Good Day Noir Family,
our “E.A.Poets Approved/Bands We Like” section is dedicated to The Banquets. I discovered this Band while shuffling songs on Spotify and liked their music.
As soon as I hit the play button I was immediately struck by the voice of the singer of this band.
An intense, hoarse, and sexy vocal timbre that manages to speak directly to the listener’s heart and soul.
The compositional style of The Banquets reminded me of the psychedelic rock of the 70s, music that somehow makes you feel free and awakens your wildest rock spirit.
The new single The Beautiful is a fantastic rock ballad that demonstrates a great compositional experience and you feel that this band has spent a lot of time in the rehearsal room to achieve such an enviable musical understanding.
A nice discovery that I recommend to everyone.
The Beautiful is The Banquets’ Single & Video Out Now!
Wild and Free!
The Banquets spread their wings with “The Beautiful”. They experiment with string arrangements and exciting production techniques. This dark and brooding song combines the melancholic with the rousing. It is both exciting and ethereal.
The lyrics tell a semi-autobiographical story of lead singer Gem’s ongoing battle with depression. Lyrical inspiration came from a line in Emily Dickinson’s poem As Imperceptibly as Grief. A passage in the poem reads “Our summer made her light escape into the beautiful”.
The musical arrangement of the song follows the charge of the lyrics. Galloping, then cantering, then crashing and then galloping again. Throughout with each whim of meaning conveyed. All this effort drives the drama of the whole track and pulls you in. This is one of the band’s finest works yet.
Gem Russell-Hills (Vox), Leon Russell-Hills (Guitar, Backing Vox), Sir Francis Watson (Drums, Percussion) & Tom Wallace a.k.a Tomasz Walesa (Bass).