AbsolutePunk.net
   Username
Password
 
Album Review
 
Banquets/Mayflower - Split Album Cover

Banquets/Mayflower - Split

Reviewed by
8.8
Banquets/Mayflower - Split
Release Date: July 5th, 2011
Record Label: Black Numbers
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.
Recommended If You LikePolar Bear Club, The Gaslight Anthem, The Loved Ones, Hot Rod Circuit, Creedence Clearwater Revival meet Red City Radio, Iron Chic
Track list1. Sexy Ghosts
2. Unforgiven V
3. Versatility (Hot Rod Circuit cover)
4. Cork High
5. Archival
6. Travelin' Band

Stream tracks from the album here.
This review is a user submitted review from Matthew Tsai. You can see all of Matthew Tsai's submitted reviews here.
 
Displaying posts 1 - 6 of 6
02:03 PM on 06/19/11
#2
CellarGhosts
Blodtørst
Offline
User Info.
CellarGhosts's Avatar
can't wait for this.
05:20 AM on 06/20/11
#3
leighm13
Regular Member
Offline
User Info.
leighm13's Avatar
Awesome split. Only recently discovered Banquets but absolutely love 'This Is Our Concern, Dude'. Mayflower are great, like Dillinger Four jamming with Ryan from Off With Their Heads. You can download their last album from their bandcamp as a pay-what-you-like.
07:17 AM on 06/20/11
#4
saturday_snow_squall
www.dailyslicemag.com
Offline
User Info.
saturday_snow_squall's Avatar
whats with the shitty user review scores on every single review i see? anywhom, this looks amazing.
03:44 PM on 06/20/11
#5
Alex DiVincenzo
www.alexislegend.com
Offline
User Info.
Alex DiVincenzo's Avatar
Loved the terribly underrated Banquets EP. Definitely have to check this out.
08:34 AM on 08/28/11
#6
Dupont77
Registered User
Offline
User Info.
Dupont77's Avatar
Have you ever listened it?


Mortgage Tampa FL

Florida Mortgage

NEWS, MUSIC & MORE
Search News
Release Dates
Exclusives
Best New Music
Articles
CONNECT
Submit News
Forums
Contests
Mobile Version
AP.net Logos
HIDDEN TREASURES
AbsolutePunk Podcast
Free Music
Sports Forum
Technology Forum
Recommendations
INFORMATION
Advertising
Contact Us
Copyright Policy
Terms of Service
Privacy Policy
FOLLOW
Twitter | Facebook | RSS
AP.net Podcast on iTunes
UnderTheGun
Purevolume
Chorus.fm | @jason_tate