Relentless aggression is crucial to Ender's MO. The New Jersey five-piece's debut is called This is Revenge; they play a vindictive cross between Metal and Hardcore (heavier on the latter); and its merch sports slogans like “Break Shit,” “Payback's A Bitch” and “Ruin Somebody's Fucking Day.”
Last September, its hostile approach came into question when a promoter in Allenstown, N.H., pulled Ender from a bill because, as he allegedly said, his venue didn't “book bands that promote violence, hate, revenge, killing, etc.” Before the final decision was made, the band agreed to self-censor its music and merch for the venue, but clearly those impromptu alterations weren't enough. While Ender managed to play elsewhere in New Hampshire, the incident still rattled the band.
In a way, that anecdote — which drummer Danny Lavarco calls “a great example of us being fucked over” — reinforces the band's ideological approach.
Ender plays Mad Hatter Monday with Catalepsy. Go here to read Reyan Ali's full Sound Advice.