"We’re the band, that after our shows...we would hop off the stage directly after our set to connect with fans," says Michael Grant of Endeverafter. "We’re definitely all for the fans. Kristan (Mallory, guitar) and I jump off the stage, crowd surf, with everyone partying…and talk to whomever. We’re all about the fans. We’re lucky to even have fans, period."
In about 11 days, I'll be boarding a cruise ship for Shiprocked. Endeverafter is one of the very cool bands that will play the ship over the five days at sea. I talked to guitarist/vocalist Michael Grant and guitarist Kristan Mallory a couple weeks ago about all sorts of things, including Shiprocked. Being a music fan and just generally excited about my upcoming vacation, I asked Grant how his band was invited to perform on Shiprocked. Turns out, it goes all the way back to Vince Neil.
"The (Motley) cruise came about because Vince Neil had gotten way of our band from us touring with artists like Cinderella and Poison and that came up in 2005," explains Grant. "We’d done some other tours with bands in the classic 80s rock genre as well, like RATT and Skid Row and one offs at different festivals. I think Vince Neil really got our sound and he wanted our energy and that new element on the cruise as well. Obviously we were happy and honored to be considered to do such a thing. When you’re on a cruise ship (with) some of your favorite bands, musicians and some cool people... you get to go to different countries, you get to lounge, relax, reconnect – it’s amazing."
Because Endeverafter made such a great impact on the Motley Cruise, the band was invited to play on Shiprocked. It’s no coincidence that the person who produced the Motley Cruise is also producing Shiprocked.
Of course, Shiprocked isn't the only thing going for Endeverafter. The modern Glam band is currently working on a new album. In fact, Grant was playing his guitar during our phone chat. A riff would pop into his head, and he'd have to play it. I must admit it was very cool hearing a song take shape - and I'm glad I have it on Mp3, thanks to my little voice recorder.
I've got a few posts about Endeverafter scheduled soon for Noisecreep. In the meantime, read the first one about Michael Grant's day job. He's a pretty cool guy.