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Broken Bells, The Morning Benders at the Electric Factory 06/06/2010

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Broken Bells and The Morning Bendersshow  at the Electric Factory took place a little over a week ago. This review and  photos are going up so late because I was traveling between Philly, NYC and Manchester, TN over the past week. Sorry about the major lack of posts. I’m getting back into the swing of things and starting off with this post.

Overall the show was good. The Morning Benders opened the show and played a great set. They’re a young, exciting new band that have been on quite a tear as of late. Since the release of Big Echo, the band have been touring relentlessly. Their music is very refreshing and uplifting especially the song “Excuses”. It was the closing song of their set and encouraged the crowd to participate at the end with the sing-a-long “da-dums”(give it a listen and you’ll understand). If you missed them this time around, The Morning Benders will be back in July opening for The Black Keys at Penn’s Landing.

Broken Bells is made up of James Burton aka Dangermouse and James Mercer from the Shins. Their debut LP was a pretty solid first outing from the two, but their live show did not translate so well. With only one record to their name, they were limited to an arsenal of 10 songs. The songs lacked a little bit live, which made their performance just alright. The duo also played two covers “Crimson and Clover” by Tommy James & the Shondells and another by Smokey Robinson, the name has slipped my memory. The band reminded me of a 1960’s psychedelic band while they were on stage. I would have liked to have seen them in a smaller venue than the Electric Factory. Maybe next time?? Photos below.

The Morning Benders

Broken Bells


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Written by Colin Kerrigan

June 14, 2010 at 5:23 pm

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