Chicago is a breeding ground for punk and has, over the years, produced some of the biggest names in the scene. Every once in a while, all those names get together and form a punk rock super group. Dead Ending is one of those bands.
Dead Ending can be described as an 80’s influenced hardcore/punk band and includes members of Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, Articles of Faith and All Eyes West. The band boasts two releases already under their collective belt – 2012’s S/T EP and Dead Ending II the following year, both released on Alternative Tentacles. Now, the band is gearing up for the release of DE III next month.
Dead Ending formed back in 2006, when guitarist Jeff Dean met and befriended Vic Bondi, the frontman of legendary Chicago punk band Articles Of Faith, while on tour. The two bonded together over hyper-aggressive 80’s bands and discussed the possibility of starting their own, and kept in touch over the years. Fast forward to 2011 and Dean began writing songs and recruited longtime friend and Alkaline Trio drummer Derek Grant to help him lay the tracks down in Million Yen Studios, where Jeff works as an engineer. Vic liked the songs and signed on. Joe Principe of Rise Against then came on board as bassist and Dead Ending was officially born.
From the sample track All the Villians Call You Boss, Dead Ending are everything they say on the proverbial tin and more. Its pure no-frills hardcore punk rock: Political, meaningful and perfectly aggressive.
The five song EP features guest vocalist from fellow punk legends Jake Burns (Stiff Little Fingers) and Jeff Pezzati (Naked Raygun, The Bomb) and will be available April 15th.