SALEM SALEM SALEM is the new punk-rock side-project from the Creeper frontman Will Gould and Mat Reynolds (Howard’s Alias, Skylar, Drawings). First single ‘Destroy Me’ fires out of the starting blocks in a ferocious rush of punk rock melody and Gould’s distinctive vocals. His words possess the playfully eloquent set-up and punchline lyrical style that’s a big part of classic albums from the likes of Jawbreaker and Alkaline Trio. “‘Destroy Me’ is a really good introduction that summarises the band, it had the right kind of energy from the offset,” says Gould. “This band feels like a love letter to a lot of our early influences. It’s a return to our roots in a lot of ways.” Elsewhere, SALEM’s debut EP captures the life-affirming joy of hearing a live band erupt into a blast of wild, barely controlled energy. Not that it’s a one-trick pony. Opening track ‘Fall Out Of Love’ hurtles into the kind of towering chorus that Gould first made his name with, ‘Throat’ is an ominous, ever-escalating alt-rock slowburner, while the frenetic closer ‘Doomed (For Each Other)’ sprints for the finish line. And as with all good EPs, when the needle clicks off, the natural thing to do is to flip it over and play it again from the start. Roadrunner Records 12" Pre-Order
Mayday Parade Out Of Here EP Banquet exclusive 12" is on 'electric blue w/ white cornetto' coloured vinyl. /300. The new EP from the excellent Kingston visitors Mayday Parade, offering another dose of their charming pop-punk meets emo that follows on from the 2018 record Sunnyland. In early March, Mayday Parade - Derek Sanders, Brooks Betts, Alex Garcia, Jake Bundrick, and Jeremy Lenzo – stepped into the studio with longtime collaborators Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount to record the EP. On “Lighten Up Kid,” the band continues to explore the power of self-love and finding confidence within, a theme that has run deep throughout their catalogue. “’Lighten Up Kid’ is about trying to find yourself and the strength to keep fighting for what you believe in,” Bundrick said. “It's about being or feeling cut down and hung out to dry but standing up for yourself in the end.” Rise Records 12" Pre-Order
Self Defense Family Make Me A Pallet Fire On Your Floor / Local Clerics A new 7" from the ever-excellent punk-rockers Self Defense Family. Recorded on a tour of Australia a few years back. A fun session with Neil Thomason at Headgap Studios. He was recommended to us on the strength of his old band, Ricaine, but his resume as an engineer is just as impressive. Our friend Amy Muir (of Fourteen Nights At Sea) blessed us with organ on this one. And that's former Sydney resident/occasional promoter and now Massachusetts homeowner Jessie Maas at the beginning. One of our members was left by their partner during the tour and the lyrics to 'Pallet Fire' reflect that circumstance. It was nice to sing about someone else's problems for a change. 'Local Clerics' is about as concise and clearheaded as I've managed to be on the topic of small minds. I hadn't revisited the song since the recording but hearing it now I believe it to be among our best. Run For Cover 7"
Mat Kerekes Amber Park 12" is 'purple in clear' coloured vinyl. We're the UK carrier for this release. /500 worldwide. The new EP from the awesome Mat Kerekes, known well as the fronter of Banquet-faves Citizen. Following on from the genre-busting and acclaimed 2019 record Ruby. 12"
Into it. Over It. Figure The highly anticipated new full length record from Banquet favs Into It. Over It., following on from 2016's Standards. Excellent mixes of mathy-emo with indie-punk charm. Fans of American Football, Tigers Jaw, The Menzingers and Balance And Composure should check this out. At the start of 2017, Evan Thomas Weiss wasn’t sure that he would make Figure , his upcoming fourth full-length record under namesake Into It. Over It. Built slowly and kindly with the help of his Chicago community, Figure is a commitment to do better and to be better, a love letter to stumbling and scraped knees, a field medic’s kit: knife and scalpel with stitches and bandaging, and something to cauterize the wounds. “It’s about trying to make peace with poor decisions that I’ve made,” he says, “and how I can try to reconcile as much as I can, and what I can’t reconcile, how I’m going to cope with that moving forward, and what I can do to be better to the people around me.” Triple Crown Records / Big Scary Monsters LP
Dashboard Confessional MTV unplugged THIS IS DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL AT HIS VERY VERY BEST. From late 2002, this album is a real treasure and now available on a limited run LP pressing. Hangman Records LP
Pup This Place Sucks Ass Banquet exclusive 12" is on 'A-side | B-side - black / cyan / red' coloured vinyl. /300. Indies exclusive 12" is on 'orange w/ mint, magenta + black splatter' coloured vinyl. Here we go! the new EP from one of our favourite punk-rock bands PUP. Following on from their awesome 2019 record Morbid Stuff with another blast of their scuzzy, high-energy, noisy and super anthemic punk-rock tunes. "Yes, that's a real title. It started as a joke that felt like it came true. New song "Rot" out now. No matter your circumstances, this EP is about where you're from and where you're at now. Wherever it is, it def sucks ass." - PUP “Our expectations are so high. Every album we make, we want it to be better than the last,” says Babcock. “But just putting out songs we like and think are fun, that’s also pretty rewarding. Taking a breather from the pressure we put on ourselves has been so positive for us.” Like all of their material, This Place Sucks Assis a document of the band PUP is—at times thoughtful and introspective and at other times wildly cathartic. And they hope that fans will take its sentiments of anger, frustration, and bitterness that run through This Place Sucks Ass and find collective empowerment and joy in turning them outward along with them. “Everything sucks and that’s OK, because it sucks for everybody,” says Babcock. “And we can make it a little bit better by being together in the shittiness.” Rise Records 12" | CD Pre-Order
Eastwood It Never Gets Easy LP is on 'swamp green w/ bone, easter yellow and white splatter' coloured vinyl. The debut full length album from Eastwood, the side project of Knocked Loose guitarist Cole Crutchfield, showcasing and exploring in his songwriting craft with indie-punk / emo vibes. Fans of Jimmy Eat World, Transit, Elder Brother and Turnover should check this out. Most people know Cole Crutchfield as the guitarist of Knocked Loose, Kentucky’s premier hardcore punk/metalcore crossover outfit. Those who have dug a little deeper will also be aware he’s also the vocalist of death metallers Torture Tomb. Yet while he’s best known as the creator of seriously heavy riffs, there’s much more to him that. In fact, Eastwood – a band he started in 2016 – is a project that he hopes will shake off any pigeonhole people have placed him in because of those other bands. “A lot of people think because I’m in a hardcore band and play death metal that I only listen to heavy music,” he says. “But I actually probably listen to indie music way more. So I think that people might be caught off-guard by this album, and I hope they are, because I want to smash that cliché that if you’re into death metal or hardcore you can’t play or listen to other kinds of music.” Pure Noise LP Pre-Order