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Big fat Indie Pop from The Morning Benders

What a great band name. Well done, gentlemen.

What a great band name. Well done, gentlemen.

If you like The Shins, there’s a good chance you’ll like The Morning Benders. They’re a relatively young band. The Benders formed slowly over a couple of years and have released two EPs. Their full-length debut, Talking Through Tin Cans, dropped in early 2008. This great release received a lot of attention. iTunes named it the best Indie/Alternative album of 2008 and they have now played with Yo La Tengo, Death Cab For Cutie, The Kooks, MGMT, White Rabbits, and more.

I immediately thought of The Shins when I heard them (and I have since seen others make that comparison) but they have a little more direct Beatles influence than them. So, nothing ground breaking going on here. But then that’s not what they’re trying to do. While it’s not cutting edge, it IS very ear friendly, catchy, and generally happy music.

I pulled 5 tracks from this release and I think you’ll like them:

  • Damnit Anna – I like this song a lot. Not surprisingly, it’s the single. Incidentally, he’s wearing my next Halloween costume 1:12 into the video.
  • I Was Wrong – There is nothing tricky about this track. It’s just a big, accessible pop song that I’m happy to hear every time it comes on. This is probably the most Shins-like track on this release.
  • Patient Patient – What an unusual melody he sings in this song. It’s balanced by the straight ahead percussion and fat acoustic guitar hook. Kind of catchy.
  • Wasted Time – There are links to 55 different live performances of this on YouTube, but no studio track. Here is a sample of this cool, oozy tune. They crank it up a bit as the song progresses and it gets pretty high-energy.
  • When We’re Apart – Plucked acoustic guitar and gentle vocals are all he needs for this beautiful little love song. Good closer for an album.



May 27, 2009 - Posted by | Alternative, Indie, Popular

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