The walking bass lines, catchy vocals, and dreamy guitar melodies layered with the drum breaks of The Morning Benders somehow make you feel like the music is snowing down around you. Very fitting with the music video for “All Day Day Light.” The Morning Benders have somehow created a sound that’s as catchy and endearing as The Beach Boys, but still heavy enough to be classified under the large umbrella of rock.
The Brooklyn based band released their debut album just a few short years ago in 2008 and have since then toured with The Kooks, Death Cab for Cutie, Ra Ra Riot, Grizzly Bear, Broken Bells, and have played with many other big names. Their hometown location of Berkley, California, however, explains the 60’s pop sound incorporated in their music.
Currently the band consists of 3 members, 2 of which are brothers: Chris Chu, Jon Chu, and Julian Harmon. Their debut album, “Talking Through Tin Cans,” was produced, engineered, and mixed by singer Chris Chu, and was later named Best Indie/Alternative Album of 2008 by iTunes.
“All Day Day Light” is a song from their second album, “Big Echo,” which uses thick harmonies, compelling lyrics, and interactive claps to draw you in and keep you coming back. The video is just as good as the song. While some might say the text shooting across the screen is distracting, I think it places the focus exactly where they want it – on the lyrics. The changing of the seasons throughout the video also helps to tell the lyrical story as he compares his life growing up to the one he currently finds himself in. One could argue that it’s genius.
Chu’s lyrics creatively twist words to create whole new meanings. He sings, “I grew up in a town much different than this one where the language is upside down,” and “I lived in the background; I sleep behind the scenes. I had someone take all my calls and watched them outplay me.” His lyrical originality is refreshing and part of the reason I can’t seem to turn this song off.
Check out more of the songs from their album “Big Echo” here.