IF YOU want something done properly, do it yourself.

That’s certainly what rising metalcore band End of Daze have been doing since they formed a few years back and it’s working out pretty damn well for them.

The Weymouth-based band, now unleashed to the public as a frighteningly talented six-piece, released their first album back in September 2015 and have gigged all over the place, including dates at festivals across Europe and metal nights across the UK.

They’ve got a series of prestige showcase gigs lined up for this year to promote their second album, as yet untitled, which is due for release very soon.

And all this without major record company support, just down to the hard work of the band and their tight network of fans and supporters.

As Tom Staple, one of the bands two vocalists, tells me: “There’s been a lot of interest from companies but we’ve been doing so well ourselves, they’d have to do it a lot better for us to consider them.

“We’ve been working on the new album at a studio in Gosport and at producer Pash Stratton’s studio in Bournemouth. He did our first album too.”

Tom shares vocal duties with Harry Shooter with Harry taking the feral shouting and guttural screaming on the choruses and hooks and Tom handling the more melodic verses.

The twin guitar assault of Winter Prior and Jack Wood lead the skull-crushing sonic meltdown with jaw-dropping solos while the bass of James Jefferis and drums of Jason Jones hold down a very meaty low end.

(Incidentally, did I tell you about the time I suffered from a meaty low end? Not nice, but a combination of Sudocrem and Swarfega cleared it up a treat. Thanks for asking.) Moving swiftly on and there’s a chance to catch End of Daze in Weymouth next Friday, January 25 when they play at Finns.

“It’s always good to play a hometown gig,” Tom tells me “and it’s where we started out.”

It looks like a must-go gig for those of you who love their innards rearranged and bowels voided by low frequency noise with four other great metal bands on the bill.

There’s hardcore rockers The Disconnect from Southampton, Dorchester’s very own riff merchants Hollow Horizons, Brighton-based Barriers and, headlining on this occasion, Jack The Envious, alt/punks from that London.

Tickets for a splendid night of all-original metal music are £5 in advance or £6 on the door from 7pm.

Get there early because you know it’s going to be mosh city central right from the off.

Till next time…

FRI 18

Mischief Managed, The Cubes, Ed Hintze, The Undecided, Chris Howatt (Wyke Regis Working Mens Club, Weymouth) Fundraiser for Leukaemia UK charity

Eduardo Niebla Experience (Dorchester Arts Centre)

Fluke (Finns, Weymouth)

Elijah Wolf Band (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)

Something Borrowed (Weymouth Working Mens Club)

Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Speedway Snails (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth)

Miss Ruby and the Roadhouse Blues Band (Ship, Wool)

Billy Solo (Wellington, Weymouth)

Jazz Café (Bridport Arts Centre)

Andy Grant Trio (Golden Lion, Weymouth)

Nathan Jon Duo (Gamekeeper, Charminster)

Thin Wire Fence (Ropemakers, Bridport)

Karen Kay (Black Dog, Weymouth)

Aaron and Karina (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)

Johnny Mac (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)

SAT 19

Buddy Holly: A Legend Reborn (Weymouth Pavilion)

Glass Spiders (Finns, Weymouth)

Hustle (Sailors Return, Weymouth)

Dale Fender Band (Weymouth Working Mens Club)

TBC (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Regulation 9 (Market House, Weymouth)

Aaron and Karina (Weymouth Conservative Club)

Jon Storey Band (Belvedere, Weymouth)

Kaboodle (Wyke Regis Working Mens Club, Weymouth)

Tripod (Golden Lion, Weymouth)

More Than One (Wyke Regis Social Club, Weymouth)

Total Madness (Black Dog, Weymouth)

Sticky Jam Band (Centenary  Club, Weymouth)

Vanilla Radio (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)

Georgie Broad (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)

SUN 20

Greg Agar (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)

Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth) 3pm and 8.30pm.

Jon Storey Band (Black Dog, Weymouth) 4-6pm.

Ricky Solo (Sailor’s Return, Weymouth)  From 3pm.

Acoustic folk and country (Old Town Hall, Weymouth) 730pm.

Jim Reynolds (Ropemakers, Bridport) 4-6pm.

Hamish (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth) 8-11pm.

Duke and the Broad’s Rat Pack (Park, Weymouth) 3-6pm.

Scots Dan’s Open Mic (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)

MON 21

Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Acoustic session (Belvedere, Weymouth)


Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

WED 23

Steve Knightley Roadworks (Dorchester Arts Centre)

Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Wessex Folk Night (Sailors Return,  Weymouth) Acoustic folk, here every Wednesday.

Open Mic Night (Rock, Weymouth)


Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Traditional Tune Session (Cove House Inn, ChiswelI, Portland

Ukulele Sessions (Sailors Return,  Weymouth) Strum on down from 8pm.

FRI 25

End of Daze, Jack the Envious, The Disconnect, Barriers, Hollow Horizons (Finns, Weymouth) Tickets £5. £6 on the door from 7.30pm.

Furious Pussies (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)

Wiggie (Weymouth Working Mens Club)

Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Zoe Schwarz and Rob Koral (Y&Ys, Brewery Sq, Dorchester)

Glass Spiders (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth)

Rich Baxter (Gloucester, Weymouth)

Billy Solo (Wellington, Weymouth)

Banana High (Ropemakers, Bridport)

Dakota (Golden Lion, Weymouth)