Banner Pilot
Collapser


4.5
superb

Review

by Robert Lowe CONTRIBUTOR (95 Reviews)
March 12th, 2013 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: My Wonder Years thankfully got cancelled

Pop-punk kind of sucks lately. All the newer bands sound the same to me, and they all seem to have immature and obnoxious high school poetry type lyrics that were likely scribbled into a tear soaked diary in between Gym and Biology. That's not really what I look for when I seek out a pop-punk record; I'm not in high school any more after all. I don't want the prom king writing the songs, I want a slightly overweight and bearded midwesterner who is willing to put his beer and cigarette down just long enough to scream the words he wrote in a tattered notebook over blaring guitar chords. Collapser is Banner Pilot at their best; a beer drenched anthem churning machine that brings credibility back to a fledgling pop-punk scene.

Banner Pilot are kind of like fellow punk group Latterman in that almost all of their songs sound like album closing anthems. Collapser is a relentless collection of high energy sing along jams that doesn't let up for a single second of its 34 minutes runtime. With their audible bass, tight songwriting, and original sounding singer, The four piece from Minneapolis manage to craft a collection of catchy track after catchy track that never feels stale or longwinded. A lot of the appeal of Banner Pilot is their simplicity and lack of pomp. There's not a lot of flashy musicianship to be found here; mostly just power chords and some rifftastic bass, but hey whatever works.

The biggest difference between Banner Pilot and most of their pop-punk peers is their penchant for witty, metaphor filled lyrics. Laments like "How did another year turn out so bad?"and "You're what I came here for" might sound whiney if done by a lesser band, but Banner Pilot have an inane ability to tackle song topics such as regret and longing for someone without coming off as sophomoric. Banner Pilot's singer has a rather rough tone to his voice, but his harsh tone never outweighs the impressive melodies he's belting out. The upbeat nature of the music, and the delivery of the vocalist are what really sell the lyrics.

Short and sweet song structures, lyrics that are relatable without pandering, elegant guitar chords; these are all ingredients that result in a grade A pop-punk record, and Banner Pilot excel at every single one of them on their genre defining album Collapser.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013


50951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This didn't have a review and it saddened me greatly


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atrink
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013


2845 Comments


Jesus

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013


2845 Comments


7 contributor reviews in a row? Life is good here on sputnik

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013


50951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

We're working really hard

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013


2845 Comments


Gotta earn the big bucks somehow

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013


7127 Comments


I think atrink may be a little short of breath.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013


2845 Comments


I'm awestruck

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013


7127 Comments


Just wait until a couple more contribs come to the party lol.

Ignimbrite
March 12th 2013


5493 Comments


I adore Hearts Beat Pacific, so I should probs check this out. Also, fuck yeah, 7 contrib reviews in a row

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013


50951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah you should because it's even better

Ignimbrite
March 12th 2013


5493 Comments


but RYM says that HBP is better and since when has RYM ever been wrong

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013


50951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Go to the emo charts on rym and you will find your answer


NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013


7127 Comments


ZING! Anyways this looks far away from my kind of music so ya know...

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013


50951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It rocks hard dude, you will love it

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013


20150 Comments


Nice I'll check this out

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013


7127 Comments


I'll give it a go man, just for you

pmmets07
March 12th 2013


5926 Comments


treb you should check out the new owth album

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvzKZ1KNbnM&list=PLcZMZxR9uxC_cMRcfMgqpOh7U83h89jun&index=1

JackSparrow
March 12th 2013


1686 Comments


Good review, exactly how I feel about pop-punk nowadays. Gonna listen to this

andrianoc
March 12th 2013


109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

god this album is sooo fuckin good! Couldn't really get in to their other ones though..

sixdegrees
May 4th 2013


17690 Comments


heart beats pacific is perhaps a bit less immediate, but its still really good

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