the morning benders – “Excuses” (Live With Chris From Girls, John Vanderslice & Friends)

By Amrit Singh / February 11, 2010 - 9:23 am

Fresh off a hailed Brooklyn-debut-as-Brooklyn-residents, San Fran transplants the morning benders release this cameo-packed live take on Big Echo‘s opening track “Excuses,” filmed by the Yours Truly crew back in the band’s Bay Area home. Some brief words before and after set it up as benders’ mainmind Chris Chu’s homage to Phil Spector, and here the Wall Of Sound is built on a Wall Of SF Friends, including Chris from Girls, Vanderslice, ex-Rogue Wave/present Port O’Brien bro Gram LeBron, the Mumlers, and a bunch of strings, guys, and girls picking apart and chorally uplifting the harmonies to the standout throwback track. Worth a watch.


(H/T yourstruly)

A place to start in case you haven’t yet:

the morning benders – “Promises” (MP3)

Big Echo is an album, and it is good.

On tour:
02/12 – New York, New York @ TBA (acoustic house show)
02/25 – New York, New York @ Housing Works (Hype Machine CD Swap)
02/27 – Brooklyn, New York @ Market Hotel #
03/10 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @ Johnny Brendas
03/11 – Washington DC @ Black Cat
03/12 – Chapel Hill, North Carolina @ Local 506
03/13 – Atlanta, Georgia @ Drunken Unicorn
03/15 – Birmingham, Alabama @ The Bottletree
03/17 – Austin, Texas (SXSW)
03/23 – Phoenix, Arizona @ Rhythm Room
03/25 – Los Angeles, California @ The Troubador
03/26 – San Diego, California @ The Casbah
03/27 – Costa Mesa, California @ Detroit Bar
03/28 – Santa Barbara, California @ Muddy Waters
03/30 – San Francisco, California @ The Independent
04/01 – Portland, Oregon @ Holocene
04/02 – Seattle, Washington @ Crocodile Cafe
04/03 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Media Club
04/05 – Provo, Utah @ Club Velour
04/07 – Denver, Colorado @ Hi-Dive
04/09 – Des Moines, Iowa @ The Vaudeville Mews
04/10 – Ames, Iowa @ The Maintenance Shop
04/11 – Rock Island, Illinois @ Huckleberry’s Pizza (Daytrotter Presents)
04/12 – Chicago, Illinois @ Schubas
04/14 – Toronto, Ontario @ The Drake Hotel
04/15 – Montreal, Quebec @ La Sala Rossa
04/16 – Winooski, Vermont @ The Monkey House
04/17 – Boston, Massachusetts @ TT The Bear’s
04/22 – New York, New York @ Mercury Lounge

# w/ Surfer Blood