Alternative rock with English lyrics seems to have found quite a strong base in France over the last few years, as we had seen with Bordeaux-based band Seeds Of Mary. This time we moved to Lyon in order to discover another emerging project in this scene: Endless Sundown with their latest EP "Make Sense".
The band was born as a trio from the ashes of Dark Matter between the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014, releasing their first single "In Brackets" at the end of the year. After the first EP published in 2015, Endless Sundown have added vocalist Barth Sky to the lineup so as to allow guitarist Victor Erler to focus on the six strings (and backing vocals). The visual aspects are very simple and are reminiscent of tattoo design, with the band logo at the center and the album title at the bottom right corner.
Five songs of about five or six minutes each, carrying their own character. "Down The Rabbit Hole" is quite unusual for an opener, moving between semi-ballad and a slight aggressiveness, apart from being quite a clear reference to Alice in Chains both in concept and in music. Things get a bit faster with the following "Dirty Feet", though the band never becomes too rough or violent, still preferring more melodic territories and mainly confining their dirt to the vocals. Here you can breathe some mid '90s/early '00s air, fortunately using a vocal style that doesn't try too hard to imitate the usual suspects of the scene.
I believe the intertwined bass and guitar patterns are very rewarding (especially in "Homeless"), giving more character to a band with a not necessarily uniform range of influences. Through "Make Sense", Endless Sundown will stir the interest of alternative rock fans, very likely on the road to a longer work in the future.