The Morning Benders

The Morning Benders


The next big thing. Buzzed about by Spin, iTunes (best of 2008), Pitchfork, Sterogum, My Old Kentucky Blog, Performer, SF Gate, The Tripwire, Top 5 local bands by Live 105, countless blogs and internet sites, and tons of bay-area local publications.


chris chu began writing songs as ‘the morning benders’ in october 2005. the first ep ‘loose change’ was recorded at home on a laptop with one microphone, and was released just under a year later in september 2006. in december 2006, chris met joe, julian and tim while attending classes at uc berkeley. the next ep was a collaborative effort recorded at the band’s home practice space. released in february 2007, the ep, ‘boarded doors’, gained the boys recognition throughout the bay area for their ‘perfectly percolating pop thrills’ (sf bay guardian)
with ‘brill building-like melodies’ (sf weekly). excited to showcase their tunes for fans, the benders began picking up gigs locally and eventually all along the west coast.

in may 2007, the guys hunkered down at different fur studios in the mission district of san francisco to work on their full-length debut. chris got a part-time job working as an assistant engineer to pay for the recording of the album and went on to produce, engineer, and mix all of the tracks with the production help of different fur head honcho patrick brown. the record, titled ‘talking through tin cans’ came out on the newly launched +1 Records on may 6th, 2008. The release of ‘talking through tin cans’ catapulted the morning benders to national attention, as it had an amazing reaction across the board—from both local and national media, as well as music blogs.

Following the release of their debut album, the benders recorded an album of cover songs in chris chu’s bedroom with little more than a guitar, a mic and a computer. They released the album for free on their blog under the moniker ‘the bedroom covers’.

Continuing on, the morning benders then released an iTunes exclusive EP on 11.11.08, which included alternate versions of several songs from ‘talking through tin cans’, as well as a cover of Disney’s Jungle Book classic, ‘i wanna be like you’.

The band has shared the stage on nationwide tours with The Kooks, The Submarines, Ra Ra Riot and We Are Scientists. They’ve also participated in the Monolith, Sasquatch and Treasure Island festivals, and well as played shows with yo la tengo, MGMT, yeasayer,, supergrass, two gallants, the rosebuds, au revoir simone, white rabbits, the long winters, pink mountaintops, figurines, langhorne slim, darker my love, the deadly syndrome and more.


"Loose Change" EP1
"Boarded Doors" EP2
'bedroom covers' LP of classic cover songs
'talking through tin cans' LP

Many tracks off our EPs have been played on local stations, Live 105, Alice. Lots of college stations, including KALX. Many internet radio stations, Sirius Radio, SomaFM, Bagel Radio, etc.

Set List

We play many songs, for many settings.