Monday, May 24, 2010

The Morning Benders

This week we are featuring another great indie rock band. The more I listen to bands such as Vampire Weekend, Yeasayer, Beach House and The Black Keys the more I am loving the world of indie rock music. This week’s band is no exception to this love. The Morning Benders is a band from Berkeley, California who started up in 2005. The band is made up of Julian Harmon, Tim Or, Jonathan Chu, and Christopher Chu and they just recently released their second album.

The Morning Benders may look young but their musical talents outweigh their years. The release of their second album, Big Echo, shows their advancement and change since releasing their first album, Talking Through Tin Cans in 2008. You can hear the difference when listening to the track in the player, “Patient Patient,” which is on their first album. In the five years since their start they have supported some huge indie bands on tour and they are continuing that streak by supporting The Black Keys, this summer on tour. The Black Keys just released their album last week and they are #2 on the iTunes album sales.

It only seems big things are to come for The Morning Benders. They are only just beginning and just from seeing the growth from the first album I know there is a lot of untapped potential. Below is a great video they made showing how they recorded the track, “Excuses” with all their friends crammed into a recording studio. Check it out.

Yours Truly Presents: The Morning Benders "Excuses" from Yours Truly on Vimeo.

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s featured band. Be sure to leave your comments below and share it with your friends.

Photo 1 - by Brooke Sheridan
Photo 2 - By Dominick Mastrangel
Photo 3 - by Jason McDonald


Anonymous said...

I'm not sure all of the bands you mentioned are actually considered the same genre. Vampire Weekend uses Afro-pop and tropical rhythms.

But I think you might like Ramona Falls and/or Menomena because their music is complex. :)

This sounds like a combo of psychedelic 60s and 50s do-wop. I like it. Thanks for turning us on to it.

Mary (Mary's Monday Musicology) said...

Thanks for pointing that out. I was considering indie rock as a whole as a genre but I'm going to clear that up so as to not confuse :) Thank you so much for the recommendations. Checking them out right now!