Early-arriving fans looking for a way to ease into Lolla Day 2 after a night on the town were in luck if they stopped by the Sony bloggie Stage for the Morning Benders' too-short set Saturday afternoon.
The shimmering guitars and sunny harmonies of the Brooklyn-based, California-bred quartet have drawn comparisons to the Beach Boys and rightly so. There's also a Beatlesque sheen to some of their songs, including the set-closing "Excuses," which wound down with an initially tentative, eventually enthusiastic sing-along.
Front man Christopher Chu's demeanor was as upbeat as his band's melodies, as he served up self-deprecation ("We are the Morning Benders ... still," he said during one break) and a gentle but persistent plea for audience participation.
By the end of the seven-song, 30-minute mini-set, he and his bandmates had won over the crowd with sometimes dreamy, sometimes soulful songs filled with "whoa-oh-oh" and "ooh-ooh-ooh" choruses that insinuate themselves in their listeners' heads like the memory of a happy summer day.