“Los Endos are a UK based Genesis tribute band with just one aim – to bring the fantastic music of Genesis – the greatest band in the greatest decade of rock music – to life in a venue near you.” That is how the mentioned UK based unit defines their mission.
Prog Sphere spoke to the band as a part of our Band of the Week feature series.
Tell me about the beginnings of Los Endos.
Los Endos was formed by Alan Pearson (keys) and Nigel Betteridge (vocals/percussion – known as Rail because he is a train driver!) We had both seen Genesis tribute bands in 2002, decided we would like to do that as Genesis life long fans and decided to find band members. Rail put an ad on a forum in 2003 and Alan replied – then we set about looking for the remaining members. We started with a Brazilian “Steve Hackett”, a Scottish “Phil Collins” and a left handed Mike Rutherford with a “cut and shut” Rickenbacker double neck! The band evolved over the next 4 years and we eventually played our first gig on 6th January 2007 at the Seaxe Music Venue in Brentwood Essex. By then we had a new bassist – Martin Clarke, a new guitarist – Gary Lucas, and a new vocalist – Dennis Stewart.
Have you thought about writing your own – Genesis inspired music, or it was set since the beginning that you will be only a tribute band?
The band mostly play in other cover bands but Genesis is in our genetics – THIS is what we want to do!
We all grew up in the 70s and 80’s, spanning the early era of Genesis when Steve Hackett was at the guitar and true prog was alive. When Alan and Nige found possible band members they were just as excited as playing Genesis as we were.
Which Genesis era in particular is the subject of your interest?
We cover the Gabriel/Hackett era mainly though we do play other select later tracks!
What is your favorite Genesis album.
That’s a really difficult question! If you look at our set list it mostly covers Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot and Selling England by the Pound. You’ll find the band split on which one!
Favorite Genesis song to perform.
The first most complex track we played was Battle of Epping Forest – there’s a big smile on everyones face when we play that one!
How do you go about breaking down the songs for the purpose of learning them?
Everyone has a different way of doing this – we each know how the tracks sound and we go away to do our individual homework. Then we come back and work through it in rehearsal – once we each have our part the coming together usually doesn’t take too long!
What are the biggest challenges you face when breaking down or covering a song for the first time?
The first challenge is which version? And on some tracks is it Hackett on guitar or Banks on RMI piano? Then how many 12 string guitar parts and who plays what?
Which songs comprise your current repertoire? Do you have in plan to expand it with new pieces?
Our repertoire is vast!
Watcher of the Skies
After The Ordeal
Aisle Of Plenty
Back In New York City
Battle of Epping Forest
Blood On The Rooftops
Can-Utility And The Coastliners
Lamb Lies Down/Musical Box (END)
Dance On A Volcano
Dancing with the Moonlit Knight
Down And Out
Eleventh Earl Of Mar
Firth Of Fifth
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
Fountain Of Salmacis
Get ‘Em Out By Friday
Unquiet Slumbers For The Sleepers…
…In That Quiet Earth
In The Cage
Watcher Of The Skies
Land Of Confusion
More Fool Me
Return Of The Giant Hogweed
Robbery, Assault & Battery
The Battle Of Epping Forest
The Carpet Crawlers
The Cinema Show
The Fountain Of Salmacis
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Turn It On Again
Which Genesis song in particular serves as the best example of the Los Endos’ cohesiveness?
Battle of Epping Forest.
Tell me about the setup you use when performing live.
We have our own 32 track digital desk and in ear monitoring and a large array of lighting.
How do people react on your performances of Genesis songs?
We regularly received standing ovations at the end of our performances!
You have several 2014 dates confirmed for UK. Do you have in plan to tour Europe at some point?
We would love to travel to Europe more but costs are prohibitive and difficult to fund. Any promoters out there?
What are your future plans?
We plan to continue to expand our repertoire and visit as many venues as possible in the coming years.
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