Broken Bells, The Morning Benders @ Henry Fonda Music Box 05/19/10
It took James Mercer and Brian Burton six years to bring their creative vision to fruition; a journey that unofficially started in Denmark and officially kicked off Wednesday night in Los Angeles during the Broken Bells' first night of their first tour.
After a chance meeting at the Roskilde Festival, where Mercer, front man for the Shins and Burton, known in other circles as Danger Mouse, both voiced a shared love of each other's work, the two set in on this lateral project that would further catapult them into the stratosphere.
At the Henry Fonda Music Box, set against a colorfully distracting barrage of greens, blues and other hues, the Broken Bells flexed their super group muscle by smashing mediocrity and aiming for perfection. While many praised the release, others complained that the album contributed nothing new to the lexicon of indie-rock. If their album can feel somewhat unoriginal, however, their live performance lives and breathes authenticity showcasing a sound crafted by musicians so smoothly attuned to their craft you get the feeling that practice aint even in their repertoire.