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Tremendous, incandescent British rock music is probably the last thing that comes to mind when you think of South East LA. So it’s a breathtaking revelation when you hear the chiming guitars and swooning vocals of The Tender Box. Inspired by the post punk and synth pop groups of the 1980s, the band was formed by four childhood friends in the predominantly Mexican American neighborhood of South Gate. So how did the rain stained, somber, murky sounds of Manchester and Sheffield resonate with kids living in the perpetually sun drenched California?

As impossible as it sounds, Bassist Steve Mungarro explains, “Our brothers, sisters and cousins were listening to bands like The Cure and Depeche Mode so we never knew any different.” They grew up playing in bands in their friends’ garages’ mimicking the sounds that they loved so much. Vocalist/gtr Joey Medina concurs, “Even though it’s sunny and hot in L.A. we grew up in a lower income,industrial city that is probably not that different than a Manchester or Birmingham in England. It’s no Beverly Hills and sometimes it could be a rough town.”

So maybe it’s the impossibility of finding four Mexican-American childhood friends who grew up in South Gate obsessing over synth pop and post punk groups of the 80s that made The Tender Box an almost immediate hit in Hollywood. Los Angeles had a small yet cultish scene of devout anglophile music fans and The Tender Box boys were at the forefront of the new Indie scene. The lush and despairing decadence of Britpop appealed to their sensibilities and their own personal histories.


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    found them thru the Sharpie commercial, in Australia! How does no one know this band?!?!

    4 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Mudkim

    spectacular spiderman!

    9 Oct 2011 Reply
  • wheresbicki

    hmm...weird that so little people know about this band.

    15 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Sophtine

    There is nothing quite like finding a band, then coming back years later to see how they've grown. :)

    18 Feb 2011 Reply
  • airlocke44

    The Tender Box is so good. I first heard of them through their free single of the week on iTunes a couple of years ago, and have finally downloaded them through Napster, both albums. As a matter of fact, I got all of their released songs except for "Another Lover" on EP1, due to some weird thing happening with Napster. So, if anyone could possibly send me this one song, that would be AWESOME. I would be more than happy to hook anyone up with my music or anything else.

    30 Dec 2009 Reply
  • CrimsonLadybug

    Saw them live last night opening for Kill Hannah and She Wants Revenge. Pretty good set. The bassist is possibly the most spastic, energetic bassist I've ever seen live which was pretty fun.

    5 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Busco

    Spidey rocks :D

    17 Aug 2009 Reply
  • amrhassan

    The Spectacular Spider-Man

    27 Nov 2008 Reply
  • caioyeah

    You know where I can find download of the album of them!?? Please, debtor

    22 May 2008 Reply
  • tracinggravity

    Commuter is so good!

    1 Feb 2008 Reply
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    31 Jan 2008 Reply
  • DirtyG

    Cant find the album anywhere in the UK, if anyone can send me some songs or something i would appreciate it!

    8 Aug 2007 Reply
  • Krabster

    great band, let go is the best imo. i swear i listened to it more than 14 times last week on my own !

    29 Jan 2007 Reply
  • Konstantine182

    Free Download of the week en Espanol is Mister Sister and it definetly doesn't suck.

    6 Jan 2007 Reply
  • kourinthellama

    Commuter is, imho, their best song. Saw them twice supporting for the Goos <3

    10 Nov 2006 Reply
  • ForMiles

    cds it.

    20 Oct 2006 Reply
  • kjenner7

    Just saw Tender Box supporting the Goo Goo Dolls at Shepards Bush. They were amazing - so good live, loved them!!!!

    15 Oct 2006 Reply
  • phantom0890

    woo finally an Artist Overview. and 100 listeners! yay! go Tender Box!

    26 Sep 2006 Reply
  • KenjiXSamurai

    Tender Box Is A Really Good Band. And Even Better Live! Playing School Gigs Are Awesome!

    27 Jun 2006 Reply
  • phantom0890

    The Tender Box rocks! They played at my school and it was awesome. Vote for the pics!

    27 Jun 2006 Reply
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