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Formed in the heart of Brooklyn, N.Y.C., Endless Boogie are an American rock ensemble, known for traversing the styles of psychedelic rock, stoner rock, and blues rock.
Made up of Paul Major (vocals, guitar), Jesper Eklow (guitar), Marc Razo (bass guitar), and Harry Druzd (drums) the band was formed in 1997 after the members began to indulge in Tuesday night jam sessions. After some time, word began to spread of the ensemble’s sound and indie rock musician Stephen Malkmus decided to coax them out of their rehearsal space in order to open for his band Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks at their debut N.Y.C. show in 2001. Naming themselves after an album by John Lee Hooker, the band’s performance was a success, which led to more live requests and the quartet eventually found themselves recording their rehearsals for their debut independent releases in 2005. The recordings in question were composed of numerous basement rehearsals, separated into limited copies of two volumes (simply entitled Vol. 1 and Vol. 2) which the band gave out at their appearance at the 2005 ATP festival in the U.K. In 2008, the band put out their first official album, Focus Level, via Philadelphia-based label, No Quarter Records. The record received widespread critical acclaim, garnering stylistic comparisons to the blues-laden hard rock of household acts such as ZZ Top and Canned Heat. The band delivered their sophomore effort for No Quarter in 2010’s Full House Head, which was swiftly followed by another rehearsal collection entitled The Skinless Ogress Revolution, Which Feeds on Human Sacrifice; a limited-edition 100-copy release that Eklow had handmade for sale at gigs on a West Coast tour. This tradition of capturing live rehearsals for hard copy releases cropped up again on the 2011 EP Twenty Minute Jam: Getting Out of the City. Endless Boogie's third album, Long Island, was deemed as one of the band’s career-defining moments, with many citing it as their most eclectic, cohesive, and detailed effort to date. The group returned in early 2017 with their fourth full-length, Vibe Killer. The record was once again released via No Quarter Records. ~ Rob Wacey, Rovi