Beneath the clammer of an already over-populated scene, two experimental beat-junkies are taking a shot in the dark at making electricity in the modern music world.
Similar to how many musicians have met before, John Aldridge and Joe Gardner first shook hands while working waiter jobs at Carabba’s Italian Grill. It did not take long for John, who was 27 at the time, and Joe, who was 20, to realize that the two’s interest, outside of oregano and parmesan cheese, both relied on playing music.
It was from there the two, as well as the appendage of a drummer, decided to start putting a few misconstrued ideas together.
That was in 2009.
Three years and one less drummer later, the combination of John A. and Joe G. is the fresh-scene, electronic duo self-dubbed End Wave.
The band, who officially titled themselves End Wave in 2010, describe their take on performing music as “dynamic, live and electronic.”
After being immersed in the Austin music scene for several years now, the band has begun to pay their initial dues. Over the course of the last year, End Wave has dedicated their time outside of performing to putting together their first full-length album, From Inner Space, which dropped Dec. 1. The album is available for download via Bandcamp here.
“I would say, conceptually, that the themes in the album kind of mirror some of the things we’ve gone through in the course of our music career so far, and we’ve just reinterpreted them in our universe,” Joe said. “We really just aimed the overall theme at having to do with playing your own game by your own rules.”
“It can be fun, there’s a lot of serious, it can get a little risque, but overall it’s all about having a good time,” John said. “The beats are fresh, it’s high energy, and what I find is that it still sounds new to me each time I listen to it.”
Clocking in at around 37 minutes, End Wave’s new album moves rather quickly through the variety of upbeat songs. But at the same time it carries serious notes, while touching on one’s own position in life and how you fit in with the rest of the world, while governing your own mind without someone else telling you what to do.
The guys also doted on their latest piece of work as better quality than their old recordings, like their debut EP, Belch Yelp Yawn Ouch, from 2011.
Besides maintaining the ability to stand on your own feet as musicians, the crowded, cutthroat scene in Austin is not always the most friendly one. To be discovered, to be polished into that diamond in the ruff, is what boils down to the deciding factor in most local musician’s careers.
According to Joe G, the route End Wave is aiming at is to make sure that individual songs on From Inner Space leave a memorable impression on the listener.
“Each song has it’s own feeling to it, as opposed to the whole set being one big blur of the same sound,” Joe said. “If you go to one of our concerts then you’ll notice that the songs change, as well as different feelings and attitudes.”
“People always say we don’t really care. That we’re just up there going crazy. But when it comes down it, the music is so powerful to me that I personally channel the energy and it just comes out in the moment,” John said. “I think a lot of people need that these days, and we’re able to convey that in a sort of medium that they can relate too. It’s something new and interesting that they can latch onto.”
John went on to say that the last few shows End Wave has played have exponentially gotten better. And how if there is an audience in front of them then they will do the best they can to entertain.
“We’re willing to take people to the next level if they’ll let us,” he said.
As friends who enjoy jamming Aphex Twin or Daft Punk together; as musicians chasing a dream; as two lost souls that found their calling, the dance music duo hope to let this venture run it’s course for as long as possible. They hold fast to their personal level of integrity, always trying their hardest, pushing themselves and always wanting to learn more about the world and their craft.
“It’s your obligation to take the music yourself and be the medium for the audience. There are firefighters, doctors, mathematicians and there’s musicians. It’s our job to hold down the senses of the ears,” John said.
“People just do what they do and everyone does something. There’s no right or wrong reason to be a musician, but I guess it’s just something people are born with a knack for. You have rhythm, or you don’t. Some people have the minds to do mass things, while others just tap on (drums),” Joe laughed. “It comes down to good nature and doing what the universe is telling you what to do. If it’s to make music then you have to do what the world demands of you.”
“I find it all to be a gift, but also a curse. As an artist, you constantly put yourself out there and you have to be able to take any kind of criticism,” John said. “A musician is a professional in it’s own right that’s there to bring a good cause, a good feeling to the world in a universal language.”
Check out live fan footage of End Wave performing at Stubb’s below.