Before rocking stages nationwide and getting their music played on numerous MTV shows, the members of Boston based band ENDWAY were nearly homeless. Band members Kevin McHugh (Guitar, Vocals), Dennis Walsh (Bass, Vocals), Andrea Belfiore (Drums), Morgan Dorr (Lead Vocals, Guitar) and Brian Lempert (Keys, Vocals), literally gave up everything to pursue their love of music. As a result the guys ended up playing over 200 shows nationwide—sharing the ENDWAY message with any and everyone that would lend an ear.
ENDWAY’s philosophy on the sacrifice was simple—they believe if you do what you love and you’ll be great at it. They did it so much that their suitcases became their closets, and the couches and floors of fans and friends became their bedrooms. This connection to the audience and fan base is one of the many things that separate them from your everyday rock band.
During that journey, ENDWAY released the band’s self-titled debut album, which catapulted them from virtually unknown to a hot commodity. As luck would have it a producer from MTV’s The Real World happened upon the CD from one of the cast members. He liked the ENDWAY’s sound so much so that nine of the songs off of the album were featured on five different MTV shows including The Real World, Road Rules, and The Hills.
To keep up with the modern day trends of giving their fans continuous content and music, the band released there next album—the appropriately titled Running Man in late 2009.
With licensing successes, several critically acclaimed performances, two critically acclaimed albums and positive word of mouth, ENDWAY gained the attention of an up and coming producer/label owner, Andrew Koss of Tainted Blue Studios/Productions in New York City. Koss was so blown away with their devotion and dedication to the music that he had to be involved! Koss produced their recently released album, Colors. The album, which features the internet hit “Running Man,” is decidedly worldlier sounding than any of ENDWAY’s previous releases. With such a varied fan base the band succeeded in making an album that anyone can get into no matter their background. Colors was finished in the fall of 2010 and digitally released by Tainted Blue in the first quarter of 2011.
Despite the notoriety, ENDWAY’s backbone is still their phenomenal stage show. “We pour our entire existence onto the stage, and want everyone to leave knowing exactly who we are and what we’re all about,” says lead guitarist Kevin McHugh. No longer playing on street corners for a few fans ENDWAY has rocked performances from historic Fenway Park and The House of Blues to SXSW and dozens of college campuses in between. ENDWAY has shared the stage with national acts including All Time Low, Brand New, State Radio, Boys Like Girls, Hoobastank, Dashboard Confessional, New Found Glory, Damone, and Lost Prophets Their ability to kick-start a music hall is now legendary. While touring in Costa Rica in January 2008, the guys also worked hands on with the Roberta Felix Foundation, a charity that benefits underprivileged children with special needs. “Above the money, the memories and the fun the most basic thing we get out of touring is going out on stage and pouring out all of our energy to the fans and them respecting that,” says lead vocalist Morgan Dorr.