Banquets/Mayflower Update, Free Downloads & A Cool Review. Posted: July 3d, 2011
Hey friends! If everything goes well we should be able to start shipping the Banquets/Mayflower pre-orders this week. Believe me, we're just as eager as you to get them packed up and sent out. So, while we're still waiting for the boxes of cassettes to drop on our doorstep I thought I should remind you once again that it's possible to get a hold of the digital versions of both "Second Best Sunsets" and "This is Our Concern , Dude" for free. Do yourselves a favor and hit the links below if you haven't got these records already.
In other news, the music site StereoKiller.Com have posted a review of the split and it goes like this...
"I am a firm believer that split releases are one of the best ways for 2 (or more) bands to gain new fans from each others pool of enthusiasts. When your favorite band announces that they're going to release a split with a band you've never heard of... you are nearly guaranteed to give that other and a listen. More bands need to take note of the nearly assured success in this school of thought... because I, for one, love splits for this purpose exactly. This particular split contains 2 brand new songs and 1 cover from each band... which is a formula for success.
Banquets is a melodic punk band from NJ featuring members of other notable acts like The Banner and Let Me Run. Their style is fairly similar to that of bands like The Loved Ones and The Gaslight Anthem, mixed with the late 90's/early 2000's sensibilities of Hot Rod Circuit. Their obvious strengths are in their songwriting and vocal performance. Each of their two originals are extremely well written, interesting melodic punk songs which will surely have you singing along and nodding your head after just a few listens. Their chosen cover for this release was 'Versatility' by Hot Rod Circuit. I used to be pretty fond of the original song and I have to say... Banquets knocked the ball out of the park. All in all, their half of the release is incredibly solid and catchy. A must listen for sure.
New York's Mayflower, while also a melodic punk band, are a different breed all together. They harness a much more raw and stripped down sound, similar to current groups like Dillinger Four and Iron Chic. Utilizing a more "rock and roll" approach to their craft, their songs are constructed of energetic progressions over a driving rhythm section accompanied by gruff vocal melodies. Each of their two original songs on this release are incredibly strong offerings. The first of the two is more of a straight forward energetic punk song while the second seems to be where this band shines. In this song, they take a more drawn out approach. A soft vocal line builds up over an eventually churning guitar riff. The song then breaks into a gallop with a fantastic, yet straight forward punk feel. After this is what I feel to be the highlight of the entire split. Mayflower absolutely NAILS a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's classic "Travelin' Band". If this cover doesn't get your blood flowing, you must be dead.
The bottom line is that this is a shining example of a split release executed to near perfection. Both bands offer up VERY strong original material as well as a fantastic cover track each. Fans of either band will absolutely love the opposing half of this record... and I'd call that mission accomplished."
- Maryland Matt, StereoKiller.Com
More reviews etc. from StereoKiller here.
More info on the Banquets/Mayflower split cassette here.
Download Mayflower's debut LP "Second Best Sunsets"here (Kiss Of Death Records).
Download Banquets' "This is Our Concern, Dude"here (Black Numbers).
New Banquets/Mayflower Review by AbsolutePunk. Posted: June 20th, 2011
"I’ve been pretty vocal about my appreciation for this little Jersey City band called Banquets recently. This six-track split isn’t a bad way to show you why. Their side is all about execution and elegance, qualities that they nail on “Sexy Ghosts.” The track is a bigger, better version of the Polar Bear Club-meet-The Loved Ones-meet-The Gaslight Anthem sound they were building on This Is Our Concern, Dude – read: heaps of energy and frenetic guitars colliding in blissful punk rock harmony. It’s got a sky-high replay value, and is most valuable for the glimpse it gives of just how much potential this band has.
On “Unforgiven V,” Banquets experiment with a heavier, mid-tempo personality that isn’t nearly as exciting as the previous number. There’s a bit of a letdown in terms of energy, but it’s hardly a throw-away in any sense of the word. No need to sell it short though; Banquets are one of those bands that can write anything and make it sound good, and “Unforgiven V” still rocks steady. Then there’s the Hot Rod Circuit cover, which might be the highlight of the split. This version of “Versatility” captures every ounce of the original’s adrenaline – a pleasant surprise in a year of mediocre covers.
Mayflower play a different brand of punk rock, opting for speed and raw melody above anything else. Their side of the split? Equally as good. “Cork High” is a catchy punk spurt, and “Archival” evolves from mid-tempo moaning to full-fledged pop-punk. My favorite track by far, though, is their PBR-ified version of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Travelin’ Band.” They keep the infamous bass line but play the song about twice as fast, and ten times as gruff. The original version clocks in at just over 2 minutes, but Mayflower’s rendition caps out at a minute-forty six, making their version criminally short. This fusion of punk and alt-country is heaven by the way. I pray to God Mayflower inspire a legion of similar covers."
PMPDblog Reviews the New Cassette. Posted: June 11th, 2011
"The melodic genre is over saturated at the moment. Sorting out the good from the bad is quickly becoming a chore. From the sea of monotonous melodies of current day punk comes Banquets. The dual harmonies of Travis Omilian (formerly of Let Me Run) and Dave Fenson provide an indie pop edge over the more melancholy sounding acts of the day. What makes them the pink stripe amongst the black and white wallpaper of modern melodic punk isn’t the refreshing vocal delivery though, it’s the two knuckleheads playing the whose-guitar-shredding-is-better game on every track. I think it’s pretty apparent why they chose to cover Hot Rod Circuits’ “Versitility.”
Opposite Banquets is Mayflower and their less structured, more playful tracks. They have a throwback 70’s punk vibe with hints of Dillinger 4 and a touch of Dear Landlord. Their cover of John Fogerty’s “Travelin’ Band” is too alt-country for my tastes, but the Spraynard-like emotional build up on “Archival” more than compensates for it. This split is a wonderful introduction to two of today’s most promising punk acts. Each band has it’s unique take on melodic pop punk and delivers a sound that is familiar yet foreign enough stand out from similar artists."
Banquets / Mayflower Split - Off to Duplication! Pre-Order Now! Posted: June 8th, 2011 | Edited: June 10th, 2001
I am so happy to announce that the Banquets / Mayflower split cassette has been sent off to duplication! We are now accepting pre-orders via the Black Numbers webstore! Tapes will ship early july but you will recieve an instant download when ordering. The split features two brand new songs and a cover from each band. The amazing artwork was painted by the talented Cayetano Valenzela. Get ready!
Good evening ! Here's a brief update from the Shouting Street headquarters. The new Banquets / Mayflower split cassette is about 97% done. The artwork is all finished and layed out. I got the music from Mayflower and it sounds awesome to say the least. All I'm really waiting for is the final Banquets mixes which should be in any day now. As soon as I have the final mixes we will move into duplication. We (myself and Dave Frenson of Black Numbers) have decided to add another 50 copies to the order making it a total of 150 cassettes. We will make these with two different shells - 100 clear/blue and 50 clear/gold. I hope to have this release sent off to duplication next week.
In other news, I've added photos of the Bouncing Souls / Hot Water Music cassettes to our photo-page. They really turned out handsome! I recently saw a white copy of this go for $28 bucks on Ebay. Crazy cassette flippers! Keep in touch and keep checking the site for news and updates. ¡Hasta pronto!
An Update from the Banquets Headquarters. Posted: March 1st, 2011
This past weekend, Banquets finished the recording of no less than 12 songs at the Machine Shop in Weekhawken, NJ. It was all produced by Will Putney and three of the songs, "Sexy Ghosts", "Unforgiven V" and the Hot Rod Circuit cover "Versatility", will be on the Mayflower split that we're putting out together with Black Numbers in April. Besides the split the band is now planning the release of a 10-song album this spring. We promise to keep you updated on that one as well. Make sure to check the recently updated show-schedule on the band's official website. The band might be playing at a venue near you. Keep coming back here for further updates.
Highly Recommended: So Adult - "Rookie" Posted: March 1st, 2011
I just wanna drop a quick line about this great cassette I got in the mail a few weeks back. The band is called So Adult and the cassette is called "Rookie". Those who review it drop names like The Replacements, Superchunk and Archers of Loaf. The first run (yellow shells) is out of print but you can order the second turn (blue shells) from the band's online shop. This is awesome. Check out this video and pick up a copy of "Rookie"!
The Bouncing Souls / Hot Water Music - Sold out! Posted: February 26th, 2011
The cassettes went up for sale yesterday and were sold out in about an hour. 100 copies were made and they're either gone or spoken for. Congratulations to those who were fast enough to grab one. I hope you'll enjoy it! Thanks to Zak Kaplan at Chunksaah for taking care of sales for me.
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I absolutely love NJ's Banquets and have been talking to Dave Frenson (guitar) about doing a Banquets cassette for quite a while. Now that it's finally coming together we're both really excited and we're doing it together as a Shouting Street / Black Numbers co-release. I have been spinning the band's brilliant 7" "This is Our Concern, Dude" pretty much every day since it came out and with the extremely high quality of pop-punk songwriting that these guys possess, I'm 100% confident that this tape is gonna come out fantastic. Featuring ex-members of Let Me Run, The Stand In, and The Banner, this is one of my favorite bands right now and I'm so proud be working with them. If Banquets are news to you, you really should stop by their site and give 'em a listen.
I asked Dave what band to bring aboard for the B-side and we pretty much decided right away that it was gonna be Oswego, NY's Mayflower. These guys released their debut LP, the splendid "Second Best Sunsets" on Kiss Of Death Records in june last year and I strongly recommend you all to give it a listen here. I'm really happy with our decision to ask these guys to join in.
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The Bouncing Souls / Hot Water Music Posted: February 5th, 2011
In December 2010, The Bouncing Souls and Hot Water Music embarked on a tour of Australia and New Zealand, that was routed in a hotel room in Vancouver in 2003. To celebrate the tour (affectionately dubbed the “Bud Bath Down Under”), The Bouncing Souls and Hot Water Music put together a special split 7" to bring with them. The Bouncing Souls cover Hot Water Music’s “Wayfarer” and HWM take on the Souls’ “True Believers”. On february 28th, Shouting Street are releasing the cassette version of the split and we're damn proud of it. The cassette will be available with blood red or bone white shell (50 of each) and includes a download card.
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