THE JOHNBENDERS sound comes from the collaboration of 5 unique individuals, each with different musical tastes and backrounds. Each member brings their particluar style to the table therefore creating songs that have no set formula, yet are thoroughly engaging and fresh.


Mark (vocals, guitar) and Otis (bass) had been playing together in a previous band for a couple of years when they decided they wanted to move in a new direction musically. They wanted to play music that retains a sincere, emotional center. The pair recruited Nate (Keyboards) and Donnie (drums) from a couple of other Seattle bands and began writing a live set's worth of songs. Before long, the band recorded a demo and started playing live shows across the Northwest and Canada. Eventually, the quartet started searching for a second guitar player to fill out their sound. And along came Joe. With their lineup solidified, the band began to expand their song catalog.

In June of 2005 the band headed into the studio to record their debut EP "The Single Sided Conversation" with producer Tony Dallas Reed (Schoolyard Heroes, Kane Hodder). Since the CDs release in the summer of 2005 the band has been performing live all across Northwest and Canada with such bands as Kane Hodder, The Ruby Doe, Idiot Pilot, Leuko and more. THE JOHNBENDERS have been receiving steady airplay on Northwest radio stations including KEXP, KGRG and KNDD (The End). The band has performed live on Seattle's 1077.7 FM THE END two times in the last year (an honor shared by a very few bands such as Death Cab for Cutie, Minus The Bear, Kane Hodder, Schoolyard Heroes and Harvey Danger).

THE JOHNBENDERS have a fairly strong, growing presence where they continually remain in the top of the charts for their region.

THE JOHNBENDERS recently finished recording their second EP with producer Tom Pfaeffle (Nirvana, Gatsbys American Dream) at The Tank studio. Mark and Otis took their brand new EP to CMJ 2006 (as paying participants) where they took part of as many panels as they could take in. The Johnbenders have been putting what they learned there to the test with great results! The band now plans to take their show on the road in 2007 as well as finding a label to call home.


4-Count Phil (single), All's Well Never Ends Well (EP), The Single Sided Conversation (EP) and The Johnbenders (self-titled EP)

The songs 'Nine Pound Hammer' and 'The 23rd' are receiving steady radio airplay across the Northwest as well as their four live "On Air" perfomances of 'Nine Pound Hammer', 'Thirteen Lights', 'Dissolution' and the unreleased track 'Spokane'.

Most of the above tracks are available for streaming and download at

Set List

Our typical set list is about 10-12 songs with an occasional cover thrown in. We usually play a 45 minute set. our most recent set list is as follows: Dissoultion, Spokane, CDRW, Starting Gun, Wish List, The 23rd, Nine Pound Hammer, Natty Gann, Thirteen Lights, Song Zero and A Forest (by The Cure)