End Xian is a collaborative collective of musicians who banded together to create nearly improvisational levels of spontaneous music. They will release their debut album, Soft Rock, on August 5, 2016 via Halfpear Records. Formed in 2015, as the brainchild of Pennsylvania-based recording artist Christian Alexander (Empty Flower, Hex Inverter) the band was originally intended as a solo release but, after the project’s inception, it organically transformed into a collaborative outfit. The group has described their sound as “Ambient, Noise, Drone, Experimental”, but their upcoming release Soft Rock packages a whole bunch more than just that.
Many tracks are enhanced by Jesse Yanniel (Rise of Because) as well as Northern California’s unpredictable electronic artist, Andrew James Southard (aka Young Aundee). But the album also contains plenty of collaborative effort. For example, friends and fellow musicians including bassist BJ McMurtrie (Rosetta), who stepped out of his comfort zone to play bass over a improvised noise / jazz / spazz-out jam, drummer Richard Hoak (Brutal Truth) and guitarist James Plotkin (Khanate, Scorn) contributed, the latter two artists each producing tracks for the effort, in addition. The results are, as you will hear, quite monumental.
After completion of the record, Hoak, Vincent Rosa (Starkweather) and Gillian Dreadful (Fad Nauseam) officially joined the band for live performances and future recordings. The band will make its live debut on July 25, 2016, performing at Philadelphia’s Kung Fu Necktie. For more details, visit the Facebook event page. You can also check out a full album teaser here.