The Spoon Benders

The Spoon Benders

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The Spoon Benders are the next great power trio. A mix of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Buckley, U2, the Police, and a boatload of white-boy soul makes them one of the most exciting live bands to ever emerge out of south Florida.

Biography

With hundreds of thousands of aspiring bands trying to grind out a name for themselves in their hometown, their region, their nation, and their world at large, it becomes absolutely crucial that a band find some way to set itself apart—to transcend the notion of being just a garage band, being amateur, being a copycat, or being another face in the crowd of wannabes. The Spoon Benders have been working since 2002 to be so entertaining, so practiced, so energetic, so creative, and so passionate about their music and their live show to make you ask a question as you're walking out of the concert hall at the end of the evening:

“Other bands? What other bands?”

Matt Winfree (guitar, vocals), Brian Bennett(drums), and Brian Bennett(bass, vocals) are a power trio in the classic sense of the word. Filtering rock and roll with blues, funk, folk, and soul music, these three obsessive and somewhat loony characters strive to hit you in the gut, the heart, the head, and the feet all at once so that you don't know whether to dance, sing, laugh, cry, or just listen. At their increasingly wild and unpredictable shows, you can usually find somebody out in the crowd doing all five at once.

They've shared the stage with the Steve Miller Band, Sum 41, Brett Dennen, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, Chris Isaak, Doobie Brothers, Dr. John, Michael McDonald, Lynryd Skynryd, Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad), Buck Dharma (Blue Oyster Cult), Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple), Lucky Peterson, Papa Grows Funk, Sean Costello, John Lee Hooker, Jr., Calton Coffie (Inner Circle), Taylor Hicks, and Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians and have held their own with all of these first-rate performers.

They've been marketing their self-titled debut CD since March 2005 and their live recording "The Spoon Benders vs. The Pandas" since November 2006, which captured their spontaneity, their humor, and their predilection to get into some absolutely searing instrumental jams. In September 2007, they released their second studio album, "Resurrecting the Giants," produced by Duane Lundy and featuring the band's most impressive work to date. They've won over the hearts of the generally disinterested and anti-culture crowd of south Floridians, and are supporting the newest release with extensive radio promotion and a sweeping national tour.

“Stylistically, I guess we're a hodge-podge of classic rock and American roots music; Try to imagine Albert Collins, the Funky Meters, Paul Simon, Jeff Buckley, Jimi Hendrix, the Police, U2 and the Black Crowes all peeing into the same bucket. Our pee would smell something like that,” says frontman Matt Winfree.

Sporting a collectively bizarre sense of humor, Winfree, Bennett, and Giraud refuse to take themselves too seriously. “But we take music very seriously,” reminds Winfree. “It is such a spiritual thing, and it's like the Force—it can be manipulated for good or for evil. We've gotten a real taste of the dark side down here in south Florida—bands who play for the sake of image, or just to get laid, or just to be like whoever’s on the good old Clear Channel playlist. Not that we don't want to get laid. But music deserves to be treated with integrity, respect, and absolutely unflinching and devoted passion. We play for the rare and exceptional person who understands what that means.”

With a solid lineup, the most loyal following, and having honed their live act by performing 3 to 6 times a week since late 2004, the band is ready for the next level. They crave the chance to shine in front of audiences unfamiliar with their unique show.

Spoil yourself and give them a listen.

Lyrics

Poison the Water

Written By: Matt Winfree

I'll take you to dinner, I'll take you to a show
I'll be your soft sinner, and you can watch it grow
But if I am silent don't press me till I speak
My mind strays, it's violent, these dark thoughts should not leak

'Cause they'll poison the water that we use to clean our dirty hands
And if you don't want to kill it quickly there are some things it's better never to understand

There is so much pleasure in our daily routine
So what if we're living inside of a smokescreen?
You might call it complacent to keep the skeletons underground
But I've opened some coffins and I've never liked what I've found

Chorus

I'm sure there've been ocassions when you've wished that I was dead
I think I'd prefer it if those sentiments stayed inside your head
Storm clouds will soon pass and sunlight will win out
But those secret caves where that sun won't come I'd rather never know about

Chorus

Saturday Afternoon

Written By: Winfree

Well it's another crazy week here on the coast
Trying to pave Prosperity Street
But when I crash, you're the one I want the most
To put some spring back into my feet
You know this world, it can beat you down
Render your identity a sham
And that's when you'll see me comin' round
You can help me to remember who I am

'Cause you're my Saturday Afternoon; let the day unwind
We can sleep late and never leave the room; help me to reclaim my mind
You'll always be my Saturday Afternoon
I hope the dark don't come too soon

Well, we've got our daily drama just like everyone else on the street
It gets so thick, it's like we're living in a fog
Just when you think you got your manic Monday beat
Thyroid Thursday lets slip the dogs
But if we can keep our chins up through this mild misery
Surely brighter days will shine
And if the apple hasn't fallen all that far from the tree,
Well you might be crazy, but hey, at least your mine, and I want to be

Like your Saturday Afternoon; we'll let the day unwind
We can sleep late and never leave the room; help you to reclaim your mind
I want to be your Saturday Afternoon
I hope the dark don't come too soon

I don't know what the future holds,
Or if I'm the key to all your dreams
It's so hard to promise myself today
When tomorrow's never quite what it seems
But there's a peace that grows inside my mind
And it radiates from where you live
And if I just wasted all your time, well, I hope it's a mistake that you
can forgive

I Fell Out of the Van This Morning

Written By: Winfree

I fell out of the van this morning, scraped my knees and cut my hands
You called out your final warning and issued your typical commands
But if you don't know my mind by now, little girl, you ain't never gonna understand

Well, I sit outside my momma's window, crying with the strays to let me in
I thought about taking down the front door, but god says that stealing is a sin
'Cause I would take that door and build us a house baby, and fashion a special room to put you in

The walls would be some three feet thick, with a door all made of lead
There'd be a brand new master lock on it, babe, and satin sheets for your bed
And I would lock you up tight in that room, little girl, as soon as you
started talkin' out your head

'Cause I won't stand no moaning, no I won't stand no moaning, 'less you're
moaning when you're making love to me

And I would wake you up for breakfast in the morning, little girl; feed it to you through a slat
I would deck you out in sweet perfumes, sequined dresses and feathered hats
But as soon as you opened up that mouth to moan, little girl, I'd take all
your pretty things and put them in a pile and set them on fire.
What do you think of that?

This Moment

Written By: Matt Winfree

The sweet repose of night whispers in
The streetlamps fade; out come the stars
Dark falls so thick I can't see my own sin
And all I need is you in my arms

A hundred raging beasts in the heart
Belowing with one voice: 'Set me free!'
A whisper could tear this prison apart
Won't you come and rescue me

Because all we have is this moment
And all the future holds is doubt
The gift of love is offered in small spaces
Shame on us both if we choose to go without

The grain of sweet forgiveness our bread
The cup of sacred memory our wine

Discography

The Spoon Benders: The Spoon Benders
Full-length 2005 debut CD
Available at www.CDBaby.com/TheSpoonBenders, iTunes, Project Playlist

The Spoon Benders vs. The Pandas
Live at Bamboo Room
Release Date: Nov. 2006
Available at myspace.com/SpoonBenders

Resurrecting the Giants
Produced by Duane Lundy, Shangri-La Studios
Release date: Sept. 2007
Available at myspace.com/SpoonBenders, itunes, rhapsody

Set List

The Spoon Benders perform original sets, 6-hour cover marathons, or any necessary combination of both. Over three hours worth of original material is supplemented by a repertoire of over 100 cover tunes, all spun with the Spoon Benders' own unique flair.

Originals:

Angel Unforgotten
Another Good Hook
Belmonte Avenue Confusion
Beware the Knife
Bittersweet Woman
Come and See Me Tonight
I Fell Out of the Van This Morning
It May Be Raining
Lie With Me
Making My Name
Mortimer's Machine
My Redemption
Painted Figurines
Poison the Water
Polygamy Blues
Saturday Afternoon
Sweet Marie
Take Me Home
The Other Man
This Moment
Voodoo in My Pocket
Wandering Eye
White Out Front
Your Better You
You're Tricky

Covers:

All Along the Watchtower - Bob Dylan
All Through the Night - Cyndi Lauper
Blackbird - The Beatles
Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker
Breaking the Girl - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Burning Down the House - Talking Heads
Catfish Bl