mEET THE bENCHES
Ignant Benches, dubbed by some as the ugly stepchild of both Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes, have been playing and making music since their middle school talent show back in 2015. The band’s youth, talent, and raw energy displayed on stage and in their recordings has caught the eye of many.
The group is composed of founding member, Anson Kelley, who leads the way with vocals and guitar. His cousin, Andres Tistoj, plays lead guitar, with Mauro Rocha on drums, and Ruben Gutierrez on the bass.
Originating in Chula Vista, California, the band started back in 2015. Andy had received a guitar for Christmas, giving fuel to Anson and Andy's early dreams of becoming musicians. They began to teach themselves how to play guitar using a video game for the PlayStation called Rocksmith. Several months later, they formed Ignant Benches. The original purpose of the band was to enter into their middle school’s annual talent show learning mostly covers in preparation of their first performance. When the day came, it was a dream come true for a first show. Playing in front of a large and chaotic audience, feeding off the crowd’s energy, and feeling an overall sense of euphoria propelled the band into a state of certainty. This is what they wanted to do with their lives.
Fast forward to 2019, the band has been featured on various radio stations, performed at well-established venues, and have opened for famous bands like Foster The People, I Don't Know But They Found Me, and Louis XIV.
They are currently working on the release of their debut album.
Vocals, Rhythm Guitar / Anson Kelley
Lead Guitar / Andres Tistoj
Drums / Mauro Rocha
Bass / Ruben Gutierrez