Friday, March 5, 2010

SXSW 2010 Preview: Morning Benders

It's hard to define the Morning Benders' sound. The more I listen to their upcoming album, Big Echo, the more influences I hear in it. The closest comparison I could make is that, like Spoon, these guys have etched out their own little sub-genre of rock. They are students of music and write excellently crafted tunes that stick with you for days later. In some songs you can hear a bit of the Walkmen then it breaks down into a lost Beatles song, with a Helio Sequence drum part. In any case you'll have a few chances to catch the Morning Benders during SXSW as the buzz about them builds into a deafening roar.

Morning Benders - Promises video via YouTube

Find their Austin dates as well as their complete tour schedule after the break. You can buy the 7" for Promises now, which features the B-side, Oh, Annie. The full album comes out Tuesday.

Once again, I've culled this SXSW info about the Morning Benders from my brethren over at Do512, they are ninjas of internet coding. At least compared to me, they are. So, here's where you can and will see the Morning Benders during SX:

Wed 03/17 @ Emo's *Official Showcase*
Sat 03/20 @ the Parish *Free Show*

Well, that wasn't as many shows as I had anticipated but it's HIGHLY likely they'll be playing more than those two. That's just what I've culled TODAY. For you, poor souls, who won't be in Austin during SXSW, or any other time in the near future, you too can catch the Morning Benders within your general vicinity.

March 10th || Jonny Brenda s || Philadelphia*
March 11th || The Black Cat || Washington DC*
March 12th || Local 506 || Chapel Hill *
March 13th || The Drunken Unicorn || Atlanta*
March 15th || The Bottletree || Birmingham*
March 17 || Emo's - SXSW || Austin
March 20 || The Parish - SXSW || Austin
March 23rd || The Rhythm Room || Phoenix
March 25th || Troubadour || Los Angeles#
March 26th || Casbah || San Diego#
March 27th || Detroit Bar || Costa Mesa
March 28th || Muddy Waters || Santa Barbara
March 30th || The Independent || San Francisco%
April 1st || Holocene || Portland
April 2nd || Crocodile Café || Seattle
April 3rd || Media Club || Vancouver
April 5th || Club Velour || Provo
April 7th || Hi-Dive || Denver
April 9th || The Vaudeville Mews || Des Moines
April 10th || The Maintenance Shop || Ames, IA
April 11th || Huckleberry's Pizza Presented by Daytrotter || Rock Island, IL
April 12th || Schubas Tavern || Chicago
April 14th || The Drake Hotel || Toronto
April 15th || La Sala Rossa || Montreal
April 16th || The Monkey House || Vermont
April 17th || TT The Bear s || Boston
April 22nd || The Mercury Lounge || NYC

*Acrylics, #We Barbarians, %the Mumlers
Friends Miniature Tigers will be supporting the morning benders on all dates

Morning Benders - Waiting For a War video via YouTube