We love a good one-man-band and Canadian-born Chris Briard’s brand new project ENDS. gives us a great reason to get excited about this particular one.
ENDS. evolved while Chris was living in South Korea and combines rock and post-hardcore in a lively, energetic sound that Chris describes to us as “frenetic at times.”
We checked out the debut track horrorscope. to get a taste for what Chris has concocted with the ENDS. sound. And it doesn’t take us long to be instantly hooked on a track that he describes as: “A fast-paced, hard-hitting rock song about nostalgia and the overwhelming feeling that we can’t escape our past, placing more importance on it now than we ever did at the time, thus neglecting our present, and continuing this cycle in perpetuity.”
horrorscope. dives straight into a fast-paced riff and wild drums under Chris’ lively vocals. A cool little darting riff takes over alongside driving bass and drums drops into engaging vocals: “So filthy, just make it clean, That way there’s nothing left to see… I think I drowned at the lake, It’s getting harder, Fuck, So it shouldn’t matter, Still talking in my sleep.”
The fun little riff returns and drops into darting guitars under drawn-out vocals that build in intensity towards another chorus. More wild guitars follow and continue under almost spoken vocals, then drop into a low little repeating guitar note that offers a little pause for breath.
Repeats of “Nothing could ever break the wave,” then more intense stabs of guitar and shouted repeats of the same vocals under twists of high-pitched guitar, which drops into a last blast of the chorus. We love it and you can check it out below:
We had a chat with Chris to find out more. Read on below…
GR: Who are ENDS.?
CB: “ENDS. is a solo rock/post-hardcore project, with myself being the only member and taking on all instrumental and vocal duties. The idea is to have a bit of a rotating live band for shows depending on where the project is based at any given time and also be able to do solo acoustic or electric shows which is what I’ve done so far.”
“I’m originally from Montreal, Canada, and moved to South Korea in 2015 for work. I was in Hong Kong for a while in 2017 and then did a few month stints back in Canada a couple of times before returning to Seoul which is where I’m based at the moment. I’ve really enjoyed exploring the music scene out here.”
GR: We read that you taught yourself how to sing and play the drums for your upcoming album. How hard was it to do that?
CB: “The drums are my first instrument, but after my two-piece band broke up in 2012 I didn’t sing or play the drums other than for a few shows to help out some friends’ bands.
“While I was working on the writing of the upcoming album I was living in small apartments with paper-thin walls and only whispered my lyrics out. So when it came to recording, I essentially hadn’t sung since 2012 and didn’t know how to do it anymore, especially screaming. I needed to find my voice again; I didn’t know what I sounded like now and even went back to my old band’s EP to hear my singing and build off of that.
“As for drums, I hadn’t touched a kit in something like four years so I had to teach myself to play again in a basement for hours every day over the course of a month or so, build up speed and of course come up with beats for every track. It was definitely challenging due to time constraints, but I did all the instrumentation because I had a vision for the sound, and wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. I also just didn’t have the time or resources to get other musicians involved.”
GR: You just released horrorscope. What should people be expecting from the song? What inspired you to write it?
CB: “The song is mainly about nostalgia and the idea that we can’t escape our past; that we place more importance on it now than we did while it was actually happening. That because of our focus on the past we end up neglecting our present and continuing this cycle in perpetuity.
“It’s something I feel like I personally struggle with and inspired the song. I wanted horrorscope to be a bit of a slap in the face energy-wise, to wake people up and shake things up. It blasts right out of the gate and is unrelenting save for a bridge that barely lets you catch your breath.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
CB: “The band’s sound is aggressive and energetic, frenetic at times, but also catchy and melodic. The songs have a lot of changes, and a lot of different parts, without feeling totally out there or disconnected. The instruments sound distinct, unique and do something interesting while complementing the others. There are no repetitive backbeats or simple chord songs, and yet the music isn’t completely unfamiliar.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
CB: “I’d say the main thing that influences my music is trying to make sense of situations or feelings. It’s therapeutic in ways. Decisions, second guesses, nostalgia, loss, motivation, and aspiration, are some of the themes I deal with.
“A lot are internal struggles, but struggles I think many people can relate to and the lyrics definitely leave things open to interpretation and individual association.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
CB: “Some bands that have had direct influences on this project be it from a lyrical, structural, instrumental or energy perspective would be Deftones, Every Time I Die, Bring Me The Horizon, Finch, Jamie T, and Pulled Apart By Horses.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019 and into 2020?
CB: “The album is recorded but still needs to be mixed, so the next thing coming up will be the second single early in the new year. I’m also in the midst of rounding up musicians to learn the songs so I can get some full band shows going, but in the meantime will be playing some solo sets around Seoul.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
CB: “The single horrorscope and the rest of the album were written and recorded across four different cities and two continents. It took a while and at times felt like it would never get completed, so I’m excited to finally be sharing this. If you’re looking for something fresh, hard-hitting and complex, yet accessible, this is for you. Keep an ear out for the next single and upcoming album: POST-MORTEM.”