Voyage is the new 4 track E.P from Peterborough Rock band The Endeavour. Comprised of Shawn on vocals, Garren on Bass, Medz on Drums and the double act of Brandon and Shane on Guitars this is a band that has already made a huge impact on their local gig scene. Formed in early Summer 2013 “from the ashes” of bands that had shared the stage with such greats as Funeral For A Friend, Enter Shikari and Deaf Havana these boys may be young but they are certainly not lacking in experience. The band started recording soon after they formed so this release has been some time coming, but does Voyage put The Endeavour on a course to Rock stardom or are these Peterborough boys lost at sea?
Opening track ‘Take It All’ is a real tempest of a song with a ‘You Me At Six’ vibe. Heavy drum beats and powerful guitar riffs dominate this song from the start. The vocals are at first a little disappointing seeming muted in comparison to the instrumentals. Once the chorus is reached any doubts about Shawn’s vocal capabilities are swept aside. For the rest of the song every lyric and note is a fast paced treat for the ears.
‘Open Heart’ is very different in tempo to ‘Take It All’ but no less impressive. Here choppy waves of instrumentals level out into steady riffs during the verse only to build again for the chorus. Despite the distinct difference in tempo the style is consistent with the previous track and gives the listener a clear picture of the unique sound The Endeavour have evidently strived to create.
‘No One Else To Blame’ places heavier emphasis on the vocals to start with. Shawn’s range is pretty impressive and he manages to carry some rather long notes with seemingly little effort. The instrumentals are of course still a prominent feature and there is a lengthy guitar and drum section halfway into the track where slower, lighter riffs and some militaristic drumming create a great rhythm before the pace speeds up for the finale.
‘After The Storm’ is an apt name for the final track on an E.P that features some truly thunderous beats! Here gentle string plucking on an acoustic guitar is soon drowned by a veritable tsunami of incredible riffs! The previous songs on this E.P are genuinely impressive but it would appear the old phrase “save the best till last” applies once again. Once again the vocals are crystal clear and although the instrumentals are a real presence a balance is maintained between the two elements.
‘Voyage’ is a fantastic sample of what these 5 Peterborough lads are capable of. For a band that formed only 2 years ago they come across as true professionals and the sheer amount of effort that has gone into recording each track is clear for all to hear. I would highly recommend this band to fans of Funeral Of A Friend, You Me At Six, Rise Against and The Foo Fighters. If this is a taste of things to come then the ‘Voyage’ is just beginning for The Endeavour!
Voyage is a fantastic sample of what these 5 Peterborough lads are capable of. For a band that formed only 2 years ago they come across as true professionals and the sheer amount of effort that has gone into recording each track is clear for all to hear.