In 2014 Greg Caprioli and Henry Weber, who were both vocalists, combined forces and later went on to record their songs at Westfall Recording Company. The owner of the studio Anthony Lopardo ended up playing the drum parts and then joined the band permanently. Last but not least longtime friend Anthony Barcolena was tapped to play the bass.
Their band The End Period’s five-song EP Ghost Town is a palatable mix of rock-based music that unequivocally has mainstream viability. I often thought they sounded like a mix between Fountains of Wayne and Foo Fighters. That’s certainly not a bad thing and it will appeal to a broad demographic. The songs revolve around basic chord progressions and don’t spew innovation but the songs are well produced, delivered and recorded. One thing I will say is the band is a bit bi-polar in terms of style, which is often a trait newly formed bands tend to take on.
For instance, the ultra poppy, upbeat love song “The Last Goodbye” paints a picture of happy, go lucky, even sensitive (due to the lyrics) guys. The very next song “Follow” is hard rock on the verge of metal that while I wouldn’t go as far to say feels indignant it has a tinge of anger. The ironic part is that both songs are essentially about the same thing - the end of relationship. It’s just seems like “The Last Goodbye” seems to want to embrace their last moments together while “Follow” wants to forget about it.
To further confuse the listener as to what to expect the opener “Ghost Town” is more or less reggae (during the verse) which very much sounds like 311. In fact the vocalist almost sounds slightly Jamaican when he sings during the verse. That being said when the chorus rocks it caters to that style which actually might be a different person. “Give Me Hell” is a straightforward rock song you can picture alongside other similar sounding songs on FM radio while “Sunshine” veers towards a more poppy Fountains of Wayne style.
The band is on point with everything besides the fact they haven’t discovered who they are as a band yet. It’s far from uncommon and time will most likely sort this out as they continue to get more comfortable writing music together. They should be proactive about nailing down a style people will identify the band with. I have a good sense that their next release will be under the umbrella of rock but it gets foggy after that. They aren’t far off the mark but ultimately fall into a category of wait and see.
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