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Video of the Moment #350: The Morning Benders

 
By on Monday, 20th September 2010 at 6:00 pm
 

Below is the new video for the Morning Benders song, ‘All Day Day Light’, taken from their debut album, ‘Big Echo’. This is how a performance video should look like: the music sounds fab, the musicians look great and the lighting is perfect. And considering we’re heading straight into autumn, what’s better than some falling leaves?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QtWTRW4R-Y[/youtube]

The Morning Benders are playing a one-off gig at London’s Borderline on the 30th of September – buy your tickets here on Ticketweb.

 

Live Review: Broken Bells with the Morning Benders at 9:30 Club, Washington DC – 07 June 2010

 
By on Wednesday, 9th June 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

Take two stars of the music world – the Shins’ James Mercer and Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) – and let them go to town making music. Good reason the Broken Bells debut album
(you can read my review from March here) was one of the most anticipated album of the year. The two played nearly everything on the album but to take this ‘project’ on the road, Broken Bells becomes a seven-member band. And a strong one at that. They appeared at a sold-out 9:30 Club Monday night.

The Morning Benders, the support act for the night, are a young Californian pop/rock band. Their latest album released this year, ‘Big Echo’, was produced by their lead singer Christopher Chu and Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor. So it’s safe to say that if you live on ‘Veckatimest’ and songs like ‘While We Wait for the Others’, you should check these guys out, because chances are you’ll dig them too. A nice-sized crowd had assembled for their set. Chu realised this early on, thanking us with a winsome smile at regular intervals and even going as far as asking the audience, ‘do you want ‘Hand Me Downs’ or ‘Pleasure Sighs’?’ (naming two choices of song from ‘Big Echo’). Come now. How often do you see democracy in action at a gig?

Personally, I prefer my rock to have a bit more bite and my pop to have more hooks. But never mind me. Judging from the unbridled squeals of delight from the crowd (ow, right in my ear!) and the massive singalong of ‘da dum, da dum, la da da da dum’ erupting in their set closer ‘Excuses’, I’d say they also have a relatively young-ish and devoted fanbase in Washington. Good thing too, because they’re supporting Dan Auerbach’s Black Keys at Constitution Hall in July and will return for a headlining tour of their own in the autumn.
Carry on reading the review, catch some pictures and the setlist…

 

The Morning Benders / June and July 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 9th June 2010 at 11:00 am
 

The Morning Benders from Berkeley, California, will play a couple shows in the UK in June and one off in London in July. They will also appear on the Sunday of Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park (27 June). The band is currently on tour in America with Broken Bells; a review of their Washington DC show is forthcoming.

Saturday 26th June 2010 – Brighton Freebutt
Sunday 27th June 2010 – London Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park
Monday 28th June 2010 – Manchester Night and Day
Tuesday 29th June 2010 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Thursday 1st July 2010 – London Barfly

 
 
 

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