Meet the Band: Tommy Ende (lead vocals), Kenny Ende (guitars), Frank Wheeler (bass), David Jordan (drums)
Throwback Thursday: While most contemporary musicians find inspiration in alt-rock or hip-hop, the members of Nasty Habit have a glam rock sound that would fit right in on the Sunset Strip in the 1980s. Nasty Habit officially came into being in 2011, after the Ende brothers found two kindred spirits in drummer David Jordan and bassist Frank Wheeler, who was just 16 at the time. "There was potential oozing out of the kid," says Tommy Ende. Since then, the band has released six music videos. The group also played on last year's Vans Warped Tour and was a runner-up for the Grammy Gig-of-a-Lifetime contest in 2013. Their fan base is international, thanks to YouTube where — with over a quarter of a million video views — it's easy to find covers of Nasty Habit songs by bands in South America and beyond. "YouTube and the Internet has made us total 'rock stars' to foreign fans; we're thankful and appreciative of the international support," says Ende.
Out on Tour: The latest tour started in late August and will stretch out until December. The band will venture from its Syracuse, New York, home base out to the Midwest and back. "Touring has been the best part about the band," says Ende. "What's better than seeing the country with your best friends?" asks brother Kenny Ende.
Why You Should Hear Them: If you long for the day of big hair, big amps and "girls, girls, girls," Nasty Habit will scratch your itch with songs like "Saturday Night" and "Hip Shakin' Fox." Musically, the band has set out to revamp a genre of music that embodied a spirit of youth, rebellion and good times. Nasty Habit is over-the-top and in-your-face hook driven hard rock. Currently, the band is hard at work on a full-length album. "We like our songs to be 'over the top," says Ende. "We're very excited to get this new stuff out to the masses; it perfectly represents our vision for Nasty Habit," says Ende.
Where You Can Hear Them: nastyhabitkills.com
Where You Can See Them: Nasty Habit performs at 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, at the Grindhouse in Berea.