Listen: Without Whom – Tunes For David Horton

During Real Gone’s first decade, our website managed to pick up a lot of supporters.  From keen music fans, to labels and bands who loved what we did, every year seemed to gain momentum.  Among it all, between the famous bands, the DIY artists and labels, there had been an unsung hero.

David Horton, a keen music fan from the US, supported our site from somewhere close to the very beginning.  At a time when we wrote articles about albums we felt were overlooked and threw in the odd review for a new release, at a time when we only had support from a handful of regulars, David was there.

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THE END MEN – Terms & Conditions

a4225037619_10Reappearing at the beginning of 2013 after a brief hiatus, Brooklyn’s End Men made a big statement with their second LP ‘Play With Your Toys’. From that point on, there seemed to be no stopping the blues/garage rock duo, with live shows aplenty following – including a recorded appearance at CXCW – and a quickly released compilation of odds and ends filling the gap until their next studio bookings.  Released seemingly weeks after their last recordings, ‘Terms & Conditions’ picks up exactly where you’d expect, with the gravel-voiced Matthew Hendershot weaving tales of woe and drunken forboding while percussionist Livia Ranalli plays by the seat of her pants.   With such a quick turnaround of material, are The End Men in danger of burning themselves out?  On the basis of their 2015 release, it’s a case of anything but…

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Idiots & Idols (A Real Gone Sampler)

2014 was an absolutely great year for music from DIY bands or releases distributed through independent labels. There was so much great music this year that Real Gone found that just one free sampler just wasn’t enough!

A free sampler containing tracks from ten different metal bands can be found here.  For those who’d like a few free gems from other genres – rock, pop, punk etc – in ‘Idiots & Idols’ we’ve got a similarly top-notch collection for you!

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THE END MEN – Odds & Ends

End Men OddsWith heavy blues grooves and a hoarse vocal, The End Men made a huge impression on their second release ‘Play With Your Toys’.  Uncompromising, loud and brash on the surface, yet home of a carnival of characters, the band pushed the limits of the two-musician format.  Their follow up ‘Odds & Ends’ does exactly what it says on the rusted tin gathering together some unheard gems, plus providing a proper home for 2013’s two track release ‘Work’/’Ratking’.

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The End Men: Upcoming live dates

On the eve of their third album release, New York’s The End Men have a run of live shows upcoming!

Wed 4/30/14 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY

Thurs 5/1/14 – The Low Beat – Albany, NY
Fri 5/2/14 – Sticky Lips – Rochester, NY 
Sat 5/3/14 – The Dev – Utica, NY

Fri 5/9/14 – Tribute concert – Hotel Select Riccione, IT 

Sat 5/10/14 –  Stones – Cafe Bologna, IT 
Sun 5/11/14 –  Gattarossa – Piombino, IT 
Thurs 5/15/14 – Tiefgrund – Berlin, DE 
Fri 5/16/14 – Stoned – Leipzig, DE 
Sat 5/17/14 – Rockpool – Halle, DE 
Mon 5/19/14 – Showcast on Radio 501 – Hoorn, NL 
Tues 5/20/14 – Radio Benelux – Durango Sessions – Paal, BE
Fri 5/23/14 – Kafee T’hof – Middelburg, BE 
Sat 5/24/14 – Winston Kingdom – Amsterdam, NL 
Fri 5/30/14 – Masnada – Milan, IT
Sat 5/31/14 – Joe Koala – Bergamo, IT 
‘Odds & Ends’ is released on 30th April 2014.
In the meantime, read a review of ‘Play With Your Toys’ here.