BNQT, the indie super-group conceived and led by Eric Pulido of Midlake, and featuring Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Fran Healy of Travis + Jason Lytle of Grandaddy. The concept of BNQT (pronounced “Banquet”) came to Pulido while touring Midlake’s 2013 release, “Antiphon”.
Gathering a number of contrasting yet complementary artists he’d befriended or shared the stage with, Pulido set out to establish an environment in which they could collaborate: “That’s what art is about for me,” Pulido says, “creating with other people that you love and appreciate.”
The idea for BNQT was enthusiastically embraced by all involved, but with the artists stretched across the globe, recordings were split both with travel to Denton and remotely over the net. Over a year and some change, songs grew from demos to fully realized recordings, with Pulido guiding the way, and encouraging the artists to stretch out into new, uncharted territory. The resulting work is full of surprises, a collection that feels oddly familiar and attractively alien.
Critical acclaim for BNQT’s “Volume 1.”
“Melodic rock supergroup provide a real feast… High points include the impossibly lovely Failing At Feeling, which conjures John Lennon… a gorgeous cascade of harmonies and trumpets.” The Guardian – 5 Stars *****
“Glorious… Thanks to Pulido’s deft string-pulling their varied backgrounds gel nicely in a kind of 70s West Coast FM rock radio way.” Q – 4 Stars ****
“Eric Pulido has inspired his guests to explore new stylistic territory… A sumptuous, immensely pleasurable album.” Uncut – 8/10
“A magic carpet ride to cloud nine. It is beautiful.” MOJO – 4 Stars ****
“The overall feeling is 1970s soft rock, with classy contributions from all concerned.” Sunday Times
“Melodic and dreamy… It works perfectly in being an ensemble creation that taps into a hazy nostalgia vibe.” Record Collector – 4 Stars ****
“BNQT is a band exuding harmony and melody from every musical pore.” Sunday Express – 4 Stars ****
“Utterly gorgeous… A luscious 70s sound washes over BNQT’s debut.” Clash – 8/10
BNQT’s Volume 1 is available now via Bella Union.
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