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Music – The Morning Benders

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By hyperbolium (Earth, USA) – See all my reviews
(TOP 50 REVIEWER)

Sometimes a buzz band earns its keep. Such is the case with The Morning Benders’ first full-length CD, which refines and expands upon the cheerily-depressed power-pop of their two earlier EPs. The group’s defining sounds remain Chris Chu’s vocals (high, melodic and often double-tracked) and hook-filled melodies, and their DIY self production leans to a narrow, nearly monophonic soundstage that provides the punch of great AM pop. Chu’s songs of broken hearts, retribution-laced screeds, and the occasional thought of reconciliation are just the sort of `go ahead and try and pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ pep-talks from which power pop legends are made.

Though Chu’s voice strongly echoes that of The Shins’ James Mercer, there’s also a dose of Ray Davies’ quixotic sing-song as the lyrics mull over unfaithfulness that can’t be unrung (“You know very well what you did that day”), hearts that can’t be unbroken (“Now I’ve got no heart left”), and a good deal of healthy whining and wallowing (“Why can’t you just say what you mean?” and “I’ve seen love kick a man while he’s down”). There’s also the sense of melancholy of early `70s UK pop bands like Edison Lighthouse, Flying Machine and Marmalade. The album grabs you with its punchy mix, especially the up-front drums and bass. The spare use of organ adds a touch of mystery to songs that slam one into the next with nary a breath between; the drum segue from “I Was Wrong” to “Loose Change” is the sort a college DJ would brag about for years.

Chu lashes out here and there, but he’s more contemplative of his plight than despondently lovelorn. Still, you get the life and death sense of a 20-something falling in and out (mostly out) of love. The group’s music is actually quite jaunty, even as Chu sings wounded lyrics like “here I am in a graveyard, waiting for a war.” The friction between the upbeat guitar-laden music and the desperate sentiments adds to the sense of youthful disorientation, but even when the backings are taken down to an acoustic guitar, such as on “Heavy Hearts” (with its parental consideration, “Don’t let the heavy hearts pile up on you”) the emotions weigh just as heavily.

Drummer Julian Harmon and bassist Tim Or provide a solid bottom-end that’s heavy, melodic and swinging all at once, and guitarist Joe Ferrell adds terrific emotional flourishes. The dynamic arrangements can drop from a full-blown pop thrash to a whispery voice-and-guitar passage, highlighting the latter and providing room to rebuild the wall of sound. The band’s often likened to the Beatles (and “When We’re Apart” suggests an infatuation with Lennon’s “Julia”), a comparison to the pop-craft of mid-period Pink Floyd (minus the spacey instrumental passages and sound effects) is also quite apt. This is a real winner from a buzz band that’s made good on their buzz. 4-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2008 hyperbolium dot com]

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talking through tin cans is out!!

we are so very excited to have you hear the album, hold the album, experience the album – in its entirety. for some of you, who have been with us from the beginning, it’s been a long road. thanks for sticking with us, and we hope it’s worth the wait.

you can purchase it from itunes for instant digital gratification. you can purchase it from amazon for a copy in all its physical glory. you can buy it in most major stores, or online at their sites (virgin megastores, best buy, barnes and noble, etc). you can buy it at most cool record stores as well – amoeba records in california, waterloo in texas, etc. ALL stores can order it, so ask them to order it, or ask us to get it to them. LET’s MAKE THIS HAPPEN PEOPLE!!

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continue to: www.themorningbenders.com
more info @ +1 records: www.plusonemusic.net/records

T-SHIRTS T-SHIRTS T-SHIRTS
brought to you by the morning benders and kyle lee

WELCOME to the morning benders t-shirt emporium

-we have 3 different shirts for sale here, arrows, elephants, and hot air balloons. all 3 designs come in 2 different colors.

-for the arrows and elephant shirts, the two different colors correspond to mens and womens cuts.
for the v-neck hot air balloon shirts, the two different colors are the same UNISEX cut.
look at the pictures below, it’ll all make sense, we promise.

-arrows and elephants are available in small, medium, and large.
the hot air balloon unisex v-necks are available in extra small, small, medium, and large.
(for girls we recommend ordering one size smaller than you normally do for these unisex cuts)

-all shirts are $20 + shipping. they are made by american apparel, and are 100% guaranteed to make you look and feel great.

-feel free to email us if you have any questions – themorningbenders@yahoo.com

GIRLS ARROWS
LIGHT BLUE (S/M/L)

Size SmallMediumLarge


BOYS ARROWS
HEATHER GREY (S/M/L)

Size SmallMediumLarge


GIRLS ELEPHANT
FOREST GREEN (S/M/L)

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BOYS ELEPHANT
OLIVE (S/M/L)

Size SmallMediumLarge


UNISEX HOT AIR BALLOON V-NECK
HEATHER GREY (XS/S/M)

Extra Small Small Medium


UNISEX HOT AIR BALLOON V-NECK
WHITE (XS/S/M)

Extra Small Small Medium


THANKS EVERYONE!

love,
the morning benders (and zooey the cat)

One comment on “Music – The Morning Benders

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