Banner Pilot - Resignation Day (Cover Artwork)

Banner Pilot

Banner Pilot: Resignation DayResignation Day (2008)
Go Kart Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: BryneBryne
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Banner Pilot's debut full-length, Resignation Day. Ho hum. Just another solid collection of working-class, Midwestern punk. What is there to get excited over? The band featuring members of The Pyongyang Metro and Off With Their Heads, and hailing from the same town as the mighty Dillinger Four? Infl.
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Banner Pilot's debut full-length, Resignation Day. Ho hum. Just another solid collection of working-class, Midwestern punk. What is there to get excited over? The band featuring members of The Pyongyang Metro and Off With Their Heads, and hailing from the same town as the mighty Dillinger Four? Influence from each of the aforementioned bands, as well as a sprinkle of early Jawbreaker could describe Banner Pilot's sound pretty accurately, but we've got some space here, so let's get a little more descriptive.

Well, "Overwinter" is something to get excited about. The chord progression and lead guitar inject a healthy dose of melody, while Nick Johnson rasps away at a girl named Amanda: "How'd green eyes get so gray? Who's clouded up your sights? It won't always look like it looks tonight." "Cut Bait" is next, a song with a quick tempo and some whoas in the background that are a nice garnish. "Speed Trap" is a true bullshit-job anthem replete with identifiable references and sentiments for anyone who's ever had one of those jobs, and again, the lead guitar employed here gives the song a melodic quality that's a bit difficult to hear with the production, but I'd wager we'd all notice it if it were omitted. The vocal pattern in "Empty Your Bottles" is undeniably catchy, and there's a part towards the end of the song that is sure to conjure up every elitist's worst nightmare at a show -- synchronized clapping!

"Wired Wrong" wraps up the first half of Resignation Day in true punk power-ballad style, a mid-tempo tune lined with catchy, heartfelt choruses and a ending that starts loud but fades out to end the song. Ah, the good ol' fadeout -- the classy way to end Side A. Unfortunately this copy is on CD so the full experience was not achieved. Alas, I trudge on.

The second half of Resignation Day definitely has its moments, however. The bass-driven intro of "Absentee", along with some well-placed whoas make it the most distinctive cut here, replete with lyrics from Johnson that recall simpler, warmer times: "Nothing beats having nothing else to do" and "Want more of you rubbed off on me so for the summer months I'll just get marked absentee". "Milemarking" is a real Midwestern pop-punk gem -- the lead guitar parts, the dancing bass, gruff vocals in the verses that miraculously transform into memorable vocal harmonies in the chorus. I still don't understand how bands this rough and loose can be this catchy without compromising either quality, but I hope no one ever finds out. Ditto for "Shell Game", a song with an almost impossibly good vocal harmony, and there's also a quick refrain that really lets the rhythm section flex their muscles.

"Barker" closes Resignation Day with some dramatic lead guitar parts akin to a band like Face to Face in their heyday. Johnson's lyrics, though nearly always introspective and personal, appear to cut deeper here: "September's here and we ain't been ourselves lately. The old me liked the old you." And the final lines on the song and album are a nice way to end it: "Treating creatures like machines. But we can't be controlled all the time, no, resistance breeds. If we don't get what we need, get bent and bowed, tick explode."

The ingredients were all on the table here for Banner Pilot, and on Resignation Day they utilize them in near-perfect harmony to create a delicious slab of punk rock. It does the body good.


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withoutbellson (July 15, 2010)

pass the poison was kind of a full-length.

Dedricthere (June 25, 2010)

I love the crappy trebly production.

evildeadalive (August 27, 2009)

Can eveyone who thinks Rage Against the Machine is better then Banner Pilot let me know, so that I can make sure to never, ever listen to your opinion?

BadSceneYourFault (May 8, 2009)

Fucking Great!

Scarysmurf (December 25, 2008)


Scruffy (September 3, 2008)

RATM>Not much.

TommyPickles (September 2, 2008)

Really good

scientistrock (September 1, 2008)

Boner Pilot.

I still need this record.

versus_god (September 1, 2008)


telegraphrocks (September 1, 2008)

RATM > Banner Pilot.

mikexdude (September 1, 2008)

I wouldn't go as far as saying RATM is good. They're actually pretty unbearable.

grownfromthecold (September 1, 2008)

Just another typical 'org band, nothing exciting, nothing innovative about it at all... Actually pretty boring if you ask me. Every song sounds the same, and not in the good RATM way.

hayman (August 31, 2008)

Now this is what it's all about. Could be 100 other bands playing exactly the same thing as far as I care, at least this shit has some heart.

mattramone (August 31, 2008)

Boner Pilot is great. This record's probably going to make my top ten of the year.

totonotdead (August 30, 2008)

great band , great guys, great album.
i fucking love this, it makes me happy in a very sad way... sorta like jawbreaker, but better...

mikexdude (August 30, 2008)

I agree, Bryne should be on the staff. He cranks out reviews like I masturbate.

SilentStorms (August 30, 2008)

this guy. goddammit.

SilentStorms (August 30, 2008)

And this isn't on the staff because?!?!?!?! Oh yeah, you've Jelone on there instead. Oops. Score's for the review.

nocigar (August 30, 2008)

Easily on top for album of the year so far. So catchy, so Boner Pilot.

telegraphrocks (August 30, 2008)

Swing low, sweet chariot.

This album wins the award for "Puts Paul To Sleep In Under 5 Minutes".

SloaneDaley (August 30, 2008)

having too many records to buy in a year there will always be casualties that never get bought, I'm afraid this album will be one of those for me.

awilhelmruiner (August 30, 2008)

Near perfect album.

awilhelmruiner (August 30, 2008)

Near perfect album.

bryne (August 30, 2008)

You're totally right, Mike. I'm better than all of you assholes.

mikexdude (August 30, 2008)


damo (August 30, 2008)

good album. didn't like your review as i felt you came across with hints of elitism and were a touch condescending. fair play for sudmitting it though

erff (August 30, 2008)

awesome band. sometimes i wish i lived in minneapolis but im satisfied with living right next to chicago.

balipunk (August 30, 2008)

This record is melting from the amount of spins i've been giving it. My record of the year.

8dollarclarinetsolo (August 29, 2008)

The band featuring members of The Pyongyang Metro and Off With Their Heads,

ummmmm.... rivethead??

this record rules

danperrone (August 29, 2008)

awesome album. one of my favorites of the year.

victim (August 29, 2008)

i think this is a pretty good progression for them. Pass The Poison was great but their split with the Monikers was even better and this seems to pick up where the latter left off.

One of my favorites of the year

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