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The Morning Benders

Equally indebted to the Shins and Brian Wilson, the Morning Benders mix sunny pop songcraft with jangling guitars, collegiate wit, and a contemporary indie ethic. Frontman Chris Chu launched the group as a solo project in 2005, using a single microphone and laptop to record his first batch of songs. The Loose Change EP arrived in September 2006, and Chu subsequently opened the Benders' doors to several of his UC Berkeley classmates, including drummer Julian Harmon, bassist Tim Or, and guitarist/organist Joe Ferrell. A second EP, Boarded Doors, appeared in early 2007 and was well received by such Bay Area publications as The SF Weekly, prompting Chu to take a part-time job as a studio engineer in order to finance an additional record. Largely produced, engineered, and mixed by Chu himself, the full-length Talking Through Tin Cans arrived in May 2008 on the newly minted +1 Records label.

Talking Through Tin Cans fared well in indie pop circles, and the band toured heavily in support of its release, occasionally serving as the opening act for bands like Death Cab for Cutie and the Kooks. After releasing an album of acoustic pop covers, the Morning Benders pulled up stakes and moved to Brooklyn, where their '60s SoCal hooks gradually gave way to a more experimental sound. With Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor serving as co-producer, the bandmates introduced their new approach with 2010's Big Echo, an ambitious album that fused Chu's pop melodies with atmospheric textures. Shortly following the album's release, Ferrell left the band, replaced by Chris' brother Jon Chu. Amid touring and work on a new album, the band left San Francisco for Brooklyn. In early 2012 the band announced via twitter and Facebook they'd be changing their name to Pop Etc. after learning the word "bender" carried some homophobic connotations in the U.K. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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The most calming/roma n t i c band ever
They sound like a modern Beatles!;)
In my opinion The Morning Benders is a lot better than POP ETC. I just prefer the more acoustic mellow sounding band rather than the pop-ish genre. It sounds like they auto tune the singers voice or add some kind of effects on some songs which I find is unnecessary, the singer has a great voice. I still support what they do though, if they want to try new directions I say let 'em, The Morning Benders will be missed
They are easily one of my all time favorite bands.They sound great live.

*For those who don't know they have recently changed their name to Pop ETC, because in certain places in Europe their name was offensive to the gay community.
They sound more like The Beatles than the Shins. I think they are better than both honestly
fav. song;excuses ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
tednoneman
wow can u say Shins ripoff or vice versa.....do n ' t know enough to say.
If you like listening to their music you'll LOVE them live!
alex1447
I love the Morning Benders!! :D
I found out my half brother is the drummer for the band! :D
so good...the version of excuses on you tube, recorded in the studio with a mob of artists, is so amazing. Check it out if you haven't heard yet.
zee, banky or banksy? either way R.I.P.
Love...
gavinpsmith8 6
Love the morning benders!!! XOXOX
They opened for Broken Bells, and I have to say, they were very good. I'd heard about their alleged Shins similarity from a friend, but the stuff they played (from their new album), I didn't get that feeling at all. They were surprisingly engaging for the wall-of-soun d stuff they were playing for the most part, and brought everyone in on the wordless chorus of one of their tunes. I enjoyed myself.
EDIT: Also, very young. I saw one with a backpack and could have sworn he was as young as fifteen.
regan.kerry
These guys are nothing like the Shins. The shins are lamenting adults wishing they did things differently during their golden years. Don't get me wrong great music. But the benders are fresh. I saw them buy chance in LA and they offered me a drink ticket and Boarded Doors for a mere $5. Shedding my Skin is a great prose. These guys are living it. Not wishing they had lived it before. Too bad for you that you only see the Shins.
mark_zajack
Chux - are you saying Banky was not an artist?
agreed. sounds more like a shins cover band.
These guys give me shin splints. This is the biggest rip-off since Mr Peanut moved in on the Monopoly man.....Dece n t tunes, but tracing someone elses drawing doesn't make you an artist.
I can't believe this isn't The Shins. Sounds good though.
i like their waiting for a war song the best they should put that on here
These guys are the awesomest.
happy on a cloudy, dreary day.

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