livia Ranalli (drums, percussion and vocals), and currently featuring Matthew Elia on saxophone, most listeners are surprised to find that the powerful sound The End Men produce is created by such a simple arrangement. With raw, rasp-soaked vocals, the multiple amp guitar-split to give the illusion of bass, a rock solid drum pocket peppered with found percussive elements, all accented by searing sax, the band rides a wave of dirty blues rock and vaudevillian stomp.
The live experience harkens back to a smokey sideshow tucked away on the bayou; captivating and eccentric in its intensity. Comedic interludes offset the energetic musical onslaught as they play anything within reach in an ever-evolving and seemingly barely-controlled musical chaos. Homemade and customized 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 2011 they released their first album, ‘Build It Up’. In 2013 they released their follow up ‘Play With Your Toys’, and 'Odds & Ends' a year after that. Their newest offering, the full-length “Terms and Conditions” was released worldwide on April 21st 2015. Matthew currently endorses and is supported by Lust For Tone handmade guitar pickups and Howling Monkey handmade guitar picks. Livia endorses and is supported by Dream Cymbals and was profiled in the internationally distributed Tom Tom Magazine in 2012 for her stellar drum chops.
They have toured extensively since the band’s beginnings, covering major markets in the Northeast and Midwest United States including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Nashville, Kansas City and all stops in between. Also, they have toured Europe three times with plans in the works to return again in 2015, covering Belgium, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and The Netherlands. They have played many notable NYC venues such as Mercury Lounge, Piano’s and Rockwood Music Hall, as well as The Knitting Factory, Glasslands, and Radio in Brooklyn. The End Men have appeared multiple times at the Utica Music Festival, sharing the lineup with Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots as well as Rusted Root. They have performed at the Brooklyn Infringement Festival, headlining in 2013, and most recently they performed on the main stage of the Some Kind of Jam 9 festival in Pennsylvania.
Matthew Hendershot - guitar & vocals
Livia Ranalli – drums, percussion & backup vocals
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The chemistry of the band 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.
“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
“This band just draws you in, particularly by their total commitment to what they’re doing. They live and breathe this music, the rhythm and the lifestyle of creation and sharing and being as rock as possible. It just is them, inseparable from their beings. Matthew’s guitar is utterly relentless and there are few things in this life I enjoy more than watching Liv thrash the shit out of a set of drums. She goes hard, pounding sticks into skins in swinging arcs of movement that catch the eye as much as the sounds catch the ear.”
- Melissa Walker, Upstate Live Music Guide
“[…]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’
“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’