Endless Boogie (band)

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Endless Boogie
Endless Boogie in 2014.jpg
Endless Boogie performing at Basilica Soundscape festival in 2014
Background information
OriginBrooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres
Years active1997 (1997)–present
Labels
Members
  • Paul Major
  • Jesper Eklow
  • Marc Razo
  • Harry Druzd
Past members
  • Chris Gray

Endless Boogie is an American rock band, formed in 1997 in Brooklyn, New York. The current line-up of the band consists of Paul Major (vocals, guitar), Jesper Eklow (guitar), Marc Razo (bass) and Harry Druzd (drums). The band takes its name from John Lee Hooker's 1971 album of the same name.[1]

The band is known for "its minimalist jams both onstage and on record."[2]

History[edit]

The band was formed in 1997 by Matador Records employees and a professional record collector for jamming.[3][4] Initially having no plans to record or to tour, the band played their first live show in 2001 as an opening act for Pavement's Stephen Malkmus. After releasing a pair of rare vinyl LPs from 2005,[3] the band released the albums Focus Level in 2008 and Full House Head in 2010.[5] Touring with bands such as Dungen and Circle, the band released their fourth album, Long Island in 2013.[6]

Musical style[edit]

The band's style has been labeled as hard rock, psychedelic rock, stoner rock and blues rock.[7][8][2] The band's minimalist musical style also attributes krautrock influences, being described as "classic-rock-meets-krautrock"[9] and " repetitive, one-chord riff-rock."[4] The band described their musical style as "Kraut Southern rock."[10]

The band's style also has been compared to those of ZZ Top, AC/DC, Teenage Head-era Flamin’ Groovies, Canned Heat, Amon Düül, Can, The Groundhogs, The Stooges and the Velvet Underground.[5][3][1] Tom Hughes of The Guardian described Major's vocals as being "somewhere between a John Lee Hooker drawl and a Captain Beefheart honk."[11]

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Paul "Top Dollar" Major – vocals, guitar
  • Jesper "The Governor" Eklow – guitar
  • Marc Razo – bass
  • Harry Druzd – drums
Former members
  • Chris Gray – drums

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
  • Focus Level (2008)
  • Full House Head (2010)
  • Twenty Minute Jam Getting Out Of The City (2011)
  • Long Island (2013)
  • Vibe Killer (2017)
EPs and singles
  • "Swedish Pizza" (2012)
  • Matinicus EP (2013)
Compilations
  • The Skinless Ogress Revolution, Which Feeds On Human Sacrifice (2011)
Other releases
  • Volume 1 (2005)
  • Volume 2 (2005)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fricke, David (March 15, 2013). "Endless Boogie - Long Island". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Endless Boogie". Allmusic. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Leitko, Aaron (July 1, 2008). "Endless Boogie - Focus Level". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Ratliff, Ben (February 18, 2013). "Committed to an Old Sound and Riffing on the Past". The New York Times. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Brackbill, Shawn. "Endless Boogie - Long Island". Uncut. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  6. ^ Maine, David (May 7, 2013). "Endless Boogie: Long Island". PopMatters. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  7. ^ Marchese, David (January 14, 2013). "Listen to Endless Boogie's Gonzo Epic 'Taking Out the Trash'". Spin. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  8. ^ Kelly, Zach (February 18, 2013). "Endless Boogie - Long Island". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  9. ^ Oliphint, Joel (June 7, 2013). "Nelsonville Music Festival 2013: Photos + Recap". Paste. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  10. ^ Cohan, Brad (February 13, 2013). "Endless Boogie Don't Have Their Shit Together". The Village Voice. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  11. ^ Hughes, Tom (April 23, 2013). "Endless Boogie – review". The Guardian. Retrieved November 30, 2014.

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