BNQT – ” Restart “

Posted: March 26, 2017 in MUSIC
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Pronounced “banquet,” this supertroupe of indie-rock singer-writer-players was a feast of spaced-country textures and shameless melodic throwback – to the late-Sixties Beach Boys and the bucolic early-Seventies Pink Floyd appearance, a compact unveiling of this debut album that was BNQT’s first live gig anywhere. The vocal and composing front line on Volume 1 comes from day jobs in the Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell, Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle and Midlake’s Eric Pulido – and abroad: Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos and Travis’ Fran Healy, both from Glasgow, Scotland. But the cumulative effect, wrangled onto record by Pulido over three years, is a surprisingly natural, indivisible rapture of fuzz-riff buoyance (“Restart”), rural-saloon daydreaming (“Unlikely Force”) and British-pop classicism. The keyboard walk into “Mind of a Man” and the song’s midpoint vocal sunrise evoke the gleaming reach of the Zombies’ Odessey and Oracle. And “L.A. on My Mind” was a chugging joy of arena-friendly R.E.M. ringed in Crosby, Stills and Nash harmonies.

BNQT is the new indie super-group conceived and led by Eric Pulido of Midlake and featuring Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Fran Healy of Travis, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy with backing from other Midlake members McKenzie Smith (drums), Joey McClellan (guitar) and Jesse Chandler (keys).

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“Restart” is taken from the upcoming album “Volume 1.” by BNQT due for release 28th April 2017 via Bella Union & Dualtone

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