Banner Pilot
Heart Beats Pacific


4.5
superb

Review

by Robert Lowe CONTRIBUTOR (95 Reviews)
September 9th, 2013 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Crack open a beer, put on your best winter coat, and grow out your beard, it's time to jam some Banner Pilot

There's just something so grand about punk and emo bands from the Midwest. Maybe it's the dreary, snowy atmosphere, or maybe it's the close proximity to countless breweries and alcohol distilleries that give these bands the inhuman power to create some of the catchiest and most poignant music around. Whatever the case may be, Banner Pilot certainly have this power, and they're easily one of the catchiest and most poignant in the Midwest.

Banner Pilot make pop-punk. No not THAT pop-punk; the kind that's made for young girls ages 14-25, but rather the sweaty, drunken kind made for slightly overweight men with beards and flannel shirts ages 17-35. Banner Pilot's biggest strength is their ability to weave together personal lyrics of alcohol influenced tales of love and life in the Midwest with blaring power chords, the occasional simple guitar riff, and wow actual audible bass! Banner Pilot have always had very catchy songs, but they really went above and beyond on their third full length album Heart Beats Pacific, where the songwriting is tighter than ever, and their inclination for powerful melodies has been perfected. Coupled with these strong melodies are much slower and mellower songs than the band usually makes, and the singer Nick has adopted a lower register vocal style that elegantly melds with this newfound approach. Banner Pilot don't do anything new when it comes to gritty, yet poppy Midwestern punk, but their immense passion and penchant for crafting gritty, yet beautiful melodies certainly makes them one of the best bands playing pop-punk right now.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 9th 2013


50951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Every time I decide to put on one of these guys' records, I get obsessed and end up listening to them nonstop for days.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 9th 2013


20150 Comments


nice review. I'd honestly rather read a short one like this than some of the overly long staff reviews.

Here's a small typo friend:

"Whatever the case may be, Banner Pilot are certainly have this power"

remove the word are ;)

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 9th 2013


50951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks bud

Hep Kat
September 9th 2013


15362 Comments


this review is gay

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Hep Kat
September 9th 2013


15362 Comments


ULTRA NEG

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 9th 2013


50951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

says the guy with the Being As An Ocean avatar

Hep Kat
September 9th 2013


15362 Comments


at least begin as an ocean writes cool jams man

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 9th 2013


50951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ok

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
September 9th 2013


3513 Comments


so basically this band is every pop punk band not signed to fueled by ramen ever?

slep
September 9th 2013


1604 Comments


i'm a 14-25 year old girl dont know if ill like this!!!

For real though, I liked Pass the Poison (especially Bender) and Resignation Day, but never kept up after that. Sounds good though. Solid review as well.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
September 9th 2013


1723 Comments


Gonna check this out treb, hoping this is as good as your praise it.

tom79
September 9th 2013


3384 Comments


Collapser is good, I should check this out. Nice review dude, I like the brevity.

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kenti123
December 31st 2013


138 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

love it! thats right



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