Wrapping up a year of whirlwind performing December 6, Berkeley darlings The Morning Benders took a break from recording to perform at the Rickshaw Stop.
Miniature Tigers and the The Soft Pack, formerly The Muslims, joined The Morning Benders, led by baby-faced frontman and all around dance-inciter Chris Chu.
Along with classic Benders tunes like “Waiting For a War” and “Damnit Anna,” the band gave the audience a sneak peak of what they've been focused on in studio, music that seems to be a natural and innovative progression from their debut album, Talking Through Tin Cans. The boys' lively cover of The Jungle Book's “I Wan'na Be Like You” — never performed in concert before — could have kicked the Jonas Brothers cover's ass.
Highlight: Guitarist Joe Ferrell cut his hand on his guitar but continued on despite his guitar being stained with blood. It was intense.
Also spotted in the sea of 17-year-olds were Corey Cunningham and Phil Benson of San Francisco's Magic Bullets.