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Banquets: BanquetsBanquets (2013)
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New Jersey's Banquets turned a lot of heads with their debut full-length, 2011's Top Button, Bottom Shelf. Now the band have returned with their self-titled sophomore album, and once again, they deliver a collection of strong, catchy, tuneful anthems. Were it not for the obvious heart and emotion.
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New Jersey's Banquets turned a lot of heads with their debut full-length, 2011's Top Button, Bottom Shelf. Now the band have returned with their self-titled sophomore album, and once again, they deliver a collection of strong, catchy, tuneful anthems.

Were it not for the obvious heart and emotion in the songs, the band might seem almost calculating in how perfectly crafted their songs are for fist pumping sing alongs in sweaty clubs. From the first notes of opener "Little Shallow," to album highlights like "Call it a Comeback" and "March 19th," Banquets deliver hook after hook after hook. The band haven't changed dramatically in the years since Top Button, Bottom Shelf but they've refined their attack, resulting in perhaps a more consistent, focused set of songs.

Singer Travis Omilian is in top form here; his distinctive vocals sound the better than ever and the production is clean and crisp, allowing every line to be heard, understood, absorbed, and shouted back at the next show. The band have stepped up the game as well: the drums sound huge and powerful, but not to the detriment of the rest of the fellas, with furious riffs driving along the songs.

One surprise for Banquets this time out comes toward the end of the album, in the form of the midtempo "Burns in the Breeze." The song hints that the band could do a whole lot more than the catchy, fast punk rock they do so well. Not that they necessarily need to; the steady improvement on the solid sound the band have developed is excellent, and could propel these gents far.

All in all, the self-titled album from Banquets takes everything that made Top Button, Bottom Shelf great and kicks it up. Bigger hooks, bigger sing alongs, the works. Banquets will undoubtedly make more than a few year-end lists in 2013.

 

 
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SydBarrett420 (July 11, 2013)

Nothing special about this album, listened to it five times through and couldn't remember one hook or melody ten seconds after I was finished.

sleepwalker (June 1, 2013)

I have heard this album a million times at this point. Nothing new or exciting. I am just not feeling most "rock" music this year it seems.

beardy (May 31, 2013)

best record of the year so far. if it was any better, it'd be peanut butter. because i fucking love peanut butter.

Icapped2pac (May 29, 2013)

This was my intro to the band, and I'm disgusted with myself that I wasn't checking for them before. Also, can I say how happy I am that Renaldo didn't review this? Very. Very.

Make_Way (May 29, 2013)

Cannot stop listening to this album. So good.

Jacktheskipper (May 29, 2013)

Record of the year so far ...

souldoubt (May 28, 2013)

The highlight of the record is Fade from Gold, March 19th is the worst song on the album, HOWEVER, all the songs are really good.

MN_DrNick (May 28, 2013)

They shot Alexander Hamilton?

localbusinessforever (May 28, 2013)

this band is a bunch of aaron burrs

kneel (May 28, 2013)

i'm giving them all the stars. because they deserve it. this such a great album, and so many hooks.

MN_DrNick (May 28, 2013)

Thumbs up.

ashtraymonument (May 28, 2013)

yeah yeah yeah!

kidgotham (May 28, 2013)

This is such a solid record.

beanpie (May 28, 2013)

Great record and great dudes.

slymer (May 28, 2013)

Possibly the album of the year for me. I love it.

party-animal (May 28, 2013)

Turning out to be a pretty amazing year for music and this definitely adds to it. Top 10 material for sure right here.

JST138 (May 28, 2013)

hands down one of the best albums of the year so far. can't get enough of it.

TibbsTastic (May 28, 2013)

really enjoying this record!

ak3punk (May 28, 2013)

Best album of te year so far. Its like a hybrid of old "Keep Your Heart" by the Loved Ones and old Gaslight. Love this band.

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