Banner Pilot - Collapser (2009)
Banner Pilot is the latest addition to the Fat Wreck Chords roster. Many punk rock fans may not have heard their name around the scene, due to their incredibly quick rise to fame.
Despite not touring extensively or having a great deal of promotion surrounding them, the band was signed to Fat Wreck Chords and have gained critical acclaim throughout the punk scene in a relatively short space of time.
However, it is clear to see why they have been picked up so quickly by the label. The signature gritty vocals, courtesy of frontman Nick Johnson, shine throughout this CD. "On the lawn outside Gabe shoots bottle rockets through the night, Lighting up the summer sky" is one of Nicks many stand out lyrics screaming out raw punk attitude.
The influences on the CD are broad. Ranging from old school punk such as The Ramones, to more recent influences including The Alkaline Trio and The Lawrence Arms. Although their influences are very prominent throughout the CD, do not let this put you off as they have most definately adapted their sound into punk perfection.
Production wise, the album has been mixed and mastered to perfection. This type of music is typically best heard live, and Banner Pilot have most definately captured their live energy on 'Collapse'.
Overall this is a very solid release and we are very much looking forward to hearing more from this artist. 8/10
RIYL: Alkaline Trio, Broadway Calls, The Lawrence Arms
Stand out tracks: Greenwood, Skeleton Key