Banquets - Banquets
By no means is Banquets breaking new ground with this release. What they are doing is taking their spin on both classic melodic punk rock and poppy indie rock in a more mature direction. In the realm of reviewing music, the word "mature" or "maturing" can be quite cliche. Bands can take a hard left turn stylistically and get slapped with the label "mature" when all they did was abandon what got them to where they were to begin with. That is absolutely not the case with Banquets. This release is very obviously cut from the same cloth as their previous material... but the growth as both musicians and songwriters is undeniable. Still present is their foundation in pop punk, but seeping through the cracks more so than ever are the rock elements. Being a huge fan of more rock leaning melodic punk bands like Samiam and The Gaslight Anthem, this is a very welcome point of growth for me.
The bottom line is that Banquets are about to release one of the best records in the genre of the year. These ten songs are brimming with passion and character... and if you're looking for a great record to crank in your car with the windows down, you've found it.
Banquets Banquets will be out on 5/7 via Black Numbers and Disconnect Disconnect.
Genre: Indie Rock / Avant-garde
Label: Black Numbers / Disconnect Disconnect
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Similar: Hot Rod Circuit, Piebald, Samiam, The Gaslight Anthem
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