Amid relocating from SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA to Brooklyn, slickly polished indie rock and roll quartet the Morning Benders parted ways with bassist Tim Or and changed their name to POP ETC. This decision emerged after the music group toured thoroughly and found that the term “bender” acquired some homophobic slang connotations in elements of the U.K. Within a press release about the name transformation, the music group stated “We just can’t go on utilizing a name that’s demeaning towards the homosexual community. The reason why we are producing music is to attain and unite as much different varieties of people as it can be, and the theory our name could be hateful towards anyone makes us unwell.” Combined with the name transformation, the move, as well as the reconfiguration of bandmembers (bandleader Chris Chu remained on with multi-instrumentalists Julian Harmon and sibling Jon Chu), POP ETC had taken on the drastically even more radio-ready sound compared to the shimmery indie rock and roll from the Morning Benders’ albums. An eponymous debut record arrived in the summertime of 2012, with slick creation by Lil Wayne and Kanye Western world manufacturer Andrew Dawson and a collaborative creation with Risk Mouse. With regards to the time period between albums, which included the documenting “hundreds” of music per Chu, their second record, the ten-track Souvenir, found its way to early 2016.