In a year of rich debuts, another strong and potential loaded introduction comes courtesy of UK rockers The Endeavour and their Voyage EP. Bulging with four tracks of dynamic and feisty alternative rock fuelled by impassioned energy and fiery melodies, the Peterborough quintet’s first offering has the potency and power to nudge national awareness of their already attention grabbing sound and presence. Voyage is not an explosion to alter any aspect of the landscape of British rock ‘n’ roll but it is a refreshing and accomplished roar from a band easy to see springing to greater heights from this highly enjoyable base.
The Endeavour began in 2013 and consists of four brothers, Shawn (vocals), Brandon (guitar), Shane (guitar), and Garren Radley (bass), and close friend Matthew Meadows (drums). They took little time in stirring up local support and successfully hitting the live scene, finding themselves sharing stages with the likes of Fort Hope, Anavue, Enter Shikari, Deaf Havana, and Funeral For A Friend over time. With Voyage, the five-piece is looking to emulate existing success on the broader canvas of countrywide recognition, and you can only imagine it will ensure at the very least that The Endeavour is a name a great many more will be very aware of.
The EP starts with a bang in the boisterous shape of Take It All. From its first lure of spicy riffs the song has ears and imagination alert, engrossed soon after as thumping beats join the provocative guitar bait. Swiftly followed by just as enticing hooks, it is a thrilling opening which never slips a gear as the song expands into a dramatic stroll equipped with still virulent rhythms, a wonderfully predatory bassline, and tangy guitar enterprise. Across this the excellent vocals of Shawn command attention as they spill the narrative over the track’s magnetic web of ideation. The song is unafraid to change its intensity, gait, and weight of textures across is enthralling body too but always it returns to that irresistible combination of sound and invention which set its thrilling presence in motion.
The following Open Heart reveals a more relaxed presence in energy and intensity yet also comes with sparkling melodies and striking hooks within a thick rhythmic lure. The bass again is almost bestial in tone, its barracuda voice perfect contrast to the warm smoulder wrapping the hearty enterprise alongside. Initially, as in the first song, there is a whiff of Manic Street Preachers in the air but eventually it slips into a sound more akin to a Young Guns or Taking Back Sunday. The opening track owns ears and appetite whilst the second is more an asking of attention as is No One Else To Blame, though both songs only find success. The third proposal has a catchy spine of tenacious riffs and spicy guitar adventure which shines even brighter in a mellower passage pierced by the military precision of Matthew’s sticks. As its predecessor, the track grows in potency and persuasion over time, emerging as another big, promise filled, declaration of the adventure and brewing depths in The Endeavour sound and songwriting.
Voyage is brought to an end by After The Storm, an emotive croon with lively rhythms and a slightly volatile landscape of melodic and sonic resourcefulness. The vocals and harmonies steal the show but every element of the band is a tantalising and riveting aspect as the song grows bolder and more tempestuous with every passing minute. It is a fine end to an impressive first listen to The Endeavour, Voyage showing that the band have the makings and more of something able to make a strong impact on the UK rock scene; we will be waiting like so many from now on in, with keen anticipation.
The Voyage EP is available from July 27th through all stores and @ http://www.theendeavouruk.bigcartel.com/