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Photo By Tara Flynn ©2017

Photo By Tara Flynn ©2017

Photo By Tara Flynn ©2017

Photo By Tara Flynn ©2017

Photo By Tara Flynn ©2017

Photo By Tara Flynn ©2017

Photo By Tara Flynn ©2017

Photo By Tara Flynn ©2017

Photo By Tara Flynn ©2017

Photo By Tara Flynn ©2017

AUDIO

The End Tree — Rewrite — pre-audition track fom the upcoming 2017 full length album

 

The End Tree — Everything I Can’t — pre-audition track fom the upcoming 2017 full length album

PERFORMANCE VIDEO

MUSIC VIDEO

 

BIOGRAPHY & QUOTES

 

The End Tree is the Vancouver-based collaborative songwriting project of Elliot Vaughan (Viola/Voice) and Martin Reisle (Cello/Voice). A unique brand of hallucinatory, melodramatic chamber-pop. Songs for strange and beautiful margins; intense, absurd, soft, playful, intricate. Something like if Béla Bartók ran the Dirty Projectors as a string and vocal duet.

 

In addition to The End Tree, they work with David Ward, Only A Visitor, Wake Owl, Jay Malinowski & The Deadcoast, Maria in the Shower, Very Good, and collaborate regularly within Vancouver’s Dance and Theatre communities.

 

The End Tree recorded and self-released the EP Everything is Strange in 2012, and plan to release a full-length record in 2017. With Jay Malinowski and the Deadcoast they released the Indian Summer EP (2013) and the full-length Martel (2014).
In 2012, they joined the six-week Revival Tour of Europe with Chuck Ragan, Cory Brannan, Emily Barker, Rocky Votalato, and Jay Malinowski. In Canada, they have performed in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

 

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“Hearing the End Tree for the first time felt like exactly what I was waiting for. Two brilliant songwriters, singers, and instrumentalists making soulful pop music with sophistication and a deep and woody spirit. Absolutely one of the best bands in Canada.”

—Sean Cronin

 

“Impressed by how new their sound was; rooted as it was in classical music traditions, they nonetheless had a uniquely different sound and a diverse sensibility in their songs.”

—Gesilayefa Azorbo

[Photomusicography]

 

“The End Tree…these three guys and they were making the most dissonant beautiful noise, Like Kronos Quartet, right? With a bit of Warren Ellis.”

—Jay Malinowski

 

“They’re all about positivity, you know like within reason, but they are like….. we’d be sitting there and a fork fell on the floor, and they’re fascinated by it. “What sound was that, what tune was that?” and they’d try to do it again. It was like a fascination and curiosity for sound and what it makes us feel as humans.”

—Jay Malinowski

 

“A violist, cellist, some vocal harmonies, and a united stage presence makes this duo something more than your classic dinner music, but not quite as dramatic as the theater. It is something in between that makes The End Tree so fascinating to audiences and songwriters alike. They are building a reputation based on their superior musicianship and growing resume of collaborations…fluctuations of high and low energy really kept listeners on their toes.”

—Jason Sylvester

[The Bomber Jacket]

 

PRESS RELEASE

THE END TREE RELEASE AND TOUR NEW RECORD
Vancouver based string duo The End Tree release and tour their new record Everything I Can’t in the summer of 2017. Described as “psychedelic-chamber-pop”, this is their second release, following 2012’s Everything is Strange.

About the album, violist/vocalist Elliot Vaughan says, “We experimented tirelessly…by always attaching the experiments to the foundation of strong songwriting, we have ended up making something that is unique and dynamic, without being totally alienating.”

Recorded with Mark Dolmont (Jay Malinowski & the Deadcoast) at Stone Canyon Studios, the album marks an important cumulative document for the band, which had been a trio until the completion of this record. “The record feels so fully formed because Aiden left the band the moment we made it. He was committed to having something to show for our efforts, but knew he didn’t want to continue with The End Tree.”

Elliot and Martin are currently booking summer dates for a tour of Western Canada. Already known for their powerful and engaging performances, they are excited to bring their music to audiences with this newly forged “greater focus, and clarity” as a duo.

 

A STATEMENT ABOUT THE END TREE BY ELLIOT VAUGHAN FEB 2017

 

I used to think of The End Tree as my “research band.”  We would work so hard and for such a long time on a single song, it felt like we tried every possible way of playing it.  Our years of long rehearsals were an incredible schooling in songwriting, arranging, musical technique, musicality, ideas about performance, and collaboration.  Every project I am involved in, no matter the discipline or tradition, what I bring to the table is mainly what I have learnt from The End Tree.

These instruments – violin, viola, cello – sound pretty similar when played nicely.  It is a wonderful sound, and there is a lot of great music for the trio, but we were interested in the other types of sounds that could be made, and we wanted to do it within the confines of song form.  We experimented tirelessly with new directions to bow, spots to tap, intonations and articulations.  Every new song that came into the room had a distinct emotional state that needed to be honoured and supported by the sounds.  By always attaching the experiments to the foundation of strong songwriting, we have ended up making something that is unique and dynamic, without being totally alienating.

The album is a distillation of what we developed together over the seven years we worked as a trio.  There are songs on there that we made three, five, seven years ago, that we have rearranged and turned inside out and fussed over and hated and poured ridiculous attention into.  If they weren’t improving, they were at least alive.  We have a document of where those songs ended up.  More than that, we have a fully formed creature that is ready to be presented.  People that come to our concerts have seen various mutations and deformities, have watched us and our songs evolve, but for anyone else, the album will be a whole new species accidentally found in an old net.

The record feels so fully formed because Aiden left the band the moment we made it.  He was committed to having something to show for our efforts, but knew he didn’t want to continue with The End Tree.  So it really is a record of what we did.

It took some time to decide to keep The End Tree moving forward as a duo.  Part of the reason is to disseminate the album.  But we are excited to try out some fresh ideas.  We want to do a lot more collaboration.  In the past, we have been able to work with a lot of great artists, like Jay Malinowski (we joined him and became The Deadcoast for his record Martel), David Ward (who has an album featuring arrangements by Martin and myself slated for summer 2017), Desiree Dunbar (The End Tree has scored and performed for her choreography), and plenty of others.  It is invigorating to have fresh ideas come into the room.  What does a collaboration between The End Tree and a painter look like?  The End Tree and the poetry of children?

We want to create like this in an on-going manner: create, release, move on.  We are looking for ways to retain the spirit and ideal of the research band, without it being an impediment to actually producing and sharing work.

 

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