With his second album 'Devour' receiving plenty of praise, Already Heard catches with Dave Hause discuss touring, signing to Rise Records, the new album and his picks of 2013
Hailing from “Music City”, Nashville, Better Off have produced a stirring collection of songs
with their debut record '(I Think) I'm Leaving'. With a sound that blends pop sensibilities with emo-rock tone and been likened to Brand New, Balance & Composure and Jimmy Eat World. Already Heard recently grabbed a quick word with Luke Granered to discuss the bands
sound, the Nashville scene, future plans and more.
As part of our "Tour Tales" feature, the female-fronted rockers documented their time on the road as their geared up towards the release of 'Beauty&Grace'.
Check out our stream of Jacksonville, Florida pop punk band We Still Dream's take on
The Get Up Kids' 'Valentine'.
With Queens of the Stone Age in the middle of a UK arena tour, we’ve decided to highlight
five of the bands best tracks for this edition of "Fives".
We've got the new EP from Yorkshire riff merchants NOSE right here! Take a listen to 'Sick
Continuing our Reuben theme from last week’s Fives and in celebration of frontman Jamie Lenman’s new double solo album, we take a look at two of the albums for "Versus". Its
‘Racecar Is Racecar Backwards' against 'In Nothing We Trust'.
This past Monday A Day To Remember played an inshore acoustic show at Banquet Records.
A video of the full set can be viewed by clicking read more.
As part of their recent UK tour together The Menzingers and Tigers Jaw both played an instore sessions at Banquet Records in Kingston.
Videos of both bands sets along with The Menzingers' live set from The Fighting Cocks can be viewed by clicking read more.
Enter Shikari have announced their debut album, 'Take To The Skies' is set to be reissued as a limited edition 2x coloured vinyl LP set.
Pre-orders are launched tomorrow (Friday 19th July) through the bands official website, and will be released on 5th August. All vinyl copies also include a CD version of the album.
In addition pre-orders from Banquet Records will receive an autographed 12”x12” art print of the album sleeve.
The Story So Far are currently touring the UK and earlier this week they played The Peel in Kingston. On the same day the Walnut Creek band stopped by Banquet Records for an acoustic instore performance.
The store have now posted the bands full live set from The Peel as well as the bands instore performance.
Both videos can be viewed by clicking read more.
Quite astonishingly, after a 10-year+ career and several visits to our shores, tonight marks the first ever time Minus The Bear play a show in Kingston-Upon-Thames, making a pit-stop at Banquet Records’ indie clubnight New Slang on their UK tour celebrating the recent release of their fifth full-length, 'Infinity Overhead.'
Before their headline slot, London-based Axes warm us up with their obfuscating and complex brand of math rock. Just like MTB, Axes are a recent signing to the prestigious Big Scary Monsters label, and their sound fits somewhere between labelmates, the widescreen vision of Talons meeting the stop-start dynamics and fretboard dexterousness of Adebisi Shank. Axes boast a mighty USP setting them apart from their peers, in the phenomenal talents of bassist Stacey. Her four-string thrumming, in the style of Rush’s Geddy Lee, forms a strong rhythmic foundation for the two guitarists’ technical talent to stand upon, and the vocal-less outfit keep attention rapt for the entirety of their set, as they showcase tracks from their recent self-titled full-length. (4/5)
Due to popular demand, The Wonder Years have announced a second instore performance at Kingston’s Banquet Records on 22nd May.
The first performance at 5:30pm is sold out with the second show taking place at 7:00pm.
Full details can be found here.
The Wonder Years have announced an instore show at Kingston’s Banquet Records on 22nd May.
Tickets are currently only available to fans who pre-ordered the new album from Banquet before today (11 April). Tickets then go on general release on Friday morning at 11am.
Full details can be found here.
In addition Banquet Records are releasing a limited edition pressing of the bands upcoming album, 'The Greatest Generation.' The orange pressing is limited to 300 and is available exclusively through Banquet Records.
Scholars have been on the fringes for a few years now and their eagerly anticipated debut album, ‘Always Lead, Never Follow’, is a huge step in the right direction. Produced by Larry Hibbitt (he of Hundred Reasons fame) and released by the excellent folk at Banquet Records, this thirteen track album is stacked full of hooks, soaring melodies and big break downs.
‘Bad For Business’ isn’t the strongest of opening tracks, aside from a pretty solid chorus riff, but from there the album really kicks on. ‘Rage Concern’ is a punchy and forceful two minutes and its un-mistakenly British vocals are great to hear. ‘Ties’ is equally as impressive with its pounding beat and slightly angular break downs.
Whilst it’s easy to hear the Hundred Reasons influences in the early few tracks – from ‘Damage’ onwards you also get a heavy Billy Talent vibe. It’s the fast pace, the quick lyrics and the yelped backing vocals. It’s a huge track though and probably the standout moment on the album. This continues with tracks such as ‘More Medicine’ and ‘Black And Blue’. They aren’t quite as catchy as the Canadian band can be, however the lead vocals are certainly more palatable for extended periods.
Hemel Hempstead rockers Scholars release their long awaited debut album, 'Always Lead, Never Follow' today via Banquet Records.
Since their formation, the five piece have supported the likes of Twin Atlantic, Pure Love, Hell Is For Heroes and Hundred Reasons. Now after six years together, the bands debut takes their post-hardcore influences (At The Drive-In and Refused) mix it a hint of skate punk and ends up delivering an energetic, sharp and riff-heavy record that borders on the math-rock spectrum. In other words, expect to hear a lot more about Scholars in the coming months.
Bassist Chirs Ayleet recently took some time out to answer our "If I…" questionnaire. Chris tells us why he’d like to play in the early years of Warped Tour, which Tears for Fears song he wish he’d written, as well as some vital van-related advice for aspiring bands and more.
If your band would like to be featured as part of “If I…” full details can be found here.
If I could re-record one song it would be…
Chris: Yatta by The Green Leaves. YouTube it!
If I could re-live one tour/show it would be…
Chris: One of ours? I prefer to think that the best is yet to come….otherwise, I’d have loved to have experienced the Warped Tours of 10-15 years ago when you basically had every single amazing punk and ska band of the time on the bill. It’s probably because it was the first musical scene I got into but I remember it being incredible.
If I had the chance to play one venue it would be…
Chris: Probably the Astoria (RIP) in London. I went to my first gigs there.
Scholars have launched a stream of their new album, 'Always Lead, Never Follow' ahead of its release next week (8th April) through Banquet Records.
Click read more to stream 'Always Lead, Never Follow.'
Bring Me The Horizon have announced several UK instore signings taking place next week in support of new album 'Sempiternal.'
Monday 1st signing at Banquet Records, Kingston-Upon-Thames from 10.30am to 12.30
Tuesday 2nd signing at Crash Records, Leeds from 12.00pm to 2.00pm
Wednesday 3rd signing at Record Collector, Sheffield from 11.00am to 1.00pm
Thursday 4th signing at Spillers Records, Cardiff from 12.00pm to 2.00pm
In additional news the band’s show at The Cockpit in Leeds will be streaming live online next Tuesday. Visit SempiternalLive.com for more information.
Highly rated, up and coming US pop punk band Real Friends have announced their new 'Everyone That Dragged You Here' 12” is set to release an exclusive UK release through Banquet Records.
The LP will be pressed on opaque grey vinyl and will be limited 300 copies.
Pre-orders can be made through Banquet Records.
2. Anchor Down
3. Keep It Together
4. Everything I Never Want To Be
5. Home For Fall
6. Floorboards (Acoustic)
7. Anchor Down (Acoustic)
8. Keep It Together (Acoustic)
9. Everything I Never Want To Be (Acoustic)
10. Home For Fall (Acoustic)
11. I’ve Never Been Home
Due to illness, All Time Low's instore show at Kingston's Banquet Records was postponed earlier this month.
However the show has now been rescheduled for May 31st.
Full details can be found on Banquet Records’ website.
Following the news that high street home entertainment chain HMV going into administration, customers who have HMV gift cards were informed they could no longer use their cards in store.
However Banquet Records are offering HMV gift card holders 50% off for limited time only.
The Kingston-based independent store made the following statement:
"We’re very aware and sad that people are looking at losing their jobs, and we’re concerned about the effect HMV’s possible closure may have on physcial releases in general." They’ve written on their website, "However, one gripe many have is the current situation where gift cards are now no longer valid at HMVs. Whatever happened, its certainly no fault of the person who got someone a Christmas gift, and its unfair on someone to not be able to use their credit.
We wanted to find a way to make these gift tokens valid at our store. But the system using an oyster-esque card, means we’ve got no way of knowing how much credit is on them. So this is the best idea we could come up with. We’ll offer anyone with an HMV gift card 50% off in our store up to and including Sunday 20th January.”
Further details can be found here.
In additional news, Manchester based company Banter Media are offering studio time in exchange for unusable HMV vouchers. For example those with a £40 voucher can use it to buy £40 worth of any studio service with Banter Media.