Photo Credit: Sean Thomas Reilly
While End It’s sonic DNA is rooted in the blueprint left behind by the ’90s hardcore movement, their lyrics mirror the angst and tension of their hometown’s inner city.No Echo
Baltimore upstarts, END IT, shared their new single “Hardhead” today, via a premiere with No Echo. The new track marks the announcement that their upcoming EP, One Way Track, will be due out January 17th through the ever-growing Baltimore / Long Island label Flatspot Records. In just under a minute, END IT establish themselves as hardcore newcomers to keep an eye on. Jumping between breakneck speeds and danceable grooves, the quartet prove to be incredibly lively and unpredictable, bringing the energy of their hometown to life with urgency and grit. “Hardhead” is available to stream on Bandcamp or Spotifyand pre-orders for the EP are available here.

END IT walks the path that their Baltimore forefathers paved. Musically influenced by Gut Instinct, Maximum Penalty, and Absolution, while also paying homage to New York’s Neglect, END IT are sonically reminiscent of the golden era of that harder early 90’s east coast sound and with lyrics that are unapologetically real and influenced by the likes of Neglect and Next Step Up. The quartet, which features members of Wolvesblood, Piece Keeper, and Malicious Code, is a vital reminder of a better time, a time when it wasn’t about trends or industry connections; a time when the music was raw, unpolished aggression that spoke for itself.

In January of 2020, Flatspot Records will release the One Way Track EP, the long-awaited follow up to END IT’s 2017 self-titled demo. One Way Track displays a more mature and focused band, due largely to a change in perspective provided by major life changes that the band members have recently experienced, including fatherhood. However, these recent developments have not tamed the band in any way; in fact, they are more in touch with their surroundings than ever before, and express their mentality with an urgency and aggression that is sorely missing from today’s hardcore scene. “These are basically Baltimore Hooligan Anthems,” says vocalist Akil, and aptly so — the brash punk attitude of their 2017 demo is doubled down upon on One Way Track, and combined with a hardcore intensity that pushes the band’s sound closer to the extreme end of the genre. END IT are disturbing the peace of the commercial hardcore scene by providing an fast, loud, and unapologetic snapshot of the city that raised them.

The grit of END IT’s recorded material is rendered all the more palpable by their live show, which has been staged across the east and west coasts over the past two years, including diverse bills with artists such as Life of Agony, Lil Ugly Mane, Nickelus F, and Turnstile. You can catch the crew on a weekend tour at the end of January alongside Flatspot labelmates Outsider.

End It Tour Dates w/ Outsider
Jan 23rd – Discovery Zone – Richmond, VA
Jan 24th – Velvet Lounge – Washington, DC
Jan 25th – Motor House – Baltimore, MD
Jan 26th – Asbury Park Brewery – Asbury Park, NJ

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