BANQUETS – New Album Now Streaming on Punknews / Available for Pre-Order From BLACK NUMBERS
You can now stream the sophomore Self-Titled LP from Jersey City’s Banquets on Punknews. The album will see an official release date of May 7, 2013 and is available now for Pre-Order viaBlack Numbers. This is the follow-up to the band’s debut LP, Top Button, Bottom Shelf, which came out on Black Numbers in 2011.
The band also recently premiered the video for the album’s first single. “Call It A Comeback” was directed by Kevin Slack (Gaslight Anthem, Cursive, Bouncing Souls) and can be viewed onAlternative Press.
Following up their brilliant debut LP, 2011’s Top Button, Bottom Shelf, Banquets return with a Self-Titled sophomore effort that continues the band’s no filler approach. Much like its predecessor,Self-Titled clocks in at 10 songs under 30 minutes but there is a bit more breathing room here as the band expands and hones their sound. Along with guitarist/vocalist, Dave Frenson and bassist Christ Larsen, the addition of Brian Maguire on drums has been key to the band’s growth. Lead singer, Travis Omilian, is the secret weapon though, hiding behind the band’s ultra tight melodic pop/punk. There is a worn romanticism and a nostalgic charm to Omilian’s lyrics. Combined with the band’s dynamic sense of urgency and uplifting spirit, Omilian’s lyrics give Banquets a depth that is rare to find in the genre these days. Self-Titled truly encompasses the band’s growth into a songwriting tour de force.
The band is confirmed for two Fest appearances in May ahead of their release shows, Death To False Hope Fest in Durham, NC and Pouzza Fest in Montreal. Dates are below.
MAY 11 – Durham, NC @ Death to False Hope Fest
MAY 18 – Montreal @ Pouzza Fest
MAY 25 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s – Record Release Show w/ Signals Midwest, Nightmares for a Week, Crimes
MAY 26 – Allston, MA @ Obrien’s Pub – Record Release Show w/ The Stereo State, Save Ends, Crimes, Great Lakes USA (acoustic)