Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Morning Benders Release Big Echo Out Today, Announce Tour Dates

Big Echo, the second full-length record from California's Morning Benders dropped today on Rough Trade Records. Lead singer/guitarist Chris Chu took production credit this time round, along with Grizzley Bear's Chris Taylor (talk about instant indie cred). Chu's songwriting is always so interesting-while it may sound like "just a power pop song," at first, let it breathe if you will, and run it a couple more times-Chu consistently turns quite a phrase amidst the musical complexities that the band brings to a track.

The Benders start out on tour tomorrow through April in support of Big Echo. Their acoustic SXSW show with Ben Gibbard for Stereogum at The Parish is slated as the hottest ticket this year for sure.

The Morning Benders Spring 2010 Tour Dates
March 10th: Jonny Brenda s, Philadelphia, PA*
March 11th: The Black Cat, Washington DC*
March 12th: Local 506, Chapel Hill, NC *
March 13th: The Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta, GA*
March 13th, 6pm: Criminal Records Instore, Atlanta, GA
March 15th: The Bottletree, Birmingham, AL*
March 17th Brooklyn Vegan Day Party at Emo s Austin
March 17th Rough Trade Records Showcase at Emo s Austin
March 18th Mess With Texas Party Austin
March 18th FADER Fort Austin
March 18th True Panther Sounds Showcase at Ms. Bea s Austin
March 20th Stereogum Range Life at The Parish (acoustic set) Austin
March 23rd: The Rhythm Room, Phoenix, AZ
March 25th: Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA#
March 26th, 5pm: M-Theory Instore w/ Surfer Blood, San Diego, CA
March 26th: Casbah, San Diego, CA#
March 27th: Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa, CA
March 28th: Muddy Waters, Santa Barbara, CA
March 30th: The Independent, San Francisco, CA%
April 1st: Holocene, Portland, OR
April 2nd: Crocodile Café, Seattle, WA
April 3rd: Media Club, Vancouver, Canada
April 5th: Club Velour, Provo, UT
April 7th: Hi-Dive, Denver, CO
April 9th: The Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines, IA
April 10th: The Maintenance Shop, Ames, IA
April 11th: Huckleberry's Pizza (Presented by Daytrotter), Rock Island, IL
April 12th: Schubas Tavern, Chicago,IL
April 14th: The Drake Hotel, Toronto, Canada
April 15th: La Sala Rossa, Montreal, Canada
April 16th: The Monkey House, Winooski, Vermont
April 17th: TT The Bear s, Boston, MA
April 18th: Hamilton College, Clinton, NY*
April 22nd and 28th*: The Mercury Lounge, NYC

*Acrylics, #We Barbarians, %the Mumlers
Miniature Tigers will be supporting the morning benders on all dates.

Check out our interview with The Morning Benders from early last year here.

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