*Banner Pilot's* a quartet of beer swilling, bookworm punks from Minneapolis who play the kind of gritty pop-punk that seems so synonymous with the Midwest. Three years ago they dropped *Collapser*, their second full length on Fat Wreck Chords, which was so beloved that it even appeared on Punknews.org's best of 2009 list.
A quick background check reveals that *Banner Pilot* started in 2006 out playing their take on dark, midwesty sounding punk rock a-la Jawbreaker, the Alkaline Trio and the Lawrence Arms with a fucking drum machine (they've since acquired a live-flesh drummer). Some of the dudes used to be in Rivethead, an outfit that also boasts members of Dear Landlord. One of the guys works at Wells Fargo or Target or something. One of the guys was the studio bassist for all the Off With Their Heads records. They used to be on Go Kart, who put out their debut full-length, *Resignation Day*, before they signed with Fat who dropped the aforementioned *Collapser* in 2009. There. We up to speed? Okay, then let's get this baby up to 88 and check out the future.
They just released *Heart Beats Pacific*, described by the band as "*Collapser* on steroids" - it was recorded at the Terrarium by Jacques Wait, who also recorded Off With Their Heads, Dear Landlord, and The Soviettes. When pressed for a blurb about the HBP, *Banner Pilot* said:
"Whenever a band starts a new album, they have a choice to take a step backwards.... Or take a step forwards. We chose to take a step backwards. That gave us more room to jump two steps forward. What does that mean? Better songs, but still in the same vein as before. A few new things that make the album less straight-forward, but not in a weird way. Thicker guitars, and an overall better sound. We even cracked out a grand piano for a four-count-em-four note piano part. New things, but we don't abandon or ignore our old sound."
2012 will mark BPs 7th visit to Fest. Get stoked!