You can now Pre-Order the sophomore LP from Jersey City’s Banquets from Black Numbers. The Self-Titled LP will see an official release date of May 7, 2013. This will be the follow-up to the band’s debut LP, Top Button, Bottom Shelf, which came out on Black Numbers in 2011.
To celebrate the band has also released a video for “Call It A Comeback” directed by Kevin Slack (Gaslight Anthem, Cursive, Bouncing Souls). The video is premiering exclusively on Alternative Press.
You can also hear “Fade From Gold” from the Self-Titled LP on Absolute Punk now.
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.
APR 14 – Richmond, VA @ Stay Sweet Fest
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)