The Morning Benders have changed their name to Pop ETC. An announcement was made via Facebook and Twitter on Sunday, which comes after two full-length albums and a series of EPs and singles under the Morning Benders name. “This will be the last post from The Morning Benders,” read the announcement on Facebook.
Pop ETC’s lineup won’t change—the music will still be made by Chris Chu, Jonathan Chu and Julian Harmon. And the reason for the change? Chu explains that it’s connected to connotations attached to the word “bender” in Europe, which is frequently used as a derogatory slang term against gay people.
“We were told our band name was the equivalent of ‘The Morning Fags’ in America,” he said. “We had been called The Morning Benders for 5 years, and we were just finding this out now? It was shocking. And quite sad, to say the least.” Chu claims the name made them look “hateful, or at best, ignorant.”
For further words on the name change head over to the Morning Benders’ website and you can stream a new mix from the guys below.