We've been following the dudes in The Morning Benders even since our very own Jenz hung out with them at a local playground. The indie popsters will be hitting the road once again in September, joining up with Ra Ra Riot for not-to-miss tour. Now that we've had our fill of their debut album, Talking Through Tin Cans, the guys have offered up some new tunes in the form of a covers album to keep us content until their tour begins. They covered a pretty wide range of artists, including Roy Orbison, Paul Simon, Fleetwood Mac and The Talking Heads. Interesting, right?
For the next few days, the band is offering this collection of covers for free over on their blog - ambenders.blogspot.com. Here is what the band had to say about The Bedroom Covers
here are a few tracks, that we are calling the bedroom covers. as you may have guessed, all these songs are covers... and yes, we did them at home in my room! the songs that you hear here are just songs we really really like. we didn't deliberate over which songs to pick. we didn't try to stick to a certain time period or genre. we just recorded songs we were going to be singing around the house anyway (and we needed the practice).
these songs sound the way they do, because we recorded them with a laptop and one mic. we used mainly acoustic guitars and shakers because that's what we had lying around, and we couldn't make much noise in our apartment anyway. we didn't spend time arranging any of these either. we learned the chords and the lyrics (which was pretty easy because we've heard all these songs hundreds of times), and we played 'em. what you hear at the basis of the recording is generally a first take. sometimes we added some background vocals or another guitar part here or there, because the songs we were covering had a lot more going on than us, and we were feeling a bit inadequate...
but hey, you're always fighting a losing battle when you're recording covers, because 99.99% of the time the cover isn't going to be as good the original. well, for the record, let it be known that none of our covers are as good as the originals. that's part of why we wanted to give all these tracks away for free. if you haven't heard one of these songs before, you should go out and buy it from the original artist, RIGHT NOW. disclaimer aside: if you want to hear some kids having a lot of fun playing some of their favorite songs ever, check these out.
The Bedroom Covers
01. Roy Orbison - "Crying"
02. Paul Simon - "Mother And Child Reunion"
03. The Ronettes - "Why Don't They Let Us Fall In Love?"
04. The Cardigans - "Lovefool"
05. The Smiths - "I Won't Share You"
06. The Crystals - "He's A Rebel"
07. Randy Newman - "Marie"
08. Johnny Mercer / Rude Bloom - "Fools Rush In"
09. Velvet Underground - "Temptation Inside Your Heart"
10. Fleetwood Mac - "Dreams"
11. Talking Heads - "Pull Up The Roots"
12. "Caroline, No (Beach Boys Remix)"
13. The Rontettes - "Why Don't They let Us Fall In Love?" (Daytrotter)
Photo by JENZ