The Morning Benders are the latest to join the calvacade of artists doing their part to help with the relief efforts in Japan with the release of their Japan Echo EP, available as a donation-only download off their official website. The eight song EP features two new songs, "Better In Blue" and "Little Riot," as well as remixes from the likes of Twin Shadow, Wild Nothing and Star Slinger.
While many artists are doing their humanitarian duty to aid victims of the tsunami, frontman Chris Chu explains the personal significance the disaster holds for the band and himself.
Last week we were scheduled to play out first show ever in Japan. It was going to be a very special trip for us, and for me in particular. I had always dreamt of going back to Japan to play music. Not many people know this, but I was actually born in Japan, and although I only lived there for a couple years, I've always had a deep love for the country and its people. I cannot express how sad and helpless I've felt reading about everything that is happening there right now, and even though we couldn't be there, we wanted to do everything we could to help.
We love you Japan.
The donation scale for the Japan Echo EP ranges from $5 to $100, with all proceeds going to the Japan Society's Earthquake Relief Fund. You can donate and download the album here.