The Single Will Be Split With Fellow Brooklynites, The Subjects, Out August 12th On Pretty Activity Records
Sophomore LP â€œFrench Exitâ€ Out This Fall On Flameshovel/Pretty Activity Records
Saturday, July 26 @ Union Hall (702 Union Street) Brooklyn, NY / Set Time: 10:30pm
â€œStefan Marolachakis delivers each line as though it were part of a speech that’s going to take a while to finish; when he pauses, you can almost hear him reaching for a glass of water. …and when Marolachakis weaves his woozy croon through the beat, You’re Making It Come Alive frequently lives up to its title. On songs like the hustling ‘Party’s Over,’ The End Of The World creates an electric racket that’s similar to Pavement’s early singles. It’s like someone accidentally recorded an expectedly intense performance in some basement in the middle of nowhere.” – Noel Murrary, Onion A.V. Club
“Given the over-saturation of the Brooklyn scene, it’s as easy to overlook one fledging band as it is to over-hype another. Hopefully this foursome will land somewhere in between, as their debut album warrants a spot on those ‘Ones To Watch For’ lists.” – CMJ
“And for a good three minutes the End of the World has us, holding ‘Last Cast’ slightly aloft, taking it for a few well-timed dips and across a steady bridge, Marolachakis’ elongated vowels gluing the whole thing together.” – Matthew Solarski, Pitchforkmedia.com
“‘You’re Making It Come Alive’–on Chicago’s Flameshovel, which continues to be the most exciting label in the city these days–intrigues from the start, when it becomes abundantly clear that the band is dedicated to being true to its instruments–without much flash or layered overdubbing, the sixties garage rock the group produces sounds precisely like a band playing in a garage.” – Tom Lynch, New City Chicago
When you leave without saying goodbye, it’s called a “French Exit.” Suffice it to say, there has been an interesting cast of characters weaving in and out of the lives of The End of the World’s Stefan Marolachakis and Benjamin Smith — but somehow through 14 bass players and one fistfight, the two of them have been able to stick together, whether it be as best friends or as band mates. It’s a rarity in a city where true friends are hard to come by.
Singing drummer Stefan first met guitarist Benjamin in Spanish class nine years ago. The two friends have been writing and recording music together ever since, now better known as the Brooklyn-based band, The End of the World.
With 11 songs of city stories, the band’s second full-length, French Exit (on Flameshovel/Pretty Activity, distributed via Touch & Go), addresses the growing pains of boys becoming men and transitioning into adulthood, or at least attempting to do so.
“Most of the record is very much about our lives, our friendship and our friends in general,” said Benjamin. “It’s definitely a growing up, life choices type of record.”
Stefan’s old school crooner voice underscores an earnestness in his narrative lyrics as he sings about people who have appeared and disappeared from his life. Onstage, he is a captivating storyteller, reflecting on the ins and outs of his life, his loves and his friendships. Meanwhile, Benjamin chimes in with shimmery, yearning guitar strums. The sound is minimalist and stripped down, calling attention to each song’s emotion and tone.
â€œWhen everything else is removed and itâ€™s just the two of us, thereâ€™s a really good line of communication there,â€ Stefan said about writing the record. â€œIt made it easier to make a record that felt honest and clear. â€˜Say what you meanâ€™ was one of our mottoes.â€
The duo performed, recorded and self-produced every song on the record as a two-piece in both Montana and Brooklyn. For their charming live show, they bring along friends Sam Axelrod (ex-Narrator) on bass and Mike Incze on pedal steel and guitar.
The End of the World is coming out with a split 7″ on August 12th with Pretty Activity label mates The Subjects entitled Subs & Dubs 7″. It includes The End of the World’s “Someone Else’s Dollar” from French Exit on one side and The Subjects’ “Goldenshire Boogie” on the other side. At last yearâ€™s CMJ Music Festival MTV News ran a segment on the long-standing friendship and good-natured rivalry between the two bands, who have been playing shows together for years.
The End of the World first released a 4-song self-titled EP on Pretty Activity in May 2005. The EP spawned the single, “This Little Theater,” which was featured in Jonathan Demmeâ€™s remake of The Manchurian Candidate. The Village Voice declared it “the best song to come out of Brooklyn” that year. The band followed up with their debut full-length, You’re Making It Come Alive, on Flameshovel/Pretty Activity in October 2006. The album was produced with Bill Skibbe and Jessica Ruffins at Key Club Recording Studios.
Over the years, the End of the World has toured and performed shows with bands like Cursive, MGMT, French Kicks, Maritime, +/-, Bishop Allen, Ambulance LTD, David Vandervelde and Working For a Nuclear Free City.
Sub & Dubs 7″ Tracklisting
Side A: The End of the World – “Someone Else’s Dollar”
Side B: The Subjects – “Goldenshire Boogie”