Can't Swim / Microwave Sunday 16th April at Banquet Records, 12:00pm While out on their UK tour with Real Friends, the New Jersey punk driven alt-rockers Can't Swim and the indie-punk-rock four piece Microwave stop off in Kingston to perform a midday set in the shop. Can't Swim blend pop-punk with some dark and gross-pop-esque styles, their music fluctuates between being full of aggression and energy to being quiet, reserved and fragile, with a continuous raw and grungy vibe throughout. This band is a must for fans of Frank Iero, Pup, Boston Manor and Brand New. Microwave take elements of emo and hardcore and combine it with an indie-rock approach, creating a sharp yet reserved punk rock sound. Their debut record Stovall is simultaneously dynamic and emotionally powerful while still maintaining a poetic edge, for fans of Pinegrove, Weezer, Pup and Into It. Over It. In-store Grade _. Anyone is welcome but priority will be given to anyone who orders a copy of the Fail You Again from us.
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
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
Fake Problems It's Great To Be Alive Sounding like a mix of the folk punk of Against Me! and the US indie rock of Modest Mouse this Florida band deliver a great record. As seen on tour with Frank Turner. Side One Dummy CD
Kevin Seconds / Mike Scott Split The mighty 7 Seconds frontman Kevin Seconds and ex-Phinius Gage bassist Mike Scott celebrate their joint UK tour with this 7". This first press is solely for the tour, so we'll likely be the only store stocking this version before it gets pressed with different art and on a different colour. A1. Disappearing Girl - Kevin Seconds A2. Back To The Drawing Board - Mike Scott B1. Slights & Snickers - Kevin Seconds B2. The Scandal Song - Mike Scott www.myspace.com/kseconds www.myspace.com/mikescottacoustic Fond Of Life Records 7"
DJ Troubl A Journey Into Fresh Digging Volume 1 A huge mix session from the French turntablist and multi DJ championship award winning turntable cat Troubl, dedicated entirely to Madlib's alter-ego Quasimoto. A huge selection of rarities, remixes and productions alongside much of the original source material which he used to make the beats with. Great stuff which is highly entertaining and definitely something for the Stones Throw enthusiast and Quasimoto fan! Over 70 minutes long too - vey busy indeed... (NB) Da Farm CD
All Time Low Nothing Personal Third full-length from Banquet fave pop-punk / pop-rockers All Time Low for which they did a release show in town! Anthems a plenty on this album! 2009's Nothing Personal is the band's third full-length effort overall and the follow-up to their highly acclaimed 2007 album So Wrong, It's Right. Catchy songs, witty lyrics, and the band's irresistible tongue in cheek charisma are all present here. All Time Low went out of their way to stretch their songwriting muscle on Nothing Personal, working with a variety of superstar producers including Butch Walker, David Bendeth, Matt Squire and more! Hopeless Records CD | LP
Johnny Foreigner Grace And The Bigger Picture Album artwork poster available when you order the CD! So if you know Banquet or New Slang you should know by now Johnny Foreigner are one of our favourite bands ever. If you don't love them yet, why not!? The Brummie noise-pop trio return with their second album, produced by Alex Newport (At The Drive-In, Frank Turner) and we can't wait! www.myspace.com/johnnyforeigner Best Before Records CD
Kevin Devine / Big Scary Monsters Brother's Blood Released 20th July. Kevine Devine returns after a short stint with a major label, releasing his new album in the UK on Big Scary Monsters. Lush indie-folk for fans of later Brand New, Death Cab, Bright Eyes and the like. Features a download code for free MP3s of songs from his previous albums. Bonus MP3s (free with CD): 1. Fingerprints And Photographs 2. Ballgame 3. Cotton Crush 4. Just Stay 5. Yr Husband (Demo) 6. Big Bad Man (Demo) www.myspace.com/kevindevine Big Scary Monsters CD