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.
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.