THE GREATEST BAND YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF: THE STORY OF BENDER

Published On August 16, 2013 | By Brett Buchanan | Featured, Grunge Report

Bands who write powerful hook laden songs tend to usually reach commercial prominence, but one of the greatest bands to come out in the last 15 years has gone largely unnoticed by the general public. The band I’m referring to is Bender, who released the criminally underrated Jehovah’s Hitlist in May 2000. The album features classics like “Isolate” and “Passion Flower”. The album did not sell well, and the band split up a year and a half later. Bender’s songs were featured in movies like 3000 Miles to Graceland and Scary Movie, along with video games like ATV Offroad Fury for PS2. “Isolate” was also featured in a Laird Hamilton surfing video that has over 7 million views on YouTube. These soundtracks have largely been the only way for new fans to discover Bender, as the band completely disappeared from the public eye following their 2002 breakup. So little is known about the band that their only group photo available online until now was a low resolution black and white photo, leaving Bender as one of the more mysterious bands in recent memory, especially in today’s social media/internet obsessed society.


Bender- “Isolate”

The origins of Bender begin with guitarist Matt Scerpella and bassist Tim Cook. Matt and Tim were part of Milwaukee’s metal scene and met in the late 80’s. The two bonded instantly and began playing together. They performed in cover bands initially but worked on honing their craft as songwriters. The pair heard a local singer named Kent Boyce on a local Sunday night radio show and immediately were impressed with his talent. They approached him at a benefit show in late 1994 for a recording studio that burned down and asked him to come to their studio to work on some material. Boyce subsequently quit his band and Bender was formed. The band immediately began writing material, which would become their self-recorded debut album Joe. The name ‘Bender’ was drawn from a shoe. Superfly, Blood Red Tongue, Queen Family Truckster, and Nana’s Wetsuit were other names considered. Original drummer Micah Havertape pushed hard for the Bender name. Bender actually played under name Blood Red Tongue for one of their first shows.

Mike Zirkel assisted the band with recording the album, and it was mixed at Butch Vig’s Smart Studios. Joe was released in 1995 and the band began performing live. Bender’s music melded the two styles of music predominant in Milwaukee: the west side’s metal scene and the east side’s alternative scene. “Headless Soldier” and “Lobster” were played on local radio. Joe featured an early version of “Superfly”. The band were hit and miss with some of their early shows, Boyce had an improvisational Jim Morrison vibe live. Bender were also known as a drinking band.

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Bender performing live: bassist Tim Cook, lead singer Kent Boyce, and guitarist Matt Scerpella

Micah Havertape was fired in 1997 and he was replaced by Jeff Holden. In 1998 Bender released their self-recorded version of Jehovah’s Hitlist, which slowly but surely generated label interest. Holden left the band after he stopped returning the band’s phone calls and Steve Adams replaced him. Matt Scerpella recalls the band’s first rehearsal with Adams, “As soon as we blasted [Isolate], Jeff was the guy we’d played that song with, and I had never heard the song sound that good. I literally turned to the wall because I didn’t want him to see me smiling. Tim had the exact same reaction.” He added, “I guess you could say he was kind of a Dave Grohl type guy. Immediately the band went back to where it was with our first drummer.”

In 1999 Bender’s manager informed the band that they had label interest, so they did a showcase performance at Mob Fest in Chicago for several labels. The labels weren’t impressed by the performance, as the band didn’t have much of an image and there were some problems with the PA system. A representative from TVT Records then attended a club show on Bender’s home turf at the Globe in Milwaukee and offered them a deal after a great performance. The band lacked leverage because of the ill received Mob Fest performance, so they accepted the deal. TVT told Bender’s A&R representative that the band would be their Stone Temple Pilots. After the deal was signed in 1999, Bender worked on remixing Jehovah’s Hitlist.


Bender- “Superfly”

The tracklist remained largely the same as the self-released version, but the band re-recorded “Superfly” off of Joe for the album. Tim Cook describes the story behind the song lyrically, “Vocally, and I’m not going to mention the band, but there was a pretty landmark Wisconsin band that had come out 5 or 6 years before that. When we were looking for singers pre Kent, that singer came down to jam with us and it kind of turned into this train wreck. So we ended up unfortunately kind of turning the whole thing into a joke, because the guy is brilliant. It kind of became this joke, and that’s what that verse is. ‘You’re fucking wig was never shit’ and all of that is a direct literal rip on this guy that we thought could come down and be brilliant. It was a rip on his hair. So that line ‘you’re not superfly’ it’s like, well we thought you were a fucking rock star, you’re going to come down and this was going to be great, but it wasn’t.”

“Isolate” was written in a week’s time. On Monday Matt came up with the intro and Kent instantly had a melody.  On Wednesday the song was written all the way up to a later part, and by Friday the song was completely demoed.

“Passion Flower” was the result of a night where the band were facing writer’s block. Tim quipped, “It’s a song about weed, clearly.” Matt elaborated, “Because we’d get together religiously on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we may not even play music, we may just sit there and start talking. We’d all show up with our bags of food like Burger King, or some guy had Subway. We’d sit there and talk for awhile, it was one of those nights where nothing was happening and it was very frustrating. I can’t remember if Kent brought pot to write on, he did sometimes, but I started playing that figure and the drummer Jeff came in with the beat. Right away Kent, I remember he had his coat on, he stopped and turned around and he came back.”

He added, “I used to keep a boombox on my side and I would record our jams, and when I’d deliver my pizzas I would drive around with all our jam tapes and edit them together, or I would look for all the gems and I’d think hey this is a great part. I would listen to it so many times in a row over the course of a couple evenings of delivering pizzas I would come back to the guys and say ‘hey listen to this part listen to that part.’ I’m not saying it always worked that way but sometimes it did. When Tim tended to bring in an idea he basically had a lot of it by himself. But with Kent, I would cull together jams and cut them together. That’s how Passion Flower was. Right away he had the verse and he had the chorus, and I was very excited by it. I just drove around going this is great. Once again, it was hey what do we do now? Do we put a solo in it? I think that was a time where solos weren’t really that in vogue. Kent, I don’t know how he came up with the talking part, but that to me was so great.”


Bender- “Passion Flower”

Jehovah’s Hitlist was released on TVT Records on May 9, 2000. The lead single was “Superfly”. The band disagreed with the label’s choice to make it the first single, they wanted “Isolate” instead. Cook recalls, “I think they had this vision that we were more of a metal band than we were. So they kind of wanted to break into the nu metal and industrial sounding hard rock kind of thing, and that was Superfly.” TVT eventually released “Isolate” as the 2nd single, but they didn’t release it until 6 months after the album’s release and there was no music video.

Bender toured Jehovah’s Hitlist for a year, grinding it out in a van. One of the first runs on the tour was opening for Queenryche, a tour that Bender was kicked off of after 2 weeks. Bender toured with Nickelback and 3 Doors Down extensively, witnessing Nickelback’s rise to fame. There was one show in Ohio with only 80 fans in attendance. They also toured with Tonic, Disturbed, Papa Roach, Sugar Ray, and Union Underground. Matt looks band on the Jehovah’s Hitlist tour fondly, “It wasn’t lost on me what was going on. I had two parts to my life: basically getting to the music industry and life after the music industry. This was my time, I loved every minute of it. I loved playing the shows, I loved playing the big radio shows.”

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Tim, Matt, and Kent in the van on the Jehovah’s Hitlist tour.

In early 2001 TVT wanted to send Bender on tour with Chevelle to support “Passion Flower” as the 3rd single off of Jehovah’s Hitlist, but after “Isolate” flopped Bender were ready to start writing their next album. The band returned to Milwaukee and began writing new material. Scerpella recalls, “We cranked out in a short period of time, I thought by far our best stuff. I don’t know, maybe people would think Isolate is still the best song. I think we were starting to find ourselves. Our demos once again are all over the map, because we would entertain anything. I mean we were practicing every day, we would go to the studio every day.” There were 27 songs demoed, and overall 50 musical ideas. The songs included: Never Gonna Fly, Birds Are Away, This Love, Ordinary, Suffer, When You Open Your Eyes, and Every Little Step. “Never Gonna Fly” sounds like a surefire hit, featuring an infectious hard rock riff to kick off the song and a soaring a sing-a-long U2esque chorus. A brief part of the track can be heard in National Lampoon’s Van Wilder.

TVT were excited when they heard the demos and lined up Rick Parashar to produce.  Parashar had produced Pearl Jam’s Ten, Temple of the Dog’s album, and Alice In Chains’ Jar of Flies. Bender’s A&R reps told Matt Scerpella that the band were going to go into the studio within a month to work on their next record with Parashar. It would have been Bender’s first time working with a producer. TVT then sought publishing rights for the band’s catalog, which Bender’s lawyer strongly advised against. The band had also heard horror stories about Nine Inch Nails’ dispute with the label. Scerpella explains, “We didn’t have a publishing deal, we turned a couple down on Jehovah’s Hitlist. Steve Gottlieb, the President of TVT, said ‘alright we will pay Parashar’s fee but you’ve got to do the publishing deal with me for your first record and this one’ and we weren’t going to do it. I don’t know if that was the death knell, but we squared off on that.” Bender didn’t want to put the fate of their band in the hands of a label that had mishandled their album. There was then a take it or leave it offer from TVT: hand over publishing and record their next album with Parashar, or no deal. The band were conflicted on what to do, and decided to walk on the deal. The band fired their representation and hired Jeff Castelaz, the future President of Elektra Records. Cook recalls, “He was getting all kinds of hits on the demos. I remember talking to him, it was major label stuff. They were talking big numbers, and then they started calling him and saying, ‘is this the Bender that just turned their back and walked on a deal with TVT?’” Walking away from the TVT deal had hurt Bender’s reputation in the music industry, as did the stigma of being a band that had already released an album that had not done well commercially. Castelaz stopped returning the band’s calls, and when he did speak to them he told them that the band’s future looked grim.

As the future of Bender was looking increasingly uncertain, one day Matt didn’t feel like going to practice, and Tim called him up and asked him if he wanted to go to a U2 show. The two had rarely ever skipped practice, but they decided to go to the show. They ended up with floor tickets, and spotted the opening band Garbage. Bender had mixed their albums at Butch Vig’s studio so they had a connection with him. Tim went over and talked to Garbage, and they congratulated him on Bender’s record deal. Tim came back and told Matt what they said, and as the two friends and bandmates of over a decade stood there watching U2’s performance, they realized they were finished. Matt remembers the sinking feeling he had, “It was really bittersweet man, it was actually pretty terrible. It was great to see U2 because we were standing pretty close to the front, but I knew we were finished. We were finished, out of the music business. It took me my whole life to get there, I didn’t know who I was. If I wasn’t Matt who played in a band trying to make it and trying to write songs, I didn’t know who I was. So then you had Butch Vig being very cordial to Tim going hey congratulations I’m so happy for you guys, and we were done. That was it, nobody wanted us anymore.” After nearly 15 years of pouring their hearts and souls in to writing and performing music together, the dream was over. While the story of Bender is a bittersweet one, their music will live on forever: ‘Burn the time you steal, hold the time that’s real.’ -Kent Boyce

You can check out Bender’s new official website at BenderOfficial.com and check the band out on Facebook. You can purchase Jehovah’s Hitlist on Amazon and iTunes. The band’s debut album from 1995 Joe will be released for the first time online on AlternativeNation.net in the coming weeks. Below is my full 2 hour and 12 minute interview with founding Bender members Matt Scerpella and Tim Cook.


AlternativeNation.net’s full 2 plus hour interview with founding Bender members Matt Scerpella & Tim Cook


Bender- “Seizures”


Bender- “Body & Soul”

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Photo of Nickelback taken in 2000 by Bender’s Tim Cook.  Tim’s caption: “Nickelback. Yes, I know.”

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Bender opening for Dokken at Summerfest in 1996.

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Bender in 2000.

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Bio: Brett hosted the BWR podcast from 2004 to 2009, and then opened GrungeReport.net in May 2009. The site changed its name to AlternativeNation.net in June 2013. Brett also owns Concertfy.com. Reach out to Brett at; brett (at) alternativenation.net
  • Johan

    ..well, good band, great musicians, but I´m sorry, can´t find anything special in his music. Anyway I´m gonna give them some time to listen them carefully. Thanxs!

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  • Brad

    Meh.

  • Limberg

    Good band, thanks for the heads up Brett. What about Black Market Radio (Peter Cornell, CC brother band)?, they are really good, or at least, their only album so far was really good, but I haven´t heard from them in a while…

  • John

    This band sounds like another Pearl Jam rip off. No thanks.

  • Gude

    I saw them a couple of times in Chicago, GREAT BAND! Even saw them once at Metro at like 5:30 – terrible slot, especially since there was a 2:00 Cub game that day. There were only 7 people there, and 5 were me, my buddies and my girlfriend. I felt so bad for them, but they came out and just TORE it up!! They played like it was a sold out 20,000 seat arena. Major Props, just sad they never got a clean shot. Jahovah’s is really good but it could’ve been way better and received way better had it been engineered by a proffesional.

  • Raj

    In a couple of songs during the verses the singer sounds like Gavin Rossdale and/or Shaun Morgan but different during the choruses. These guys can write songs and are good musicians but something is missing. I never heard of them and probably never would have if it wasn’t for this article.

  • MH

    Scoop getting an album up on this here site, but tracks linked to this article are decidedly meh. Don’t think the world missed much on yet another PJ/AIC/Nirvana clone.

    • Jose

      Another clone of pearl jam and alice in chains.

      Nirvana is clone of pixies

  • http://nemsworld.com Christine

    I think this is a great report, thank you for it.

    • Brett Buchanan

      Thanks. I realize most commenters are negative on here on most articles and people who actually like an article or newer band we post on mostly say nothing since we have a very negative internet culture, but this negative group (while a minority) still concerns me. I definitely need to market the site to more people outside of the Grunge fan base as we continue to grow because I think there’s a segment of the audience that will never like anything after the Grunge era and will just call anything after it a ripoff or shit (this goes for bands like Cage The Elephant or an indie act like Noiseheads too and for some EVEN STP and now a band like Bender) rather than just listening and appreciating the music for what it is, so I need to market the site to others and keep adding bands. I have zero interest in just running a nostalgia site for the Grunge bands, really want to open people up to music they may not have heard before. But I need to market to some outside fan bases.

      • John

        Whatever, just because you’re passionate about this band doesn’t mean everyone else has to be. There are plenty of recent bands, including the aforementioned Cage the Elephant, who put out good music today and don’t rely too heavily on past influences. To me, this band sounds like they were trying too hard to capture the “grunge” sound. I’m just calling it like I hear it.

      • MH

        It was a good article Brett, held my attention the whole time….I went and streamed the album through google play afterwards to give it a listen, but I still find it very MOR. It’s not pushing boundaries, or coming across as different to any other generic rock. Keep up the diversity of bands on the site though, it’s good shit. Just less embarrassing Eddie + One Direction please

      • Florian Folger

        Hi Brett,

        I’m probably from an outside-the-usual fan base. I’m 53 years old, live primarily in New England and have been going to concerts on & off since about 1976-1977.

        Don’t be discouraged on comments about what really is original vs. a copy–unless someone uses a different format most music uses a standard 8 (full) note octave, instruments are relatively standardized as to what their range is & music is basically, meter, melody and harmony. One could argue that everything after a lute & flute (lute for rhythm & harmony/flute for lead) a couple thousand years ago is either a copy, improvement or direction change depending on one’s perspective–the big thing is if you
        re getting comments you’re at least having a discussion.

        On the other side, there is the performance side there is similar basics–simple performance where the music does all the work and more active performances where the music is driven by the actual performance–some artists are best making recordings while others can give even lesser crafted songs life through the presentation or crowd interaction. Again, how far back a person studies performance history and how an act is presented determines the perspective (any blood/gore act could be taken as a knock-off from the scene in Oedipus Rex where he tears his eyeballs out–again that act is a couple thousands of years old.

        Often its more important to see within the similarities where there is divergence and why–is it a writing issue, a performance skill issue, a background issue or even just an experience issue. Very little is totally original in a large scope other than tech changes, there’s only so many universal issues to write about (some writers hold there are only 32-36 major themes in ALL stories) The key is for the audience (whether Alternative Nation readers or a band’s attendees) go in with an open mind and hopefully with an understanding of what are reasonable expectations. A three-chord song with a strong beat and easy lyrics could have more a mass appeal than something with a complicated or extended riff base, frequent meter changes and multi-octave lyrics–technically the former would be inferior to the latter but usually the latter is the one that is preferred and more requested.

        As for Bender, I heard more of a 1989-2000 NIN in Bender’s Superfly than some of the other bands mentioned in some of these comments…that song was on Bender’s TVT album, Jehovah’s Hitlist, same label that put out Pretty Hate Machine. Maybe I’m just getting old but I recall how many people felt T. Reznor was going in a different (read as wrong) direction with his “Perfect Drug” release in 1997 which would created an opportunity to fill that void with a more close to Pretty Hate Machine sound. (I’ve seen NIN a few times over the years but never Bender so I can’t compare the live performance value).

        Good luck expanding the base!

  • http://myspace.com/thetricyclewipeout Matt Young

    Brett, could you do a piece on Edgewater? Their album with “eyes Wide Shut” was great. That song was on the Punisher soundtrack…

  • AwayNow (Chad)

    Great job on this, Brett. I’m sure a lot of time went into this, and everybody should appreciate that. Personally, I love this band, and I have ever since I heard “Isolate” on ATV Offroad Fury.

    Anyway, I agree with what you said Brett, about how people should take the music for what it is. Not everybody has to like it, but I don’t understand why somebody would dislike a band simply for them being a “rip off” of a more popular group. It’s not like they blatantly tried to steal another band’s style. Bender has many great songs, and a lot of them have many unique characteristics.

    Once again, thanks to Brett for letting everyone know about this band, and for me, giving some insight about what really happened to these guys. Good work.

    • Brett Buchanan

      Thanks, I had always wondered all these years too what their story was. I think having some more stuff out there on these guys (their story, pictures, the first album, a website, a Facebook page) will help with people who discover them over the years.

      I agree, don’t get why people are so hung up on comparisons. Though I will say I think people miss the U2 type element in this band a lot, that’s what makes them unique and not just another post Grunge band.

  • Brett’s Dad

    Brett’s Dad here…

    To begin my comment, I want to state that it was I who introduced Brett to Bender. And for any of you who want to pose this question to Brett – ask him who has the best ear for great music besides him. Yours truly, thank you very much.

    Now, for any of you naysayers out there who claim Bender is some kind of Grunge rip off band could you please come up with a more original argument to support your narrow-mindedness.

    Bender was an awesome band with great potential. Their songs still remain on my iPod workout mixes. I can’t run at full clip without Isolate blaring in my ears somewhere in the playlist rotation. And that, in my opinion, is the telltale of a great song, or a great band. Their music stands the test of time. Puddle of Mudd isn’t on my workout playlist. Creed isn’t either. But Bender is – and always will be.

    So, Tim and Matt, get back to it and make some more music damn it. Write some songs. Get back in the studio. I can only listen to so much Pearl Jam before visions of Tim Robbins and Sean Penn start haunting my dreams at night…

  • Brett’s Dad

    Listening to Passion Flower. What an awesome piece of music…

  • Brett’s Dad

    Brett just played me Never Gonna Fly. Fuck me. Ripping good song. Cranking it as I write this. Awesome shit. Holy crap. Just writing what’s coming to mind. These guys are fucking awesome. New favorite song. WRITE SOME MORE MUSIC DAMN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BENDER RIPS!!!!!!!!! RECORD COMPANIES KISS MY FUCKING ASS…

    Sorry for the caps but this music should have made it to the people…

  • Pj

    Hey just wondering if the site covers the band, Big Wreck?

    • Brett’s Dad

      Who are they? I will look on iTunes… Send me a link to their site…

      • Shadow on the Sun

        YouTube the songs:
        Control
        Wolves
        Look what I found
        Mistake
        Knee Deep

        • Pj

          Definitely think they deserve to be covered!

  • Shadow on the Sun

    I got Brett to listen to the song Albatross. I have no idea why we don’t add Big Wreck to the coverage, Ian Thornley is on par with any of the great musicians we read on this site, so glad someone else is wanting them to be covered as well

    • facepollution

      Get him to listen to Blown Wide Open or All By Design – if they don’t hook him in….

  • sonic_junkie

    Interesting… I lived in Milwaukee from 1995 to 2009 and I never once heard these guys being promoted anywhere. The band in Milwaukee that everybody liked was The Gufs, that was the band that 102.1 was always promoting.

    • MColins

      There is a part of the story not told and it has to do with a local celebrity/promoter who was working against them because of a personal relationship angle. Its fair to say that Bender got little promotion in Milwaukee because of it. In fact this person was responsible for Bender losing a record deal with a different label which had come to this promoter for an opinion.

      • MColins

        “Never Gonna Fly” was emblematic of the great music Bender had stored up for the next album. They had found their groove and had started to create an authentic identifiable sound. The songs were dare I say it, commercial. A second album, professionally produced would have made “where is Bender now” an entirely different story.

  • Yo

    The only issue I’ve had with the bands being spotlighted is that they all seem to come from that “grunge” era. Now, that makes sense coming from the site that was grungereport but for me personally I’m interested in getting into new stuff, different sounding stuff, that deserves some attention. I got into this band a couple weeks ago called Hiatus Kaiyote. They’re from Australia and have this record called Tawk Tomahawk and it’s insanely good. Really diverse in their influences and just incredible. I could not recommend a new band any more.

    Very good work on the article Brett.

  • facepollution

    Body And Soul reminds me of STP, a bit Sour Girl – ish, cool song – much better than most of the grunge copycat shit around at the time.

  • Check My Brain

    Great Article, I really like hearing new music, whether from the past or now

  • Brett’s Dad

    I’m telling you this song Never Gonna Fly is the best song I’ve heard in ten years – or ranking within the top five or so during that time. Working out to it right now. It gets the blood moving for sure…

    Come on Bender… More music… waiting…

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  • Brett’s Dad

    Idea – Brett, start an IndieGoGo campaign to fund the release of this music. Alternative Nation has the following to make it happen or at least get the ball rolling. I’ll put it together. Call Matt and Tim and see what it would take on their end. Call me.

  • http://bigbadrockmusic.bandcamp.com walton

    Great to put a spotlight on a band you love, potentially get people to find something they may have not have done otherwise, even if it is a little after the horse has bolted.

    I thought these Bender songs were OK. I mean, it was enjoyable but it just reminded me of Bush.

    You should do similar write ups about The Posies, Deconstruction and Secret Machines.

  • Brett Buchanan

    I love the Deconstruction album but it’s a side project (the instrumentals are the strong suit of the record). Posies were fun too, but none of those acts have songs that sound as powerful and hook laden as Isolate and Passion Flower. A big point of this article is that Bender wrote a few songs that definitely sound like radio hits, catchy riffs/great melodies, and it’s the story of how despite this due to record label type BS they didn’t find commercial success.

  • vizionblind

    snore

  • Search and destroy

    It’s always cool to get introduced to new bands or get a rundown on a band that maybe have got lost in the shuffle. Well I’ll admit Bender isn’t quite my cup of tea, it was still cool to see their story and check out some different songs. There are alot of cool bands like Murder City Devils, Rocket From the Crypt, Hum..who didn’t quite get the spotlight they should’ve

  • NYR

    Jesus, Buttcannon…you actually did a 2.5 hour interview with Bender? I had this album a looooong time ago, after hearing the song ‘Angel Dust’ in 3K Miles to Graceland.

    Why the FUCK would they ever sign with TVT, a record label known for consistently screwing over their bands and musicians? NIN, Sevendust, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Bender, as well as god knows how many others. Steve Gottleib is one of the BIGGEST fucking pieces of shit in the history of modern music record labels, which is why his shitty label went belly up. That guy needs an ass beating something wicked.

    • Brett Buchanan

      Before you I’m the only one who has referred to myself as Buttcannon!

      I think if Bender had signed with a different label everybody on here would have heard of them. TVT though completely failed by not having any music videos for their singles or any TV performances, and by not having Isolate as the lead single. It should be clear as day to people who even aren’t big Bender fans that that song was a clear radio hit.

  • poptart

    Thanks for the article. I had never heard of this band. I hear some potential in their music so it would have been interesting to see where they would have gone in their career with some better help/direction.

  • GoodNPlenTy

    Truthfully I dont care WHEN IT WAS released it is mediocre nothing special. The people that like them feel it’s some great band no ever knew about. OK and so what they average and NO one bought there music or when to see them or even cared showed they weren’t anything special.

    I say they should get back since every band from then is taken advantage of a low in rock music.

  • Minty Fresh

    Unfortunately they’ll never get anywhere in the UK with that name!

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  • http://myspace.com/artisthq Allen Montenegro

    We reached out to Bender on Twitter regarding their album Jehovahs Witness on Myspace. It currently lives on another Benders profile and we’d like to target it to their official profile.

    If someone can get me in contact with a representative of the band, I’d like to help them get setup, verified on Myspace (I’m an employee) because they are an important band from the last decade and they should not be forgotten about, ever.

    Isolate changed my life.

    • http://myspace.com/artisthq Allen Montenegro

      also, please make the comments on this thread show in reverse chronological order so the newest comments show on top (which will drive engagement).
      ;p

  • Jay

    I was/am still a fan of this band. Saw them open for Days of the New in Chicago and they were great. I even heard people talking about how good they were after the show. Unlike a lot of commenters on here who probably listened to a track or two ONE time, I played the album many times and saw them live before judging them. It\’s arrogant to say shit like \”meh\” and \”rip-off\” if you don\’t sit with the music awhile. That goes for ALL music. Once the songs sink in, the uniqueness of the band begins to reveal itself. I think *Jehovah’s Hitlist* is easily one of the best albums of its era, and it stands the test of time!

  • scott boyce

    If you need to get a hold of bender send me an email.