END ON END: Self-titled: 7″

The name’s from a Rites of Spring album. The vocals sound like non-shit (pre-Field Day) Dag Nasty, mostly sung, sometimes shouted. Some of them have facial growth like “Finding the Rhythms”-era Hot Water Music. Speaking of, many of the breakdowns could be easily placed in earlier HWM’s repertoire And so End On End follows suit, almost down to a tee. The lyrics are fair (i.e. “we’ve missed the mark and fallen short of where we’ve aimed”). I really want to like this more than I do. Great intentions. Fair execution. Their predecessors have such long shadows and without fire of their own, they shed no new light. Sorry.

 –todd (Headline)