Sound — 8
I think Endway shows that you can never have too many modern rock bands. Yeah, their melodic rock settings have a 3 Doors Down vibe and their acoustic musings have a Foo Fighters aura, but there is something that stands out about them. Their modern rock tunage boasts tight harmonies between the vibrant guitar patterns and trembling rhythmic motions. Chord textures set off molten riffs like on Hey Babe and I Ain't No One, and drum stomps that rivet the bass punches so the music sounds alive. Each track has it's own melodic welding, sonic substance and strengths so there isn't a boring moment on their self-titled debut album. This indie rock quartet from Watertown, Massachusetts consists of Morgan Dorr on lead vocals and guitar, Kevin McHugh on guitar and backing vocals, Chris Burns on bass and backing vocals, and Scott James on drums. As a unit, they are awesome.
Lyrics — 7
The lyrics are personable, easy to sing along to and relate to relationship situations like in the track Hey Babe when Dorr rants: I'm through with all of the lies/And you're on your own now/Never wanted to say these things to you/And now you'll take on.
Overall Impression — 8
Melodically the album is rich. It has a Goo Goo Doll's pleasing-ness and accelerating guitar phrases respective of Staind. The emo-resonating vocals through the hard rock landscapes add to it's richness and liking. The songs relate to the early stages about finding love, the mistakes that are made, the lessons you learn from them but always focused on moving forward. All of the songs are good. They relate to a phase in life when love is just starting out and they feel autobiographical in that respect.