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The best kept secret in music


“Radiohead are still the undisputed leaders on rock
quintets that weave anthemic
guitar rock with chilly,
electronic programming, but
New York’s Benzos, one of
the most innovative bands
coming out of The Big Apple
today, could eventually
grab the baton.....A wholly
original debut.”
– URB Magazine

“Side effects may include...Elation. Chills. Dancing. Welcome to
the rocktronica world of
– Boston Metro

“Benzos are astounding...
The music is complex, multi-
textured and brave, mixing
electronic and with rock in
a glorious way that few bands
do well, yet so many try
to do and fail.”
- Sentimentalist
"...a musical high that is
much better than anything
you will find your mom's
medicine cabinet."
-New York Metro

“[Benzos] have a sound
that’s larger than the stage
and different than their retro-
rock New York brethren,
and decidedly unclassifiable.
If they are going to be the
sound of 2005, then it might
be a pretty sweet
sounding year.”
– Columbia Spectator

“Benzos, a buzzworthy New
York-based band, features
several multi-instrumentalists
and manages to get
crowds moving with its
far-reaching mix of rock
and dance elements. Several
of the band's songs feature
multi-part harmonies, and
its layered guitars and
electronic elements have
helped Benzos garner comparisons to such
luminaries as Radiohead
and Aphex Twin.”

“Benzos' debut Morning
Stanzas could be described
as the culmination of eleven
trips into the minds of five
very progressive artists.
Part organic, ethereal,
"floating-on-a-cloud" wash
of guitars, part glowsticks
and trip-hoppy beats…"It's Amiable" is one of the more
mid-tempo tracks, but one
that puts the Benzos firmly
on a level worthy of the buzz
out there on this band….
Seeing this band a few
times live, it's refreshing to
see a great live band
capture their sound on
recording. Well done. The
albums hits in May but look
or the band to be gaining
momentum fan by fan
until then.”
- The Tripwire

“Under the expansive sound,
populated by delay pedals
and echo chambers --
pure Meddle-era Floyd --
the band lays a buzzing,
energetic drum 'n' bass
rhythm track, part human
and part machine.”
- popmatters

“The potential of this band
is limitless….”

“…muddy, smoky, chunky,
dirty, sexy, brash, jolting,
arresting, fighter jets over
Iceland music. Music to
evolve a revolution to.”
– - Me


2003 - Bedroom ep
2004 - all the king's men featured on "Public Display of Affection" compilation out on Nettwerk Records
2005 - "Morning Stanzas" out on Stinky records
2006 - "Benzos Live" album to be released digitally
2007 - "Branches" to be released in early '07

Airplay across the country on stations such as: KCRW, WOXY, KROCK, etc.


Feeling a bit camera shy


It began in a bedroom...writing, recording, effecting, rearranging our collective imaginations...Christian, Brian, and (ex-)co-founder Mike Ortega spent many cigarette, pill-popped (where do you think we got our name from?) and alchohol fueled hours crafting music that we had really no intentions for...until we started surprising ourselves with time! to pull off a production oriented sound live for you?...well, we began figuring that one out (with much help from our earliest producer/drummer, Eric Helmuth, first-bassist Dan Haag, and the one and only Karibomb, our manager/den mother still), and began playing the usuals around New York, Boston, venturing out to DC...and musical fortune struck when we hit up Steve Bryant and Eiko Peck...I personally didn't care for Steve Bryant, thought him to be cocky and arrogant, but he was nasty on those drums, so I decided to grin and bear it, not glancing at his eyes that much...And then there were four!...Mike decided on a different path in life, and the band began subtle shows became more adventurous, we felt streamlined...singular in direction...and here we are!...many drunken, ecstatic, unbearable, hard fought, 'thumbs-to-wipe-a-tear' miles later, preparing our second album (it's gonna f..@king rock in a whole different way than our previous effort)...soon to be in a city near you, rocking you senseless, and we usually don't call you the next's how we roll...peace

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