There’s nothing quite like some old school sounding new school. The SoCal surf rock, 60’s pop sounding band The Morning Benders is back on the map with a new EP called Big Echo. Produced by Grizzly Bears Chris Taylor, the bands new sound is rich in texture with impressive arrangements and instrumentation which can pretty much be attributed to Taylor’s talents (check out TV on The Radio and Dirty Projectors for more examples of his work). The standout track, Excuses, is by far my favorite.
And I made an excuse and you found another way to tell the truth.”
The band made a pretty cool video in which lead singer Chris Chu reveals his Phil Spector influence for this song. For those who may not know, Phil Spector is a legendary American record producer/song-writer who originated an unconventional production technique called the “Wall of Sound.” It was the sound behind that irresistable 1960’s girl group sound and countless hit’s during that time period. Put simply, it involves putting a bunch of musician in a room and capturing the magic. Well, maybe that’s too simple but check out the video where Chu tries to demonstrate, enjoy.