The earthquake that recently struck Japan devastated the country, and as a result many artists have already shown their support and aid for the citizens of Japan, including Gwen Stefani, Linkin Park, Sonic Youth, and many others. Now, The Morning Benders are showing their support with their eight-track Japan Echo EP, which includes two original songs as well as remixes by Star Slinger, RAC, Wild Nothing, Twin Sister and Aislyn. Frontman Chris Chu also wrote a very personal statement in regards to the country and the disaster.
“Last week we were scheduled to go to Tokyo to play our 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 of 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 band encourages fans to head to their website to donate and download the EP, with all funds raised going towards the Japan Society Earthquake Relief Fund. You can check out the tracklisting for the EP after the jump.
Japan Echo EP Tracklist:
01. Cold War (Star Slinger Remix)
02. Better In Blue
03. Hand Me Downs (Wild Nothing Remix)
04. Excuses (RAC Remix)
05. Mason Jar (Twin Sister Remix)
06. Wet Cement (Aislyn Remix)
07. Little Riot
08. Promises (Star Slinger Remix)