The accompanying press blurb describes THE END as "psychedelic groove merchants." There's something in that but to elaborate further, this is rock (as opposed to Heavy Rock) with itchy feet, flavoured with a welcome motown and funk influence. THE END also have a lingering late 60s feel to their music. The keyboards that flesh out their sound, help create that feel, whether it's a bubbling Hammond organ (psychedelic rock) or a brass-tinged sound (motown/ funk)
Destiny, a recent single, is catchy enough but elsewhere there are other songs that display their potential to greater effect. City of Lost Souls might lack their groove-laden trademark, but it is a strong atmospheric, anthemic ballad of sorts. However, it's the exuberant Cavaliers that really jumps in your face; a forceful, insistent melody-laden song, full of verve and bursting with energy. Redman isn't far behind. It's both intense and brooding as well as irresistably funky.
THE END are a cohesive unit and in Rook Randle they possess a charismatic singer with a rich, distinctive voice. On the downside, though, some songs promise more than they deliver, but can't be faulted for lack of passion in their delivery.
Generally speaking Gusto is proof indeed that there's still fresh and original British talent breaking on through. Yeah, the vibe is good.