The Endleaves EmptyV Unplugged

posted Mar 25, 2014, 7:26 PM by Shaneil Devaser   [ updated Mar 26, 2014, 7:12 PM ]

Hey, y'all! We'll be playing Merdekarya on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 unplugged, like MTV Unplugged, that one with Nirvana minus the strings and accordion, because we don't know anyone who plays 'em instruments. :/

Why an unplugged gig? Well, we were offered the opportunity, and we really like Merdekarya. Shaneil and Riz often play acoustic here and there, but this will be very different, because it'll be the whole band, with drums. 

Soundmaker Studio/The Canteen at ChinaHouse

posted Feb 22, 2014, 4:06 PM by Shaneil Devaser   [ updated Mar 3, 2014, 6:15 PM ]

Hey, y'all! We'll be playing Soundmaker Studio on Friday, March 7th, 2014 and The Canteen at ChinaHouse on Saturday, March 8th, 2014. That's two outta town gigs in two days. So, see y'all soon awesome Penang folk! :D

THE ENDLEAVES Album Soft Launch

posted Feb 13, 2014, 3:10 AM by Shaneil Devaser   [ updated Feb 17, 2014, 3:18 AM ]

THE ENDLEAVES Album Listening Party was awesome albeit mellow so we decided to spice things up by having a boozed up album soft launch with our buddy Hameer Zawawi as the opening act at Page 2 on Thu., Feb. 20th.

Our CDs will be retailing for RM30 a pop, and pre-orders for Hameer's debut album will be going for RM20 a pop. Whiskeys are RM10. Beers ain't that expensive either. So, I tell you what, do expect a very inebriated set. 

Our First Album Review

posted Feb 4, 2014, 6:09 PM by Shaneil Devaser

So, we received a tweet today from pandarocketship mentioning that Forget, the 9th tune from the album, was reviewed, and I read it, and was happy. This would be our first ever album review. :) 

Malaysian rock outfit The Endleaves have released their debut, self-titled full-length album. The 10-track album is a collection of songs that hark back to the grunge rock hits of the 90s. As listeners, we are treated to sludgy slabs of guitar driven-rock in tracks like ‘Just Dream On’ and presented with a mellower sound on tracks like the classic-rock tinged, melodically accessible ‘Set Me Free’.

On first listen, the songs on the album come across as beguiling, yet simple. The band has adopted an in-your-face approach that has led to 10 tracks that are rather different, yet undeniably consistent.

The track ‘Forget’ is a subdued number that starts off moody and contemplative. By the second chorus however, ‘Forget’ adopts an almost pleading tone which the band uses as leverage to turn the track into a soaring rock number with energetic conviction. There’s nothing remarkably new or innovative about the track itself – you’re bound to have heard other songs done in similar fashion. However, The Endleaves succeed in still leaving an impression despite making use of the familiar (and at times overdone). Have a listen to ‘Forget’ below.

Additionally, if you find yourself in Kuala Lumpur this February 7th, join The Endleaves at Merdekarya for their album launch. Details here.

Get yourself a regular dose of The Endleaves by following them via these links: Facebook | Twitter | Website

The International Album Release

posted Jan 30, 2014, 4:34 PM by Shaneil Devaser

Our debut self-titled album is now live on BandCamp, folks! Just click the little play button to listen to the tracks, then click the little buy button to grab yourself a digital copy of the album at it's highest quality! :D 

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all our friends and fans who have supported us so far, the organisers who have booked us for shows, the venues we've been working with, and, well, that's about it actually. :) 

The Debut Self-Titled Album

posted Jan 19, 2014, 5:13 PM by Shaneil Devaser   [ updated Feb 4, 2014, 6:03 PM ]

We will be releasing the debut self-titled album by January 31st, 2014 via BandCamp and we will be having a listening party of sorts on Friday, February 7th, 2014 at the awesome Merdekarya. The 10-tune album will be retailing for RM30 physically within Malaysia, $10 digitally everywhere else.

We will be selling the album at a discounted rate during the listening party at Merdekarya so do like us on Facebook for immediate updates and such on when exactly the listening party is going to be. We will only be printing 1,000 copies so make it a point to grab yours before stock runs out. Cheers, and salutations! 

The Endleaves at Page 2

posted Jan 2, 2014, 6:27 PM by Shaneil Devaser   [ updated Jan 8, 2014, 2:41 PM ]

We'll be playing Page 2 next, next Thursday i.e. January 16th, 2014 to kick off the new year! The album may, or may not be ready by then, but, we will be playing a couple of tunes from our yet-to-be-recorded second album.

As per usual, you can click the above picture to be redirected to the Facebook event where RSVPs are greatly appreciated, just in case we decide to give out freebies. Oh and directions are there too! See y'all there! ;) 

Maple As She Glows: The Official Music Video

posted Dec 24, 2013, 1:39 PM by Shaneil Devaser   [ updated Dec 24, 2013, 1:45 PM ]

Our debut single Maple As She Glows was released on Thanksgiving, so we thought that we should befittingly release the music video for Maple As She Glows on Christmas as our little present to all you awesome people! 

The album will be out early 2014, and we hope all of y'all are as excited as we are! 2013 was a splendid year, and we'd like to thank all of y'all for the amazing support. Merry Crimble and Hoppy Holydays, folks! :D 

Maple As She Glows

posted Nov 27, 2013, 9:04 AM by Shaneil Devaser   [ updated Nov 28, 2013, 12:09 AM ]

Maple As She Glows, the debut single from our upcoming album, is now available as a free, yes you heard that right, a FREE download! Grab your very own copy now! 

And if you’re like us, and can’t stand blank artwork on your iTunes, do download the official Maple As She Glows single cover photo by saving the image below! 

P.S. Besides for your iTunes library, you can also use the cover photo as your profile photo on Facebook, Twitter, etc. and spread the love. Happy Thanksgiving! :D 

Rocking with The Endleaves

posted Nov 20, 2013, 8:03 PM by Shaneil Devaser   [ updated Nov 20, 2013, 9:04 PM ]

So, we had an interview with the awesome Brigitte Rozario awhile back but the story never got printed because someone somewhere forgot to read their we'll be running it here on the website instead. ;)

On a Thusday evening, two men sit at Sid's Pub in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, lamenting the lack of professionalism in the local music industry, referring to their band as possibly a “supergroup” of sorts. 

If you didn't know them, you might think they sounded like two arrogant bastards who are full of themselves. 

Except, it's not arrogance that exudes from the more experienced Riz and the straight-talking Shaneil. The duo have time and again put their shoulder to the wheel to hone their skill at making music, performing and marketing their music. 

What you do get from more than an hour of talking to half of local band The Endleaves is a sense of professionalism, commitment, passion and drive. 

The other half of the band – Rashaad and Krist – have full-time jobs and couldn't make it for the interview. 

What is The Endleaves?

Shaneil: A rock band with me on vocals and rhythm guitar; Riz on lead guitar and backing vocals; Rashaad on drums; and Krist on bass. 

What type of music do you play?

Shaneil: It's just straight up rock. 

How was the band formed?

Riz: (Shaneil) originally didn't have a backing band for his solo EP launch. So, he called me up and said, "Hey, wanna play for this gig?" And, I agreed. And, we ended up doing that. 

Shaneil: The first time we rehearsed was on the afternoon of the EP launch on April 21 this year (2013). The EP launch went well and then I asked everyone if they wanted to play this other gig together and everyone was in. 

What's the story behind the name?

Shaneil: I put my name (Shaneil Devaser) in an online Scrabble Helper and, I went through the list of words that came out. Endleaves was one of them. No other band had the name Endleaves. I was looking for a band name for a long time and couldn't find anything that was original, so I thought I'd go with that. No one before had ever named a band Endleaves, so I bought the domain name, booked the Facebook, Twitter and Reverbnation. Then I went to look for a band. So, I actually had the name in November last year (2012), before the band was formed.

Why did you want to form another band when both of you have been in other bands in the past and are now playing acoustic solo gigs?

Shaneil: Because it's boring playing solo. It's so boring. 

Riz: The problem with the whole band situation is that you have other members to think about. It's like another relationship. You spend a lot of time together, at least twice a week for two hours at a time per session and then you play on weekends. So, you deal with a lot of different personalities and there are certain things that they want to do that you don't want to do. And, if you end up being the main writer for a song that you want to play up but they don't want to play up, then you're stuck. That's kinda what I did with my old bands (Paku and 3) and what Shaneil did with his old band (Crossing Boundaries). Then you end up doing the acoustic thing alone and you find that it's easier because you can go wherever you want and do whatever you want... 

Shaneil: Then you find out it's boring to do the acoustic thing. 

Riz: Oh, it's completely boring. The reason I was in a band was so I could play electric with a band, not by myself. It's fun for a while but after that it gets boring. 

How we got together was based on, at least for me, the frustration at not being able to do the type of music that I wanted to do because my band rejected it, saying it wasn't heavy enough or was too pop. To me, music is just music. It's just how you apply it and the minute you get into the context of your band, it will become what it is. 

Shaneil: The lackadaisical attitude of some makes it hard to work with them. Everyone wants to play in a rock band without putting in the work. 

So, what do you think makes a band work?

Riz: 70-80% of bands is not even about the music. It's this. We're not even talking about how we write as creative people. We're talking about how we get along as individuals. That's a big part of a band. 

For me, when I see a band member, I never go for the talent because talent can always be developed. If you're a bass player and you're not as good but you're willing to learn and you have the attitude (“And you drink beer,” says Shaneil), you're in, because you will learn how to play the bass well, the more you do it. 

I'd rather get someone like that than somebody who's up here (he says gesturing to his head) and has all the attitude. You don't want to deal with all that. It doesn't become fun anymore because until the day that we're making millions of dollars, we're just having fun. It's all about having fun because if we wanted to make money obviously we would be a covers band ("Or work in a bank," says Shaneil).

Why not be a covers band if that's where the money is?

Shaneil: Nothing against them. They make more money than me...for now. But I don't see the difference between that and working in a bank. Instead of working from 9 in the morning till 5pm, you work from 9pm till 5am.

Riz: There is less creative process when playing covers and this is more apparent when a covers band plays a song, note for note, like the original band. But then they are revered by the patrons who commend them for playing the song exactly like the original band, and it reinforces that. So, they want to do that again. The minute they try their own music, they get no reaction which is what you sometimes get when you play original music in a bar situation.

I recently found out that I can't do that day in, day out. I can't play Mustang Sally four nights a week for the next month. It will just kill me. I actually need the original stuff more than I need the covers.

You have both been in the lead vocals in other bands, how do you work together on The Endleaves? Isn't there a clash of personalities?

Riz: He has age and I have experience so we blend in terms of energy and enthusiasm. We bounce ideas off each other and it works very well. He's like a younger version of me ... with longer hair.

We're both lead singers and songwriters in our own right. Technically, it shouldn't work but I'm at the point where I'm not about that. 

We all have our roles to fill. He's in the front singing, I play the guitar and sing backup. So, we're still trying to fit in our respective moulds. 

Shaneil: He's the only other musician in Malaysia who is up at 7.30am. I can message him at 7.30 and he will reply. We're up early in the morning. We get shit done. We're 15 minutes early all the time. It's one of the main reasons I get along with Riz.

Riz: The journey is the fun part. It's more important than being obsessed with “making it big”. 

We have experience so we can get from Point A to Point B in a short time. 

So, who is the “gurubesar” in the band?

Riz: He is (pointing to Shaneil).

And, who is the party dude?

Shaneil: Riz is (laughs).

And, what sets you apart from other bands?

Shaneil: Music is music. But what sets us apart as a band is consistency, punctuality and originality. We worry about the tone, not like other bands who just come in, plug and play, and everything sounds like rubbish.

We bring our own amps. It's a professional quality band. The only other people I believe in our category are Free Deserters and Cats in Love and maybe a couple of other bands around KL. 

We offer nice, accessible rock n' roll. It's not heavy metal, nor is it overly artsy-fartsy that no one understands it. 

Riz: I think mainly what sets us apart is the sound. Six months down the road I would be able to say better how our music is different but at this point we're just trying to fill in our catalogue. Right now, for me, as a guitar player – it is the sound and tone of the band. And, how we carry ourselves in terms of stage performance. A lot of people don't talk about performance.

Musicians can't look like they just got out of bed or came from work. The quality of the sound, and the music are important, too.

What are your upcoming gigs?

Riz: Our first big gig was in Diamond in the Rough at The Venue, KL. Based on Shaneil's contacts, we're getting called to play at festivals, events and gigs that are already established. We're busy, which is actually what I want.

When will the first album be out?

Shaneil: Soon ... by the end of this year, or maybe the first quarter of next year. There are currently two songs recorded – High and Just Dream On. Other original tunes include Once Upon A Time, Forget, For A Day and Maple As She Glows (the first tune Riz and I wrote together). We've got a couple of work in progress tunes including These Things and Isn't it Strange? 

Is the whole band writing songs together?

Shaneil: But drummers and bassists don't write...

What do you promise fans and people who attend your gigs?

Shaneil: A good time! 

P.S. Maple As She Glows, technically our second single as The Endleaves, first single as the current line up, will be out for free by the end of this month. So, stay tuned, folks! :D 

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