The Morning Benders at the Basement

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The Morning Benders look like children - the Chu brothers suffer from some serious baby-face syndrome - but they write and record with the maturity of seasoned pros. It probably helps to have Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor behind the knobs, but songs this sharp can't be conjured out of mere studio wizardry.

Latest LP "Big Echo" is among the year's finest. It's elegant chamber pop that hits with rock oomph. New sounds creep around every corner, each new texture deployed in conjunction with some infectious hook. And when it comes to vocal harmonies, the Benders can hold their own against any of indie's myriad Brian Wilson disciples.

It all adds up to a glorious swoon they ably recreated live at Austin's South by Southwest festival this year. Watch them do their magic at The Basement on Wednesday after sets from Oberhofer and Twin Sister.

The Morning Benders

7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3

The Basement

391 Neil Ave., Arena District