Some of the biggest bands in the country and from further afield play stripped back in our shop! Add yourself to the Banquet Shows Group on Facebook and keep an eye on @BanquetRecords on Twitter/Instagram and the fan page on Facebook for more news.
Dreadzone Tuesday 21st February at Banquet Records, 6:00pm All tickets for collection at the shop on the evening of the in-store, please bring your order number with you. Albums will be posted, release date is 17th February. Following the release of their eighth studio album, Greg Dread, MC Spee and Earl 16 from dub/electronic/folk fusion legends Dreadzone come to Kingston! Well into their third decade of throwing parties, it's their first time doing so at ours. Their old skool dread sound comes bubbling to the surface on the album and it digs deeper into their dub and reggae influences whilst still managing to keep the beats fresh and the textures electronic. Conscious lyrics, social ills, matters of the heart and mind merge with 21st century dubwise flavour. In-store Grade B. Priority will be given to anyone who orders a copy of Dread Times from us! CD | LP
Vant Thursday 23rd February at Banquet Records, Under 18s, 6:00pm All tickets for collection at the shop on the evening of the in-store, please bring your order number with you. Albums will be posted, release date is 17th February. Following the release of their highly anticipated debut album, alt-rockers Vant come to Kingston to perform a special under 18s set in the shop ahead of their show at New Slang. Alt-rock with fiery and visceral punk vibes, with some huge infectious songs, the band know how to take a step in a different direction to add more hard-hitting and grungy vibes reminiscent of Nirvana. This is a band to watch, especially if you're into Fidlar, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Circa Waves, and Nirvana. ‘Dumb Blood’ is music that incites moshpit bedlam and their lyrics demand discussion – on environmentalism, inequality, racism, religion, social media isolation and the all-out self-destruction of mankind. In-store grade A. Priority will be given to anyone who orders a copy of Dumb Blood from us! CD | LP
S*M*A*S*H Sunday 26th February at Banquet Records, 5:00pm Tickets and albums for collection at the shop on the evening of the in-store. Please bring your order number with you. S*M*A*S*H come to Kingston! Having been politically active in the 90's, there's a realisation there is still much to be said in 2017. With a sound that recalls the late 70's and early 90's post punk / new wave style, the band released their third album Goodbye W.G.C. back in December, and it's coming to shops in February. 30 years is a long time to be in a band. Especially when the glue that holds it together is a friendship that has survived any number of beginnings, endings, deaths and resurrections. A flicker of fame and a twenty year comedown. There are few things tougher than small town bonds forged in the crucible of solvent abuse and punk rock, but can the gang last forever? Do old friendships stand in the way of striking out and finding something new? What else is there? S*M*A*S*H's new album Goodbye W.G.C. finds the band at a crossroads. In-store grade C. Priority will be given to anyone who orders a copy of Goodbye W.G.C. from us. CD | LP New In
Cherry Glazerr Monday 27th February at Banquet Records, 6:00pm Tickets for collection at the shop on the evening of the in-store. Please bring your order number with you. Albums will be posted. Just before their sold out London show, LA indie-rock trio Cherry Glazerr make their Kingston debut in the shop. They just put out their second album Apocalipstick last month, it's critically acclaimed, guitar-heavy and unapologetically loud indie-rock and we're excited to have them in the shop. For fans of The Breeders, Thee Oh Sees, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Bleached. Society would deem that a prodigious girl can't be in a progressive rock band while also being in complete control of its creative vision, business plan and social messaging. Society is wrong. Clem, a 19 year old teen dreamed up Cherry Glazerr in her LA bedroom alone and is perhaps more capable of figuring a music career out than anyone who attempts this treacherous life path. And yet, she carries herself very lightly. “This one's going to be a flop!” she jokes, here to discuss the newly lined-up trio's second album, Apocalipstick. It's every bit as epic, funny, life-assuring, doom-defiant and flaming fire as that title sounds. What's more, it's the soundtrack to their collective rockstar evolution. In-store grade A. Priority will be given to anyone who orders a copy of Apocalipstick from us. LP + Ticket includes the indies-exclusive clear with pink splatter LP. CD | LP
Blood Youth Tuesday 11th April at Banquet Records, 6:00pm Tickets for collection at the shop on the evening of the in-store. Please bring your order number with you. Albums will be posted. Just a few days after their debut album is released, Blood Youth make a return visit to perform in the shop. We're fans of Blood Youth, they've been touring and performing at festivals extensively the last year while also writing some punk anthems. They play a ferocious mix of melodic hardcore, full of heavy breakdowns and aggressive vocals with vulnerable and honest lyrics. If you're into the likes of Beartooth, Close Your Eyes, A Day To Remember or While She Sleeps, then you'll get into this. ‘Beyond Repair’ is an unrelenting assault of punch-to-the-gut riffing and Kaya Tarsus’ impassioned vocals that both tear and soar. Brutally heavy yet deftly accessible, the material of Closure showcases its creators’ state of mind, striking a compelling balance between fury and vulnerability. In-store grade B. Priority will be given to anyone who orders a copy of Beyond Repair from us. CD | LP New In