Our TooGood Artist of the Month performs three of those songs for us, and explain why they turned down a record deal.
Pizza delivery boys and janitors by day; musicians by night -- this is the life of The Habits, TooFab's TooGood Artist of the Month, who caught our attention with their brand of catchy alt-pop that will likely be playing on repeat in your head long after your first listen.
Comprised of Wolf Bradley, Andrew Macatrao and Chance Famighetti, this three-man SoCal band got its humble start in San Pedro, California. They soon ventured out of Bradley's parents' ballet studio, where they first met, and branched out to Los Angeles to expand their growing fanbase.
After spending their youth experimenting different band names, sounds and members, the three settled on The Habits, stemming from the phrase "creatures of habit." They also settled on a guitarist who sings (Bradley), a keyboard player who harmonizes (Famighetti) and a drummer -- no bassist necessary. The unsigned band (though we suspect not for long) released their latest single, "Ghost," earlier this year and are prepping a music video for another single, "Calling Me Up," which they played for us when they stopped by TooFab's studio for an acoustic session you won't want to miss.
The 20-somethings tasted fame for the first time after getting a demo played on KROQ -- one of the biggest radio stations in Southern California -- in exchange for a Milkyway (yes, the candy bar). The DJ never got his Milkyway, but the boys did get the exposure, which led to Warner Bros. execs and several different music managers reaching out with offers, but The Habits chose to fly solo, which they're still doing today.
"We just want to make whatever we can make happen by ourselves before we bring in someone else," Bradley said of their decision to remain independent (for now, at least). "I think it’s important to grow organically. Not that we're against signing by any means —- if anybody is out there —- but we wanted to see where we can take it. Just kind of make it our own first."
The next step? Touring. But before that, they'll be playing more venues in the LA area. You can catch them at House of Blues Anaheim on May 4th, at Saint Rocke in Redondo Beach on May 10 and Lucky Strike Hollywood on May 17.
Enjoy the The Habits' in-studio performance above, and good luck getting their songs out of your head. If you like what you hear, find them on Twitter, Facebook and SoundCloud to keep an eye on a band we're expecting big things from.