Artist: The Morning Benders Album: Talking Through Tin Cans File Under: Indie Pop Recommended if You Like: The Shins, The Kooks, Brian Wilson Featured Track: Boarded Doors
The Bay Area’s very own indie pop rockers have released their debut album, ‘Talking Through Tin Cans’, and…I’m liking it! I had to sit with it for a while because…nah, I couldn’t like a pop band, could I? But there’s something about the groups’ sunny California sound – catchy hooks and melodies, jangly guitars – along with their collegiate youthfulness that makes this an irresistible summer album. That and I may be a bit nostalgic to the fact that they happen to be my little boy’s first official concert.
To add to my momentary love affair, they’ve just compiled an album of covers called, ‘The Bedroom Covers’, that they are releasing for free download. The EP features 11 tracks from artists such as Velvet Underground, The Smiths, Fleetwood Mac and more. Here’s a good sample from the Talking Heads:
Crystal Stilts released their self-titled debut this year. They have a stripped-down, moody, garage rock sound that is heavily influenced by groups like Velvet Underground and Jesus and Mary Chain. And who isn’t these days?
So what did I learn from all this? in retrospect, I’d say my preconceived notion of ‘Black’ bands as a dark and moody rockers holds water. The Crystal set as all Indie pop rockers? Not so much. Whatever the case, it’s clear that – just like people – bands can fall into the trap of naming trends.