the morning benders – Japan Echo EP

“Last week we were scheduled to go to Tokyo to play our first show ever in Japan,” begins the note Chris Chu posted to the morning benders’ homepage. In addition to it being their first group trek to that country, it was also the first show the benders’ frontman was going to play in the country of his birth. In other words, the sadness we all feel for the devastation that’s befallen that region is no less real for the benders, and they’re doing what they can to help with the new charity-only Japan Echo eight-track EP. The collection features two new originals (“Better In Blue” and “Little Riot”) and six Big Echo remixes (by Star Slinger, Twin Sister, Aislyn, and Wild Nothing’s first). In return, they’ve set up donation allotments ranging from $5 to $100, with “100% of these proceeds given to the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund.”

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Here’s the tracklist:

01 “Cold War” (Star Slinger Remix)
02 “Better In Blue”
03 “Hand Me Downs” (Wild Nothing Remix)
04 “Excuses” (RAC Remix)
05 “Mason Jar” (Twin Sister Remix)
06 “Wet Cement” (Aislyn Remix)
07 “Little Riot”
08 “Promises” (Star Slinger Remix)