End Xian started in the early fall of 2015 by Pennsylvania based recording artist Christian Alexander. End Xian was originally intended as Alexander's first solo release but after the project’s inception it was quickly and organically transformed into a collaborative outfit. Enlisting local noise artist, Jesse Yanniel (Rise of Because) along with Northern California's unpredictable electronic artist Andrew James Southard (Young Aundee), the trio recorded the END XIAN debut in a quick burst of spontaneous creativity.
The initial compositions were written by Alexander (Hex Inverter) and later greatly influenced by field recordings that Yanniel made inside a church that was under construction in Barcelona, Spain while vacationing the prior year. Many songs are layered with synthesizers that spar with the ambience Yanniel captured. The songs pulse with noisy violent outbursts that collide with other lo fi samples and homemade recordings. Rough sketches were sent via email between Alexander and Southard to create these unusual structures.
"There was no set method for composing and recording the material... Andy and I often laughed at the backwards approach to compiling this stuff... I personally threw every past constraint out the window for composing when writing this record" stated Alexander. The band recorded with a few different engineers including Rosetta drummer, BJ McMurtrie, who stepped out of his comfort zone to play bass overtop a improvised noise jam that Yanniel and Alexander created in his garage studio on a chilly autumn evening. The Atrium Twins, Richard Hoak (Brutal Truth) and James Plotkin (Khanate) also produced tracks for this eclectic yet cohesive release.
To be released July 15th on Halfpear (vinyl/cd/digital) and City of Hell (cassette). The album entitled 'Soft Rock' will be housed in a beautiful layout with longtime Alexander collaborator Brian Azer (Jesu/Sun Kil Moon).