End Street are here to tell you a story or two with their debut album.

Released last April 19 via Tower of Doom, the Filipino pop-punk group’s first full-length release is entitled Mga Kwentong Walang Kwenta (Stories With No Worth). In a press statement, it was revealed that the album cover a variety of topics, including “matters of love and falling out of it, to losing loved ones and finding peace amidst overwhelming grief”. It is meant to tell a “clear story about what the band went through for the last 3 years”.

It’s so-called carrier single is entitled “Hanggang Sa Muli”, the 10th and final track of the album, which serves as goodbye track from frontman Symoun Durias to his grandfather who recently passed away. In the aforementioned press statement, Durias shared a letter addressed to his grandfather. It details how he came to work on the single in light of the realization that his grandfather did not have much time left and how much he wanted his grandfather to hear the song.

In the letter, Durias also mentioned in passing one of the album’s tracks “Gunita” (Memory), a song he wrote for a friend who also passed away. “I thought by writing ‘Gunita’, there’s already some semblance of better days ahead,” he stated. “I thought by singing about pain, I would understand the meaning of loss. I thought I already knew what grief was, until I lost my grandfather.”

Read the letter from Durias to his grandfather below:

From a grieving grandson –

I’m sorry that I’m a few weeks too late; funny how I tried singing about wanting to have more time but then I lost it all too soon and all too fast.

I thought by writing Gunita, there’s already some semblance of better days ahead. I thought by singing about pain, I would understand the meaning of loss. I thought I already knew what grief was, until I lost my grandfather.

During his latter days, my gramps got really sick; sick to the point that I understood that it was only a matter of time before he closed his eyes and never opened them again. At the time, it felt like the right decision was to spend as much time as I could; the few moments that the universe allowed. Around this time, I started working on Hanggang Sa Muli (a song I previously named Boarding Pass) thinking that if I sang loud enough, life would grant me a few more moments to spend with him.

I thought I would be allowed the luxury, but I was wrong. Gramps never got to listen to this song, and I never got to tell him every thank you and every I love you that was aptly owed.

With the release of this album and with the release of this song, I hope that all the words we forget to say, get said. I ran out of time, but I’m hoping you guys don’t. I hope there’s enough comfort in this song that, if we sing loud enough, my grandpa would hear it.

To my grandfather,

You are the greatest gift I was lucky enough to get in this life, and I hope in the next one you’d still be my grandpa. See you someday, okay?

In the next few months, the pop-punk unit is slated to hold a tour across different parts of the Philippines, beginning this coming May 25 with a gig at the Social House in Makati. They will be joined by 123 Pikit, Arcadia, Forgetting69, Good Morning Towel, and Do Not Delay. Pre-sale for tickets are still available via messaging the band’s Facebook page here.

Prior to their debut album, the band released an EP entitled Unplugged, Vol. 1 (Acoustic) in 2022. It features acoustic versions of 5 of their earlier singles.

Listen to “Mga Kwentong Walang Kwenta” by End Street below: