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Video: Banner Pilot – Dead Tracks

Banner PilotBanner Pilot has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Dead Tracks” from their 2014 full length, Souvenier, out now via Fat Wreck Chords.

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Banner Pilot – Effigy

Banner PilotBanner Pilot is streaming a brand new song.  The track is titled “Effigy” and can be heard here.  Bassist Nate Gangelhoff told AltPress of the evolution of the track:

“When we were originally working on this song, it seemed pretty weird and I wasn’t sure if it was going to come together… But the end result is, in my humble opinion, pretty damn rocking (in the best sense of the word). If there’s one song on the album that calls for defiant fist pumps, this is it. I encourage everyone to remove the roof on their car (whether or not it’s a convertible) this summer and sing along.”

The full album, Souvenier, drops today via Fat Wreck Chords.

Video: Banner Pilot – ‘Modern Shakes’

Banner PilotMinneapolis punks Banner Pilot have premiered the video for Modern Shakes, the lead single from their upcoming full length, Souvenirs. It features vintage footage of Minneapolis’ Gateway District from the 1950’s and vocalist Nick Johnson said this about the video:

“The footage was shot in the ’50s and ’60s by John Bacich, who owned several bars in what was called the Gateway District, old Minneapolis’ skid row…Before urban renewal it was home to a ton of seedy bars, pawn shops, flophouses and the interesting characters you see captured in his home movies. He passed away a few years ago and part of his legacy are these amazing images he preserved.”

Souvenir is out on April 15th via Fat Wreck Chords and you can check out the video for Modern Shakes, here.

Banner Pilot – Modern Snakes

Banner PilotBanner Pilot has premiered a brand new song.  The track is titled “Modern Snakes” and will appear on their upcoming full length, Souvenir, due out April 11, 2014 via Fat Wreck Chords.

Listen to the song below.

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Banner Pilot Hitting The Studio In October

BannerPilotMinneapolis, Minnesota’s Banner Pilot has announced that the band is ready to step into the studio in October.  Producer Jacques Wait (Prince, Off With Their Heads, Soul Asylum) will join the band at The Terrarium.  The band released this joint statement:

“In early October, we will be heading into the studio to record our 4th full length record. We couldn’t be more excited to work with Jacques Wait, at The Terrarium in Minneapolis, just as we did on Collapser and Heart Beats Pacific. (OK, technically, yes, we could be “more excited”—- if the studio had a trampoline or something, we would probably be slightly more excited, but suffice to say we are VERYexcited as-is).

We have 12 new songs and I think/hope we’ve struck the right balance between the extremes of “Do exactly what you did on your other albums” and “Completely re-invent yourselves”. I think the new songs are a little different. but in a good, natural way. One example is that on previous records, the rhythm guitars were doing power chords probably 95% of the time. This time around, it’s more like 70%. But it’s not like the other 30% is ska, or polka, or whatever—the changes should be noticable, but not jarring. Hopefully, the average listener will think, “You know, this sounds a little different, but I can still tell it’s Banner Pilot”, as opposed to, “Oh my god, what are these idiots trying to do?” We’ll see, but I think people will dig it.

Once the album comes out, we’re hoping to hit up some of our favorite spots in the US, maybe get back to Europe, maybe get over to somewhere new like Japan. We all can’t wait to get some new music out there, and then go and play it for all of you (or at least those of you who happen to be within a reasonable proximity to the geographic areas we perform said music in).”

The band last released Heart Beats Pacific back in 2011 on Fat Wreck Chords.

Tours: Banner Pilot

BannerPilotBanner Pilot has announced a handful of new tour dates this summer.  The band continues to support their most recent album, Heart Beats Pacific, released in 2011 via Fat Wreck Chords.

Listings can be found below.

 

 

 

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Banner Pilot - Resignation Day

Banner Pilot

Resignation Day

Go-Kart Records
By

Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

The other day I was riding the bus home from school and it suddenly dawned on me: the year is actually almost over. There was only three more months left in the year; while that’s still a fair amount of time, it would be safe to say the main portion of the year had come and gone. So I decided to see if I could pick out 10 CDs that would make my top ten list if I had to pick one right away. I instantly picked out a few EPs but had a hard time finding ten full lengths to make the list. A few CDs immediately jumped to mind but I was nowhere near to a full ten. The next day I heard Banner Pilot‘s Resignation Day and while I can’t confirm it for sure, chances are they’ve just taken one of those allotted ten spots.

For you see, Banner Pilot‘s deliciously distorted blend of punk is the perfect blend of punk for me. No, its not breaking boundaries or changing lives and yes, some songs do sound somewhat similar to one another; but that doesn’t matter. What does matter is that Resignation Day plays through the way an album should play through – with rough, raw, and scratchy pop-punk songs and not a minute’s rest.

The band’s sounds fits nicely in the punk rock underground, amidst former legends, current legends and soon to be legends. By that I mean Jawbreaker, Dillinger Four and Lawrence Arms – yes, that’s the tastiest buffet of rough-edged pop-punk I’ve ever soon too. The songs are laced with worn out vocals, destroyed by years of alcohol and cigarettes just like Blake Schwarzenbach and Brendan Kelly. They reek with passion and sincerity and pull at you throughout the sometimes muffled delivery. Musically, they take the speed of Asian Man era Larry Arms and slam it with the distinctive sound of everyone’s cult favoritesDillinger Four. Hell, they even throw in a little sound byte over a simple riff in the middle of Wired Wrong (a song which stands out every time alongside Absentee) which sounds like the sound clip ofTour Song or anything from Midwestern Songs of The Americas.

Lyrically, Banner Pilot hit it right on too. The lyrics are personal and sincere, direct enough to be easily understood but abnormally vague at the same time to allow them to be interpreted in various ways. They tell a story in a roundabout way and are seeping in passion, hopefulness, self-deprecation and depression. All of these are what I think of when I think of Blake Schwarzenbach and his lyrics are incomparable.Banner Pilot, however, comes damn close. See Saltash Luck, Absentee, or Baltimore Knot to see what I mean.

Listen to the bass-heavy Absentee. Get pulled in during the chorus of the mid-tempo Wired Wrong. Hear the three chord intro to No Transfer or the back and forth chorus of Shell Game and you’ll be sold. The songs are rough and gruff but still tinged with an unmistakable sense of harmony and melody. So yeah, when it comes to the end of the year, I’m sure I’ll have one less spot to fill on my top ten list.

Banner Pilot - Collapser

Banner Pilot

Collapser

Fat Wreck Chords
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

From their odd signing to Go Kart for last year’s debut LP Resignation Day, followed by the relatively quick jump to Fat and the subsequent release of Collasper, Banner Pilot’s rise can seem pretty meteoric, at least in punk circles. Sure, they’ve got a hell of a pedigree to draw from (featuring both ex- and current dudes from Rivethead, Off With Their Heads and more) and have undoubtedly carved out a sound that’s both immediately recognizable and wonderfully familiar. But they’ve also got some boots to fill – people were frothing at the mouth as soon as Resignation Day came out and you could hear the worried rasp of the punks wringing their hands soon after the Fat signing had been announced: would they water down and overproduce something that was obviously working just fine?

Thankfully, we can all rest easy, as that’s obviously not the case: Collapser’s definitely a solid record.

Opening “Central Standard” shows the band utilizing all the same elements that made Resignation Day work so well: vocalist Nock Johnson’s half-snotty rasp and Corey Ayd’s muted background vocals layered over some terrifically straight-forward guitar work that stays firmly entrenched in pop-punk without ever bending towards the genre’s saccharine or corny tendencies. Johnsons’ lyrics – which have absolutely floored me since I heard Rivethead’s Sound City Number Five 7” – are as wonderfully dense as ever, rife with both metaphor and an incredibly transferable sense of melancholy. I don’t know if it’s a product of all those Midwest winters or what, but if I could write lyrics like the man, I would.

There are a few minute differences between this record and the last and they generally work in the band’s favor. The biggest change – though honestly, it’s a pretty minor one – is that they seem more comfortable with the idea of a refrain, frequently repeating one particular line of the song and letting the music breathe and expand a bit. It’s a small thing, sure, but does show a bit of maturity in a record that otherwise could easily be considered  Resignation Day Redux. And that’s the one complaint that will most likely creep up after repeated listens to Collapser, though for many folks it won’t be a complaint at all: there’s the fear that they’re a band that, as my friend Jeff says, may never get past the Bad Religion Syndrome. Said syndrome pretty much afflicts bands that seem unable or unwilling to not write the same song over and over again. What Banner Pilot does, they do pretty flawlessly: it’s punk rock with stitches visible in the seams, punk that’s laced with both regret and joy in the simple things, punk with simply great guitar lines and greater lyrics. But if you’re looking for a band that’s into, say, exploring different sonic textures or challenging themselves musically with difficult ideas – labelmates Lawrence Arms (whom Banner Pilot have received more than a few comparisons to) seem to do this pretty consistently, but with these guys, you hear one song and it’s really not gonna be that much different from the other eleven. This can either be a comfort or a drag, depending on your expectations.

Personally, the minor upstep in production helps rather than hinders. There’s a fuller sound (the drums came across as a bit flat on Resignation Day) that still never comes close to being slick, the band’s still catchy as hell and while the album certainly doesn’t contain any surprises, it does contain twelve tracks that continue to add credibility to the idea that pop punk can be ferocious, anthemic and smart. They haven’t reinvented the wheel or even added anything particularly new to their own catalog, but they have crafted a damn consistent album. Absolutely worthwhile.

Tours: Banner Pilot

Banner Pilot has announced a handful of new tour dates to end off 2011 as well as their first of the new year.  The band continues to support their most recent album, Heart Beats Pacific, released last month via Fat Wreck Chords.

Listings can be found below.

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Banner Pilot re-releases "Pass The Poison" Tapes on Hosehead Records

Fat Wreck Chord’s Banner Pilot has re-released their debut EP Pass The Poison on Hosehead Records with a one-time pressing of 100, hand numbered and assembled, limited edition cassette tapes.

Pass The Poison is very raw and fast compared to Banner Pilot’s more recent releases. The debut EP was half recorded at a studio and half at Nick’s house. The guitar tracks were recorded using PODs, not amps, according to BannerPilot.net.

All of Hosehead Records‘ releases are on small run cassettes. The label will usually do around 100 copies, just enough to recoup the costs and fund the next release, according to Patrick at Hosehead. “Banner Pilot are such a rad band that I’d have put out any of their records,” he said.

Last week Banner Pilot released their third LP “Heart Beats Pacific”, which has been getting many positive reviews, and comparisons to the sounds of Jaw Breaker, Dillinger Four, Alkaline Trio and Off With Their Heads.

Those interested in buying this re-release can pick one up here.

Banner Pilot re-releases “Pass The Poison” Tapes on Hosehead Records

Fat Wreck Chord’s Banner Pilot has re-released their debut EP Pass The Poison on Hosehead Records with a one-time pressing of 100, hand numbered and assembled, limited edition cassette tapes.

Pass The Poison is very raw and fast compared to Banner Pilot’s more recent releases. The debut EP was half recorded at a studio and half at Nick’s house. The guitar tracks were recorded using PODs, not amps, according to BannerPilot.net.

All of Hosehead Records‘ releases are on small run cassettes. The label will usually do around 100 copies, just enough to recoup the costs and fund the next release, according to Patrick at Hosehead. “Banner Pilot are such a rad band that I’d have put out any of their records,” he said.

Last week Banner Pilot released their third LP “Heart Beats Pacific”, which has been getting many positive reviews, and comparisons to the sounds of Jaw Breaker, Dillinger Four, Alkaline Trio and Off With Their Heads.

Those interested in buying this re-release can pick one up here.

Banner Pilot Streaming New Full Length In Entirity

Banner Pilot has debuted their entire new album exclusively on Punknews.org.  The album is titled Heart Beats Pacific and is due out October 25, 2011 via Fat Wreck Chords.  The album follow’s 2009’s Collapser.

Give the full album a listen here.

Banner Pilot – Alchemy

Banner Pilot has debuted a brand new song exclusively on Alternative Press.  The song is titled “Alchemy” and is set to appear on the band’s upcoming new album, Heart Beats Pacific, due out October 25, 2011 via Fat Wreck Chords.  The album follow’s 2009’s Collapser.

Give the track a listen here.

Nate Gangelhoff (Banner Pilot) Releases Book "Hit the Ground Stumbling"

Banner Pilot bassist, Nate Gangelhoff, has written a book titled Hit the Ground Stumbling. Nate describes the book in his own words:

It’s primarily about a kid I went to high school with who progressed from being a sullen kid in a religious family to having homemade satanic tattoos over the course of approximately fifteen months. The book looks at this transformation, and at both of our uneasy stumbles into adulthood.

More information about the book can be found here.

   

Nate Gangelhoff (Banner Pilot) Releases Book “Hit the Ground Stumbling”

Banner Pilot bassist, Nate Gangelhoff, has written a book titled Hit the Ground Stumbling. Nate describes the book in his own words:

It’s primarily about a kid I went to high school with who progressed from being a sullen kid in a religious family to having homemade satanic tattoos over the course of approximately fifteen months. The book looks at this transformation, and at both of our uneasy stumbles into adulthood.

More information about the book can be found here.

   

The Pyongyang Metro (ex. Banner Pilot) – Tower of White Tigers

Banner Pilot are one of everyone’s favorite gruff Minneapolis punk bands around these days. However, before joining Banner Pilot, guitarist Nate Gangelhoff was pulling duties in another band called The Pyongyang Metro. During their short time together, they released one album: a thirteen track CD called Tower of White Tigers originally released on Arsenic Records in 2007. Only 100 CDs were made, so its pretty rare. Luckily, they’ve put the whole thing online for free download.

The Pyongyang Metro – Tower of White Tigers

The Pyongyang Metro - Tower of White Tigers

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Tours: Dopamines To Hit The Road With Banner Pilot

DopaminesCincinnati’s pop-punks The Dopamines will be  embarking on a tour in support their latest full length and Paper + Plastick debut, Expect the Worst.  They will be hitting the road alongside Banner Pilot, with each band working towards their shared destination, Gainsville, Fl’s THE FEST 9.  Expect The Worst is still streaming over on the band’s Punknews profile.

A full tour schedule can be found below.

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Banner Pilot – Overwinter (Remaster)

Banner Pilot has posted a free track from their upcoming reissue of 2008’s Resignation Day.  The track is “Overwinter” and comes with a shiny new coat of production polish in the form of new mixing.

Go ahead, see if you can tell the difference, stream the track here.

   

Banner Pilot Re-Mixes & Re-Releases Resignation Day

Fat Wreck Chords will be re-releasing Banner Pilot‘s Resignation Day on September, 14th. Jacques Wait (Soviettes, Off With Their Heads, Dear Landlord) remixed and remastered the12 original tracks and added two bonus songs that are out of print. Originally released on Go Kart records you can score Resignation Day digitally through them on Sept 14th and Fat will handle the CD and vinyl.

This is what Nate from Banner Pilot had to say about the re-release:

When we originally recorded Resignation Day back in 2007, issues came up during the recording that left us with little time for mixing. As a result, the record didn’t sound too hot. This was kind of a drag ‘cuz we didn’t feel like we did the songs justice. But! Sometimes you get a second chance; sometimes you can take something that was subpar and make it right, like when that Jason Mraz guy covered Blitzkrieg Bop. In our case, we were able to get Jacques Wait (who we worked with on our last album Collapser) to take a look at the original tracks and take a stab at remixing them. What he came up with was awesome, sounding like a new album. Usually something billed as a ‘remix’ will cause you to say “Uh, I guess the guitars are…. warmer now?” or “Oh, that’s cool that the ride cymbal has more zing in that one part now. Glad I bought this again”, but in this case we’re talking about a dramatic difference. Plus we added two more songs that are out of print, re-did the layout, and even changed around the sequencing. It’s like a whole new experience, maaan.

So if you checked out the album the first time around and didn’t dig it, give it another chance. We think you’ll like it. It’s like that one fairy tale where the first bowl of porridge kind of sucks but the second one is perfect.

Banner Pilot Re-Mixes & Re-Releases Resignation Day

Fat Wreck Chords will be re-releasing Banner Pilot‘s Resignation Day on September, 14th. Jacques Wait (Soviettes, Off With Their Heads, Dear Landlord) remixed and remastered the12 original tracks and added two bonus songs that are out of print. Originally released on Go Kart records you can score Resignation Day digitally through them on Sept 14th and Fat will handle the CD and vinyl.

This is what Nate from Banner Pilot had to say about the re-release:

When we originally recorded Resignation Day back in 2007, issues came up during the recording that left us with little time for mixing. As a result, the record didn’t sound too hot. This was kind of a drag ‘cuz we didn’t feel like we did the songs justice. But! Sometimes you get a second chance; sometimes you can take something that was subpar and make it right, like when that Jason Mraz guy covered Blitzkrieg Bop. In our case, we were able to get Jacques Wait (who we worked with on our last album Collapser) to take a look at the original tracks and take a stab at remixing them. What he came up with was awesome, sounding like a new album. Usually something billed as a ‘remix’ will cause you to say “Uh, I guess the guitars are…. warmer now?” or “Oh, that’s cool that the ride cymbal has more zing in that one part now. Glad I bought this again”, but in this case we’re talking about a dramatic difference. Plus we added two more songs that are out of print, re-did the layout, and even changed around the sequencing. It’s like a whole new experience, maaan.

So if you checked out the album the first time around and didn’t dig it, give it another chance. We think you’ll like it. It’s like that one fairy tale where the first bowl of porridge kind of sucks but the second one is perfect.

Tours: Teenage Bottlerocket

Fat Wreck Chords pop punkers Teenage Bottle Rocket will be playing a string of shows starting in late June with the Skatopia Festival and Insubordination Fest.  The July dates also include performances by labelmate Banner Pilot.  Teenage Bottle Rocket and Banner Pilot both released their Fat Wreck Chords debuts in 2009.

Check out tour dates below.

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Spinner Interviews Banner Pilot

Spinner recently sat down with Minnesota’s Banner Pilot at SXSW.  Topics range from the band’s name to guilty pleasures  Banner Pilot released Collapser on Fat Wreck Chords in 2009.

Check out the interview here.


   

Banner Pilot – Pass the Poison

Before Banner Pilot released their critically acclaimed 2008 full length, they put themselves on the map with their 2006 EP, Pass the Poison. Now it’s available for free download over on ifyoumakeit.com. This is a real steal, kudos to the band for putting this gem up for free.

Banner PilotPass the Poison

Download the Album from ifyoumakeit.com