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Berkeley, San Francisco CA, United States (2005 – present)

On March 25, 2012, The Morning Benders changed their name to POP ETC.

The Morning Benders is a band from Berkeley, California, formed in 2005, consisting of Julian Harmon, Tim Or, Jonathan Chu, and Christopher Chu. In 2008, they released their debut album Talking Through Tin Cans on +1 Records. The band has toured in support of Broken Bells (Spring/Summer 2010), Grizzly Bear (Fall 2009), The Kooks and Death Cab for Cutie (Summer 2008), Ra Ra Riot (Fall 2008), The Black Keys (Summer 2010), and has also played with Yo La Tengo, MGMT, Grand Archives, Yeasayer, Two Gallants, The Rosebuds, Au Revoir Simone, We Are Scientists, and White Rabbits. They also toured with The Submarines in 2009. Having shared the stage with other bands such as Beach House, MGMT, Ra Ra Riot, Grizzly Bear and Girls, these boys are seasoned vets. Don’t let their age deceive you.
In December 2008, iTunes deemed Talking Through Tin Cans the best indie/alternative album of 2008.

The Morning Benders recorded their 2010 album Big Echo in San Francisco and mixed it in Brookyln. Chris Chu and Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear) produced it in eleven days. On the twelfth day they rejoiced. There are 10 tracks on Big Echo, which The Morning Benders think is an ideal length for an album.

In March of 2012 the band announced that they would be changing their name to POP ETC.


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  • marisasophie

    Check out my blog post reviewing Big Echo!

    9 Nov 2014 Reply
  • sallyjupiter

    cold war <3

    6 Apr 2014 Reply
  • kickdrumrobot

    I wish they'd make more like "excuses"

    18 Feb 2014 Reply
  • SimoneBerlioz

    amazing band!

    13 Jan 2014 Reply
  • coloronthewalls

    ♡ ♡ ♡

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Lezthur

    I miss them ):

    29 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Orders1

    i'd rather have the morning boners than pop etc.

    12 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Surrealism

    <<i love them for changing their name and i think they're wonderful, considerate people!! props to them for being cool and kind and great musicians too >> Careful with that word, 'wonderful'. . how do you think this makes non-wonderful people feel? We must think before speaking! Words have power.

    17 Jun 2013 Reply
  • kkoewokikasete

    i love them for changing their name and i think they're wonderful, considerate people!! props to them for being cool and kind and great musicians too

    17 Apr 2013 Reply
  • cartersthename

    hey. release a new album. miss youuu

    31 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Geoffthebunchie

    POP ETC isn't them at all.

    1 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Surrealism

    changed their name to POP ETC. This decision came after the band toured extensively and learned that the word "bender" had some homophobic slang connotations in parts of the U.K. In a press release regarding the name change, the band stated "We simply cannot go on using a name that is demeaning to the gay community. The reason we are making music is to reach and unite as many different kinds of people as possible, and the idea that our name may be hateful towards anyone makes us sick." ****************************** Seriously? Have we become this ridiculously hypersensitive? Childish and silly. . . I have no respect for these 'POP ETC' clowns.

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
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    24 Dec 2012 Reply
  • headphased

    still thinkin bout u bb

    12 Dec 2012 Reply
  • emilygoesMOO

    I'm still heartbroken over their self destruction. But its true at least the shitty new stuff can be separate from the older, good stuff.

    4 Dec 2012 Reply
  • GorsebSambardo

    I'm really glad they changed their name with that shitty new album. At least "The Morning Benders" will always seem good to me. Really is a shame though

    11 Nov 2012 Reply
  • falloftroys

    Godammit what happened to them :( I miss this sound. I want the benders back.

    27 Oct 2012 Reply
  • JumpHaround

    miss u

    28 Aug 2012 Reply
  • raeshell07

    i'd rather have the morning fags than pop etc

    10 Aug 2012 Reply
  • reregina

    it's hard to chase a bird, when you don't have any wings

    9 Aug 2012 Reply
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