Today, Baltimore, MD band END IT have shared their new single and video, “New Wage Slavery.” The blistering song comments on the class struggles and government negligence in America and the world, with the video splicing between the good and bad moments in the band’s home city.
Vocalist Akil Godsey is joined on the track by Justice Tripp (Angel Du$t, Trapped Under Ice), whose snarling delivery expertly compliments Godsey’s more charismatic approach. Thrashing guitars take lead against dynamic drums, sure to set off a ripple of stage-dives during the band’s live set.
On the sentiment of the song, guitarist Ray Lee explains: “The growing struggle between the ruling class and common people / citizens that becomes more apparent every day as we get fucked by those in power in this country and in the world in general. Fuck them all, steal their shit.”
On their upcoming EP, Unpleasant Living set for release July 8th on Flatspot Records, End It delivers with ferocity and purpose. The message? Mind your business. Unpleasant Living was recorded with Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. On the EP, the band takes heavy influence from ‘90s hardcore, drawing comparisons to acts like Leeway, Gut Instinct, and Maximum Penalty. Unpleasant Living is up for pre-order now on Flatspot Records, with the vinyl and CD also including the band’s 2020 EP One Way Track, and 2017 self-titled release.
“Baltimore’s End It are one of the most exciting bands in all of hardcore. They play blisteringly fast, muscular, anthemic tracks that work as delivery systems for the giddy rants of larger-than-life frontman Akil Godsey.” – Stereogum
“The raw and acerbic track finds frontman Akil hurling takedowns at those who see themselves as the sole arbiters of punk over blistering riffs.” – Afropunk
“Their new single “Hatekeeper” is a one-minute blast of everything they do best — NYHC-indebted songwriting that’s fast but groovy, riffs that’re catchy but toothy, and frontman Akil Godsey’s superior vocal flavor and lyrical barbs hurled at hardcore haters.” – Revolver
7/9 @ This Is Harcore – Philadelphia, PA w/ Hatebreed, Madball
7/18 @ Union Stage – Washington D.C. w/ Fucked Up
11/18-20 @ Act Like You Know Fest – Tulsa, OK