Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Review: Banquets - Top Button, Bottom Shelf

Listen to the album over at Punknews.

I first heard about Banquets over at Absolute Punk a while back when they released an exclusive track from their debut album.  I was immediately impressed, and ever since that point I have been very interested in hearing the entire album.  Well, this week that wait was over.

I decided that I would listen to Top Button, Bottom Shelf while at work to develop some initial thoughts on the album.  After my first listen, I definitely felt it was catchy and fun, but I still wasn't set on my feeling toward the album.  However, before I knew it, it was the end of the day and I had been listening to the album on repeat the whole time.  At no point was I sick of it.  That's definitely a good thing.

Top Button, Bottom Shelf is packed with energy reminiscent of Rise Against's The Sufferer and the Witness combined with the edgier side of The Gaslight Anthem.  Everything about this album is catchy and anthemic, but don't expect any ballads here.  The opener, "377", playfully pulls the listener in before the onslaught of punk rock throughout the album.  Interestingly, no song really stands out among the rest.  Initially, this might make one think that the songs are relatively similar.  I can say that after a few listens (or listening for 8 hours straight, for example),  I really began to appreciate all the tight melodies and intricacies of each song.  My favorite song off the album is probably "Sometimes a Wolf".  If I owned a car, I would definitely be blasting that with the windows down all summer.

Banquets' Top Button, Bottom Shelf is a definite catchy and energetic album with all the fun one would expect from a solid punk rock album.  Definitely check it out!

You can purchase Top Button, Bottom Shelf on iTunes and Amazon.

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