ENDWAY were nearly homeless. Band members Kevin McHugh (Guitar, Vocals), Dennis Walsh (Bass, Vocals), Andrea Belfiore (Drums), Morgan Dorr (Lead Vocals, Guitar) and Brian Lempert (Keys, Vocals), literally gave up everything to pursue their love of music. As a result the guys ended up playing over 200 shows nationwide—sharing the ENDWAY message with any and everyone that would lend an ear.
ENDWAY’s philosophy on the sacrifice was simple: Do what you love and you'll be great at it. They did it so much that their suitcases became their closets, and the couches and floors of fans and friends became their bedrooms. This connection to the audience and fan base is one of the many things that separate them from your everyday rock band.
During that journey, ENDWAY released the band’s self-titled debut album, which catapulted them from virtually unknown to a hot commodity. As luck would have it a producer from MTV’s The Real World happened upon the CD from one of the cast members. He liked the ENDWAY’s sound so much so that nine of the songs off of the album were featured on five different MTV shows including The Real World, Road Rules, and The Hills.
To keep up with the modern day trends of giving their fans continuous content and music, the band released their next album—the appropriately titled Running Man—in late 2009.
With licensing successes, several critically acclaimed performances, two critically acclaimed albums and positive word of mouth, ENDWAY gained the attention of an up and coming producer/label owner, Andrew Koss of Tainted Blue Studios/Productions in New York City. Koss was so blown away with their devotion and dedication to the music that he had to be involved! Koss produced their recently released album, Colors. The album, which features the internet hit “Running Man,” is decidedly worldlier sounding than any of ENDWAY’s previous releases. With such a varied fan base the band succeeded in making an album that anyone can get into no matter their background. Colors was finished in the fall of 2010 and digitally released by Tainted Blue in the first quarter of 2011.
Despite the notoriety, ENDWAY’s backbone is still their phenomenal stage show. "We pour our entire existence onto the stage, and want everyone to leave knowing exactly who we are and what we're all about," says lead guitarist Kevin McHugh. No longer playing on street corners for a few fans ENDWAY has rocked performances from historic Fenway Park and The House of Blues to SXSW and dozens of college campuses in between. ENDWAY has shared the stage with national acts including All Time Low, Brand New, State Radio, Boys Like Girls, Hoobastank, Dashboard Confessional, New Found Glory, Damone, and Lost Prophets Their ability to kick-start a music hall is now legendary. While touring in Costa Rica in January 2008, the guys also worked hands on with the Roberta Felix Foundation, a charity that benefits underprivileged children with special needs. “Above the money, the memories and the fun the most basic thing we get out of touring is going out on stage and pouring out all of our energy to the fans and them respecting that,” says lead vocalist Morgan Dorr.
An "Arena Rock, sometimes over the top sound without being too cheesy, Early Matchbox 20 meets U2 on a bed of Maroon 5".....Morgan told me to say that haha. He created that line and still loves it. But yea....we're Fun and like to have a good time with the crowd live.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I got into playing Guitar / Bass when I was about 10 years old. I asked for a guitar for Christmas after seeing Finger Eleven play. (Cmon, it happens to all of us) Since then, live music has been my thing. I really learned how to "improvise" a lot more too when I started playing with the rest of the guys, which was nice.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Watch Hockey Games, of course. This has been a good year for Boston so I've been happy. I also love to eat Pinkberry Yogurt. All the Flavors. All the Toppings. All the Time. And I love Computers and Apple things.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Morgan Dorr. Haha JK....Probably having to split your personal life with band life. Being on the road and in studios and such you tend to miss a few things you really want to be part of (Family Events, Friend Trips, etc) but we're doing what we love to do here too so. It's just a matter of keeping that balance as much as you can.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A Hockey Goalie in the NHL. Dead Serious. I had a sick mask, matching pads and everything. Although, that clearly didnt work out so well....but I'll still live out my dream and crush anyone in NHL for XBOX! Let's play?
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
Well....Boston people are tough to please in a good way haha. It's a great sports city and if theres a big game on, your music is the competition until its over...and then you may continue...and you better be good! haha. But no seriously, its great living here. Everyone is really supportive and has been great to us. What other city would come see you play outside in 2 degree weather for a Christmas Tree Lighting?!
What other artists out there do you love?
My musical tastes clash with everyone in the band. My favorite Artists in no Particular Order are:
I grew up on Blink 182
Tegan and Sara and also Lights (both awesome Live shows)
OK thats enough. I'll tell you them all some other time!
What does your future hold?
Hopefully big things. Maybe a Cribs Episode that would last longer than the 2 minute one I could have now?! Haha. We'll be in the LA Area this Summer, and will have a new record and video out soon too, so we're all excited about that. Also maybe Stanley Cup for Boston? I think we deserve it.