Go on a Musical Bender

13 Nov

The Morning Benders studio version of “Excuses” starts with the unmistakable sound of a needle being dropped onto a record.

A taste of the late 1950’s – early 1960’s  feeling masterpiece just scratching the surface.

40 seconds into the tune lead singer/song writer Chris Chu can be heard counting off the band which drives into the most luscious, epic melodic backdrop that conjures up images of malt shops, poodle skirts and drive in theaters.

Though the musical content relies heavily on sweeping orchestrations that harkens back to Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me” and a vocal performance that could easily fit in as the third Everly Brother the lyrics are quite taboo.

“You tried to taste me/And I taped my tongue to the southern tip of you body/But bones are too heavy to come up/Squished into a single cell of wood.”

It may be the single most dirty block of lyrics that successfully masquerades itself as romantic. In any other song these words may come off as crude, but behind the plush background of strings and percussion it serves as the perfect example of modern meets retro.

Halfway though “Excuses” there is a vocal and instrumentation breakdown which showcases the band’s raw strengths before the heavy percussion and sweeping strings swing back in carrying listeners to the final note.

You have no excuse to not delve into “Excuses” and discover for yourself the magic of the Morning Benders

Discography: Talking Through Tin Cans (2008), Big Echo (2010)

Website: http://www.themorningbenders.com/



2 Responses to “Go on a Musical Bender”

  1. wulfmilch November 14, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    Delightful. This song was outstanding, and you were right – it was like I had gone back in time! For a second I was confused as to why I didn’t have my saddle shoes on! The video itself was so much fun to watch, and as a fan of music from the time periods you have discussed, I think you are doing a wonderful job with the artists you have picked!

    The background of your blog (theme) works perfectly with your topic! Great choice and I look forward to your next post!


    • fornoone1014 November 14, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

      thanks, cassandra! Glad you enjoyed the tune. One of the best songs I have heard in a very long time. Here’s a link to the stuuio version if you are interested in hearing it.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeE82XyNkyM

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