1 FROMEXILE.png The Menzingers From Exile Banquet exclusive LP is on 'gold/black' coloured vinyl, /300. We absolutely love The Menzingers and their 2019 record 'Hello Exile' was a cross-shop favourite. From Exile sees the band re-imagining, re-writing and re-recording that album in isolation across the early months of the Covid outbreak. We're super excited to hear this thing in full. “As the weeks progressed the upcoming tours got rescheduled, then rescheduled again, then effectively cancelled. There were times when it all felt fatal. There’s no guide book on how to navigate being a working musician during a global pandemic, so we were left to make it up as we went along. We wanted to document and create in the moment, and though we couldn’t be in the same room together due to social distancing lockdowns, we got creative.” Greg continues: “We would track the songs from our own home studios, share the files via Dropbox, and pray it all made sense when pieced back together. Initially, we planned for the album to be similar to our acoustic demo collection On The Possible Past, but we quickly found out that this batch of songs benefited from more detailed arrangements “We rewrote, and changed keys and melodies. We blended analog and digital instruments in ways we never had before. We dug through old lyric notebooks and added additional verses. We got our dear friend Kayleigh Goldsworthy to play violin on two songs. No idea was off limits. Hell, I even convinced the band to let me play harmonica on a song – no small feat! The recording process ran from mid-March till June, and upon completion we sent it over to our dear friend and close collaborator Will Yip to mix and master.” Epitaph LP Pre-Order
3 FDC251120XTRA.png FONTAINES D.C. Wednesday 25th November at Pryzm, 4:00pm PLEASE NOTE: date is subject to change pending government / Public Health England guidance around the coronavirus outbreak. If this event is postponed, we will let you know - please do not contact us until a rescheduled date is announced. Once announced, if you cannot make the rescheduled date refunds will be available. --- Due to phenomenal demand, we've added an extra show to take place earlier on, on the same day. Following on from the release of their new album titled A Hero's Death, the awesome FONTAINES D.C. visit Kingston to play at Pryzm. Barely a year after the release of their hugely acclaimed debut album 'Dogrel', which earned a Mercury Prize nomination and Album of the Year 2019 at both BBC 6Music and Rough Trade record store, Dublin’s Fontaines D.C. have returned with an intensely confident, patient, and complex follow up album. 'A Hero's Death' arrives battered and bruised, albeit beautiful - a heady and philosophical take on the modern world, and its great uncertainty. Times TBC but we expect doors at 4:00pm with FONTAINES D.C. on stage at 5:00pm CD/ticket is £15 post-paid, and other formats and combos will be available. Pryzm is all ages for this show - under 14s must be accompanied by a ticket-holding adult (18+). Over 18s should bring PHOTO ID (driving license / passport). Pryzm, 154 Clarence Street, Kingston Upon Thames (KT1 1QP) PLEASE NOTE: If you choose Car Park Collection as your delivery option, your full order will need to be collected using this method, rather than collecting from the venue   CD | LP Pre-Order
5 MI0637CD.png The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship "Dinked edition" is on 'turquoise' coloured vinyl and includes 2 exclusive flexi-discs. Packaged in an alternative screen-printed sleeve. Numbered /500. For avoidance of doubt, the centre is a standard spindle size, and not dinked. The Phoenix Foundation have lived many lives. From high school distortion addicts to indie folk trippers to masters of motorik dream pop. It’s been five years since their last album, Give Up Your Dreams, but that downtime has been well spent. The New Zealand outfit have been writing, recording, touring with a Symphony Orchestra, creating the acclaimed soundtrack for Taika Waititi's Hunt For The Wilderpeople, building shrines to light, creating scores for VR, producing other bands and, that most lockdown-friendly activity, baking sourdough. Slowly, when they could, the six old friends found time to work together in studios, garages, forests, and sheds to put together the concise ten song set of that is Friend Ship. “We took such a long break after Give Up Your Dreams that when we did decide to make a new record we all felt it needed to be in some esoteric sense different,” says co-lead singer Samuel Flynn Scott. “To me that meant returning to something more focused. Honing in on the songs before we went deep into the arrangements and freaky sounds.” And the results reflect this approach too. Whilst Friend Ship, as you would expect, weaves seamlessly between dreamy introspective pop, stretched out grooves and psychedelic rock, it also exists as a collection of masterfully crafted songs. Friend Ship features vocals from Nadia Reid, Tiny Ruins’ Hollie Fullbrook and Anita Clark aka Motte plus sumptuous string arrangements performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Memphis Industries CD | LP Pre-Order
6 BCZOOM210820.png Biffy Clyro Friday 21st August at Zoom Session, 7:00pm PLEASE NOTE: you'll need a Banquet account to access this stream, so please be sure you're registered and signed in before you place your order. This event is open to UK customers only. ----- Celebrating the release of their new album, the inimitable Biffy Clyro link up for a streamed session. This is a limited-numbers event (/300). The new full length album from the every-excellent Scottish rockers is titled A Celebration Of Endings, and offers another dose of their huge, alternative rock-driven tunes with soaring melodies and thrashing instrumentation. Following on from their 2016 studio album ‘Ellipsis’ and the 2019 soundtrack 'Balance, Not Symmetry'. The band’s approach to opus eight was simple. Keep things fresh and maintain the wide-eyed wonder of what they do. Surprise themselves and each other. Push things to their furthest extremes. Their first building block in embracing the new was to turn to an old friend. “This is a very forward-looking album from a personal perspective and a societal perspective,” explains frontman Simon Neil. “The title is about seeing the joy in things changing, rather than the sadness. Change means progression and evolution. You can retain everything you loved before, but let’s lose the bad shit. It’s about trying to take back control.” TIME TBC but we'll aim for 7:00pm (BST) - please check back. Access codes will be sent 20 minutes before the event. (Please check your junk / spam folders if they aren't appearing in your inbox). Please sign in from 6:45pm (and by 6:55pm at the latest). You'll be checked off as you sign in, so please ensure your screen name matches the name on your order. Indies exclusive LP is on 'blue' coloured vinyl.   CD | LP
9 BESTREAM210820.png Bright Eyes Friday 21st August at Streamed Set £3 from every sale off this page will be donated to to Music Venue Trust. --- Celebrating the release of their new, highly anticipated full length album titled Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was, the legendary Bright Eyes link up for a special virtual in-store performance on the day the album is released. As a title, as a thesis, Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was functions on a global, apocalyptic level of anxiety that looms throughout the record. But on a personal level, it speaks to rooting around in the dirt of one’s memories, trying to find the preciousness that’s overgrown and unrecognizable. For Oberst, coming back to Bright Eyes was a bit of that. A symbol of simpler times, vaguely nostalgic. And even though it wasn’t actually possible to go back to the way things were, even though there wasn’t an easy happy ending, there was a new reality left to work with. And here, there is a bleary-eyed hopefulness – earnest, emotive recommitments to love appear on “Dance and Sing” and “Just Once in the World.” And throughout, Down in the Weeds features snippets of Oberst’s loved ones speaking, in late-night conversations. The fleeting loveliness of intimate moments punctuates the bleakness of the record’s existential crisis, crackling like lightning bugs illuminating the long night. Down in the Weeds is a distillation of a prolific, enduring canon. It’s immediate and urgent, the product of its creators’ growth across a decade apart, as well as the need to make a record together to find solace from loss. Through deliberate, fearless experimentation in process, the trio made the truest Bright Eyes sound: the sound of a deep bond, of a band coming home, but also a seamless continuation, like Bright Eyes never went away. It’s the impossible, sprawling mess of human experience that Bright Eyes has always sought to put to tape, since the beginning – the sound of holding on. Why now? Why not? - Time TBC (BST). Access codes will be sent twenty minutes before the event. Please check your junk / spam folders if they aren't appearing in your inbox. If you have any issues, please email mailorder@banquetrecords.com   CD | LP Pre-Order