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The best kept secret in music


"The Seattle Times"

"'s a layered-yet-clean sound that is imaginative and well executed, filled with laid-back rock grooves that spiral in on themselves. Cates has a pleasantly languid voice, sounding like he's singing in his sleep, verbalizing dreams to the stream-of-unconsciousness guitar and bass mix." - Tom Scanlon

"The Seattle Weekly"

"Jay Cates' restrained vocals find a perfectly suitable context in the bend's dreamy, hook-filled guitar wash, but his presence is too haunted and detached to ever get lost in it." - Paul Fontana

"Tacoma Reporter"

"Sparing the too often Radiohead comparison, what's safe to say is they're definitely talented musicians, making surprisingly definite music. Bravo to the bend for their individuality" - Matt Driscoll


the bend, CD (2002)
independent release
13 songs total
local radio airplay.

carpooltunnel CD (2003)
independent release
12 songs total
streaming @
local radio airplay on KEXP Sealttle and The End


Feeling a bit camera shy


Guitarist Ben Jenkins, vocalist/guitarist Jay Cates and drummer Sean Shacklett were the nucleus of Paper Plate, an Ohio-based band that now makes Seattle home. the bend’s newest edition, bassist Jeff Bennett completes the group. Listen. It is poised, on the horizon. Unique and disconcerting to the sterile sounds of today; A sound that is coming into vision. bend.