The newly-formed post-hardcore band from Madison, Endswell, are revealing their debut single ‘Heart Container‘ today, as well as their signing with Thumbs Up Records, a label based in Minnesota. We’re honored to give you an early stream of the song, along with a special commentary from the band and some more details about their project.
“Heart Container” comes as a strong debut and serves as a perfect treat for those who enjoy Touché Amore, Title Fight, TTNG, and William Bonney.
“Heart Container was more or less the light at the end of a brief but dark tunnel.” – comments the band’s vocalist Maxwell Culver.
“A blessing in disguise amongst a sinking ship, to say the least. When our former project Lady Blue went down in flames, we knew something had to change. It’s safe to say we were all on the brink of giving up, and when our drummer Alan Morris wrote the lead line for Heart Container, it reignited the hope inside of us that was fleeting and right then and there we knew we couldn’t give up.”
Excitement quickly built from this breath of new life and the guys reached out to close friends in their favorite local bands to fill out their lineup.
“It didn’t take long for the pieces to fall into place and within our first practice, Heart Container was born.” – says Maxwell.
“Lyrically the song touches on a relationship that was inevitably doomed from the start. When we decided to change our sound from a more metalcore style we all landed on the goal of making heavy Midwest emo. We wanted to implement the twinkly lead lines of the genre and mix it with parts people could move around to in a live setting.”
Consisting of Louie Barlaw and Kyle Kinney on guitar (of Tiny Voices and Excuse Me, Who Are You respectively), Maxwell Culver on vocals, Luke Ferkovich on bass (of Kule), and Alan Morris on drums, Endswell has pile driven into the southern Wisconsin music scene over the last six months with their fast-paced, in-your-face, twinkly amalgamation of emo and hardcore.
Fans of Touché Amore, Title Fight and TTNG will be blown away by the powerful melodic work between Barlaw and Kinney’s fretwork over the coordinated chaos of Ferkovich and Morris’ rhythm section rounded out by Culver’s emotional and heady vocals.
The single is part of an upcoming EP they have honed through their energetic and commanding live performances.
‘Heart Container’ was recorded entirely through at-home, DIY recording methods with Morris in charge of mixing and mastering. Morris also mixed and mastered local emo group Excuse Me, Who Are You’s debut EP About That Beer I Owed Ya, released earlier this year.
‘Heart Container’ is released on all streaming platforms February 17th.