Endpoint

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Endpoint Stats
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Record Labels: Slamdek, Cargo, Doghouse
Started By: Rob Pennington Duncan Barlow
Based In: Louisville
Largest show: 2000+ people
Last show: Dec. 31, 1994
Reunion show: May 15, 2010
Number of Members: 17
Manager: Andy Tinsley

Endpoint is/was the largest hardcore band to ever come out of Louisville. No other band could tour the US and Europe, and pull 2000 kids to shows they played in town.

Endpoint was the definitive Midwestern hardcore band throughout most of the '90s, leading the charge for progressive, positive, empowering politics with uplifting, cathartic anthem after anthem championing the oppressed and the free-thinking rights of the individual. Their sound evolved from moshable, singalong-inducing hardcore heavily influenced by the coastal straight-edge scenes and skate rock into moving, more mid-tempo heavy indie core of a more intellectual variety. The band was formed in the late '80s by Louisville natives Rob Pennington, whose soulful crooning and high pitched wails defined the band's sound, and guitarist Duncan Barlow after the dissolution of their Deathwatch project. In 1989, they released a mini-album on cassette only (later reissued on CD by Doghouse) through the Slamdek label, called If the Spirits Are Willing, that also featured the talents of Rusty Sohm (drums) and Jason Graff (bass). Endpoint's next move after securing a new drummer named Lee Fetzer and second guitarist Chad Castetter, was to release an album called In a Time of Hate through California's Conversion label. The band then signed a deal with a then-fledgling Doghouse Records that would eventually help Endpoint become a centerpiece of the international hardcore scene, and the label grow into the sizeable independent entity it is today. The first album to see the light as a result of this partnership was 1992's monumental Catharsis, arguably the best record of the band's impressive career. The album featured new bassist Kyle Noltemeyer and a collection of the band's most harrowing and heartbreaking yet alternately inspiring songs. That same year, Endpoint released an EP of covers similar to Metallica's Garage Days, paying tribute to Embrace, Rites of Spring, Malignant Growth, and the Misfits -- complete with a cover spoofing Samhain's blood-soaked Initium cover shot. At one point during touring, Split Lip's Curtis Mead filled in on bass. Noltemeyer left the band and was replaced by Indiana native Pat McClimans, with Fetzer's spot being filled by Kyle Crabtree. In 1993, this lineup conceived Aftertaste, a bit of a departure for the band that featured streamlined song writing, slower tempos, less furious posturing and more introspective, poetic lyrics, and even an acoustically driven ballad. The band remained intensely
photo by Bryan Volz
political, however, including a message about women's rights inside the liner notes. The members of Endpoint also became involved in various other projects, with Barlow and Noltemeyer's Step Down project becoming Guilt and eventually signing to Victory Records, McClimans fronting Scab before sitting in with Falling Forward, in addition to a band called Metroschifter (together with Castetter) and Tramlaw. In 1994, Endpoint decided to call it a day, playing a huge farewell show on December 31 and releasing The Last Record in 1995, a mini-LP that, while not as important as Catharsis, is perhaps their most focused and accomplished work. Barlow and Noltemeyer continued playing with Guilt until that band's dissolution, with Barlow moving on to other projects before reuniting with Pennington in a band called By The Grace Of God, who released records and toured until the year 2000. Both McClimans and Castetter eventually left Metroschifter. McClimans formed a roots rock band called MT Rhoades and His Lonesome Woods Band. Pennington formed a band called Black Widows in 2001. ~ Ryan J. Downey


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  • Conversion Records - issued by conversion records, has image from the In A Time Of Hate record on front, EP & conversion logos on back, bottom of shirt. Front | Back
  • Winnie The Pooh - Winnie the Pooh holding hands with Piglet and walking away on front, 666 clothing logo on back.
  • I -heart- Endpoint - I heart Endpoint on front, band name and "666" on back. Front | Back
  • Every 26 seconds - usually orange or pink-ish shirts i think, has a block of white on front w/ statistics of violence against women (see below), and has a drawing of a woman laying face down on the back with the band logo.

"Warning: Every 26 seconds a woman is beaten in the United States. This statistic is based solely on the incidents of abuse that are reported. In truth, this number may represent only one tenth of the crimes committed against women. And this number will only increase unless people speak out against these atrocities. Please take a stand and help us smash this disgusting cycle. Thanks." Front | Back

  • My Friends Suck - Short sleeve & Hoodies. Endpoint logo on front w/ text "my friends suck" and Catharsis record cover on back. Front | Back
  • My friends Suck on Tour - same as above but with Catharsis tour dates printed on the sleeve. Hoodies and Longsleeve shirts.
  • Aftertaste - doghouse recs. t-shirt w/ Aftertaste cover on the front. Front
  • Graffiti - Endpoint written in graffiti letters on back, blue shirts.
  • In A Time of Hate - green sweatshirts w/ IATOH cover and quote on back, massive EP logo on front. Front | Back

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