1. so long and thanks for all the fish

    I know it’s a little late to be writing this, but for the sake of all the unanswered questions out there, GET BENT is no more. We’ve all moved onto different things, and just simply do not have the time to dedicate to this site anymore. We tried for a little while to find new people to take over, but that never materialized in the right way, so we’re just going to take our cue and bow out. 

    Unfortunately, the domain name has expired as well, and since the .fm is a little pricey, we won’t be able to renew it any time soon. (Maybe later though, just for old times.) That means all email addresses are down as well. If you for some reason urgently need to contact someone about something, you can try the old getbentup@gmail.com address, but we won’t be checking it on any sort of regular basis. Some content is still accessible here on tumblr, but most of the posts from the past year or so will go to dead links. Sorry for the inconvenience. 

    I’ll stop speaking in the collective we now. I, at least, have cherished my time working on this website, however short it ended up being. I had my share of successes and failures, mistakes and triumphs, and in the end, I’ve learned a lot about music and journalism and business and myself. For everything that happened, good and bad, I wouldn’t change a thing.

    However, with the increasing success of bands like Black Lips, Ty Segall, Dum Dum Girls, etc., which has paved the way for the garage genre as a whole to gain exposure at a more mainstream level, it seems like there’s less of a need for a two-bit blog to talk about the “underground.” But still, I know full well that there are plenty more talented bands out there waiting to be heard, and there always will be. GET BENT just won’t be the one telling anyone about them anymore. Nevertheless, there are still lots of blogs and zines to sift through for music if you’re so inclined, and I strongly recommend checking out Raven Sings the Blues, Rubberneck, Nashville’s Dead, Styrofoam Drone, Tiny Grooves, and Pork, if you don’t already. They’re some of the ones that still do it right.

    But ultimately, a lot of blogs and reviews are mostly full of meaningless comparisons, waxing poetic and ego-stroking. One of the main things I’ve learned through this experience is that if you want to hear about new music, go to shows and decide for yourself. Don’t google or facebook or soulseek or spotify… get your ass up, go to a show, get there early enough to watch the openers, and pay for your music. If you like it, tell the band afterwards. If not, go home.

    Lastly, I want to say one last thanks for all the support throughout the years. It meant a lot, every single day. I hope to stay in touch and involved, in whatever capacity the future finds me. So until we meet again… happy listening. Stay bent.

    —Rebecca Seung

     

  2. Video: Wyldlife - The Right

    Yes! This is what I’m talking about. No frills, no bullshit, no ironic haircuts, just good rock and roll.

    Read More

     

  3. Review: Nightmare Boyzzz - Bad Patterns

    It’s a rare recent garage punk album that warrants a great many repeat listens, but with each flip of the record, the myriad hooks of Bad Patterns by Nightmare Boyzzz‘s will dig themselves a little deeper into your brain and subliminally suggest you play it again.

    Read More

     

  4. Video: Shannon and the Clams - Rat House

    Shannon and the Clams are known for their signature ability to combine kooky and kitschy, and their new video for “Rat House” is no exception.

    Read More

     

  5. Rewind: 7 Underappreciated Musicians with Pensises

    Today is International Men’s Day. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Didn’t we just celebrate that yesterday?” No, you didn’t. We set aside a special day for that. The men in your life do so much for you. They grill, play football, and doodoo real big. Sometimes, they feel a little underappreciated. Nobody likes feeling like that, so we here at the palatial GET BENT compound have decided to spotlight seven poor souls that we feel don’t get enough attention. To be fair, some of them get a good deal of attention. It’s just not the kind of attention we feel they deserve. You’ll know who we’re talkin’ ‘bout when you see them.

    Read More

     

  6. Video: Dum Dum Girls - Lost Boys and Girls Club

    It has been over two years since Dum Dum Girls delivered their last full-length LP. After a year…

    Read More