Banner Pilot
Souvenir


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Lowe CONTRIBUTOR (96 Reviews)
May 12th, 2014 | 12 replies


Release Date: 04/15/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Consistency finally catches up to Banner Pilot

After putting out four albums and one EP all with the same general sound, Banner Pilot were bound to let their brand of consistently catchy, anthemic pop-punk tunes catch up to them. While the band's second album Collapser refined the raw, underdeveloped Jawbreaker/The Lawrence Arms worshiping sound the band showcased on their early material, and Heart Beats Pacific added some much needed variety in the form of some mellower songs and more diverse vocal melodies, Banner Pilot's fourth full length album Souvenir is unfortunately too consistent for its own good and ends up feeling like the same song and dance.

Souvenir plays out like a retread of Collapser and Heart Beats Pacific, but with less stand out tracks and no real album feel or distinctive features. At this point in their discography Banner Pilot really needed to do something different to maintain the level of exceptionalism they've become known for; without any real differentiation, Souvenir ends up being nothing more than a collection of pretty good Banner Pilot songs. Like the line from the second track "Effigy": "Even in my best days I'm half of who you are," most other pop-punk bands are half as good as a subpar Banner Pilot record on a good day. With all that being said, Souvenir is no revelation, but it is a highly enjoyable, albeit slightly disappointing Banner Pilot record.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 12th 2014


50954 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album rocks just not as hard as the last two

choice cuts:

Summer Ash: youtube.com/watch?v=U9h8Rx48-L0

Hold Fast: youtube.com/watch?v=hEjF33v_jn0

Digging: Friendzone - Collection 1

fromtheinside
May 12th 2014


19143 Comments


hey treb. u look a lil lonely in here

Digging: Bolt Thrower - ...For Victory

GuanoBumbershoot
May 12th 2014


1463 Comments


agree to a T

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 13th 2014


50954 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Try not to all comment at once

tommygun
May 13th 2014


25409 Comments


nice soundoff???

Digging: Banks - Goddess

Satellite
May 13th 2014


20826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not digging this quite as much as their last couple but it's still solid

this is the perfect length for a review

tommygun
May 13th 2014


25409 Comments


i jest :D

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 13th 2014


50954 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

luv you guys

fromtheinside
May 13th 2014


19143 Comments


u wrote this bands bio didn't u

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 13th 2014


50954 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no

kenti123
June 9th 2014


138 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great album. love it but not as good as heart beats pacific but still

skoopy48
August 17th 2014


1591 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album has grown on me a lot, I think its my favorite of theirs.



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