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Banner Pilot: Pass the PoisonPass the Poison (2006)
Arsenic

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Few things get me both excited and fulfilled like seeing a young band develop. I basically accused Banner Pilot of Lawrence Arms plagiarism regarding their 8-song demo -- I did like it, though. However, the band's freshly recorded EP, Pass the Poison, represents a more complete picture of Midwestern.
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Few things get me both excited and fulfilled like seeing a young band develop. I basically accused Banner Pilot of Lawrence Arms plagiarism regarding their 8-song demo -- I did like it, though. However, the band's freshly recorded EP, Pass the Poison, represents a more complete picture of Midwestern punk, drawing as much from TLA as it does Dillinger Four and early Jawbreaker, and what results are a bunch of good and a few great rough-edged pop-punk songs.

The re-recorded "Uptown Sleep Solution" is one of the best offerings here. The chords sound so basic yet so refreshing, and a punchy, effective chorus contained within. Its follower, "Sun Belt Scars" is fast-paced and throaty as anything here, while "River City Blackout" is another of the disc's outright stunning tracks -- feeling like a sequel to "Condition: Oakland," it's seamlessly ushered in by an audio clip of newsreel footage describing the event the song title implies and then painting a portrait of sincere reflection throughout. Their cover of Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen in Love" is spot on as well.

The songwriting really stuns; "Portland Lights" offers picturesque narratives like "find myself walking by Tabor Park one Spring night / ... / these same Portland lights will help me find my way past wet blurred street signs / Some lawn at day I'll lay and pass out clutching cheap red wine." These dudes have the whole melancholic broken heart thing down beautifully, while they convey the same raw emotion through distorted guitars -- particularly in this song -- as Jawbreaker did so flawlessly.

Banner Pilot are surely beginning to understand how to integrate their influences so that they convey a perfect, unique spin on a style, and as the progression starts to take place, I can safely say it's going to be quite the ride.

Uptown Sleep Solution

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Sunbelt Scars
Portland Lights
Ever Fallen in Love

 

 
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metreau (September 16, 2009)

i loved this album when it came out and i still love it.

dlangl4 (July 16, 2009)

This cd fucking rules.

TommyPickles (August 12, 2008)

Really good.

reduced2teeth (May 28, 2006)

I like D4... I like Tha Larry Arms. Therefore, I like Banner Pilot. Similar style to both, just less produced, in fact, that's even some of the charm.

darkstarm (May 24, 2006)

pretty good shit.

miniblindbandit (May 23, 2006)

So I'm guessin Arsenic is their own label? and the album is called Pass the Poison? and one of the guys in the band has a zine called Pick your Poison? They're a great band but wow talk about a fetish.

SloaneDaley (May 23, 2006)

don't own it but the stuff I streamed is butter, I'd think people would be al over this, like breasts.

Fuzzy (May 23, 2006)

Or maybe you did and I'm an idiot.

Fuzzy (May 23, 2006)

To be fair, you didn't say it was an EP in the review anywhere...maybe you should update the titled with that info.

inagreendase (May 23, 2006)

this is awesome, too short though. Very Promising.

I think 17 minutes (give or take a few, I don't have it on me at the moment) is pretty perfect for an EP.

Anonymous (May 23, 2006)

this is awesome, too short though. Very Promising.

Anonymous (May 23, 2006)

this band kicked my ass. Such a great record.

Medley (May 23, 2006)

Nice album cover! - (it's the one thing that truly matters)

SalsaShark (May 23, 2006)

Goodness, I enjoy this a bunch. Thanks for a new band to love.

Fuzzy (May 23, 2006)

I mean train.

Shit.

Fuzzy (May 23, 2006)

Brian and I are co-conductors of this hype wagon!

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