End Credits Have a Happy Birthday at the Trunk Space
by William Weinstein
Everybody uses space in a different way. Think about how you decorate your home, for example. Do you try to adopt the local culture? Do you recreate your childhood? When given creative control over a space, everybody will have a slightly different take on what they will do to inhabit it.
Onstage, it can be fascinating to see what a band can do with space. In a band, multiple people work together to create a common vision. On Saturday, September 9th, the End Credits release party for their newest album, Reruns, showcased how different bands might use the very simple space provided for them in this local venue.
The first opening act, Angels and Aliens, lived up to their name. Their sound was otherworldly, seeming to come from beyond this plane of existence. The cello added an interesting element that brought them beyond just alternative rock to a sound that was distinct. The lead singer, Angel Kakes, has an incredible songwriting talent. Their performance felt like something happening behind glass that it would be rude to disturb. Bryon Mogul, the lead guitarist, not only shredded with a sound out of hair metal but also did the lions share of promoting for this show.
His contribution to the show, though significant, was not unusual. There was a feeling throughout the night that what was happening was a DIY event made entirely of the local social circles. Sturdy Ladies, the act that followed Angels and Aliens, heightened that feeling. Three women who could have been your mom played punk rock that was straight out of the Ramones. Their trio provided a serious jolt of adrenaline that had everybody in the building dancing. Dana and Chela, the guitarist and bassist respectively, traded vocals back and forth and generally had a great time. The show transformed from the almost ethereal place that it had been with Angels and Aliens to a garage show packed with adrenaline. Everyone felt like they were 17 again.
When Sturdy Ladies left, Andy Warpigs and the Nice Guys came on. When Andy played, you got the sense that everything leading up to his act had been performance art, and now here was the bizarre centerpiece you were expecting. I have covered Andy Warpigs before and it was a great show last time as well. At this concert, he had some of his regular band with him and had Dadadoh guest-starring on drums. The sound was full, expansive, and freaky. It felt like he had hijacked a talent show, locked the doors, and was reading his diary to the audience. The songs he played were old and new, and he interspersed them with plenty of comedic monologues to the audience. This was his fifth of six shows in 72 hours, so he was understandably wide-eyed and off the walls. Andy was effortlessly talented.
Finally, after everybody had come and gone, End Credits took the stage. Their name lives up exactly to their sound: the music they play could be the end credits to a movie or tv show. The lyrics, however, are sometimes dark. The Jehad sisters, Sara and Jude, lead the group on vocals and guitars, but the rest of the band also has considerable skill. David Giron Jr, the drummer, had an incredibly energetic and tight playing style that kept them all on track through their shiny debut. Their keyboardist, Alicia Chrysanthemum, added a poppy synthetic texture to every song that took it in a direction away from ordinary alternative rock and made it something new. They played songs from their new album and several people already knew the words. It really did feel like they were playing at their own birthday party.
At the end of the night, the stage sat unoccupied and quiet. Various local Phoenix acts show up pretty regularly to the Trunk Space, but this felt like a swath of all of them. The night’s mood overall was cheerful. Whether that was a dreamy, frenetic, turbocharged, or sparkly kind of cheerful shifted throughout. It was the Phoenix music family coming together to congratulate one of their own. The experience was phenomenal, and the acts that played can be regularly seen throughout the Valley. Go see them sometime and experience their space. It all happens in one Valley, it just changes based on what you make of it.
Photos by William Weinstein.