The End Men were created in 2010 as a three piece, losing a member in 2011 and remaining a two-piece 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
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The chemistry of the duo 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’