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Album Review

Like fellow Minneapolis punkers Dillinger Four and Off with Their Heads, Banner Pilot are a polished punk group who show an affinity for pop hooks, but they're just a little too raw and gravelly to be lumped into the emo-pop scene. That's not a bad thing. As punk is being overrun by the Fall Out Boys of the world, it's refreshing to find a band that reaches beyond New Found Glory influences and takes a cue from a group with D.I.Y. roots like Jawbreaker. For Collapser, the boys in the band (vocalist/guitarist Nick Johnson and his mates (Nate Gangelhoff, Corey Ayd, and Nick Johnson) consistantly write melodies with enough hooks that they could be bottled up and guzzled by the mainstream, while retaining their fiery edge. While the release can become a little samey at times, there's nothing distinctly bad about it, either. It's a steady drive of crunchy jams.

Customer Reviews

a new midwest classic

The easy answer is to make a Dillinger Four comparison (same town, similar sound), but it's not that cut and dry. Definitely midwest punk, as it has plenty of meat on it's bones (the bass guitar!), with some of the early 90s Lookout! Records' and late 90s No Idea Records' influence present. Short, sweet, catchy, raspy, and not a stupid lyric to be found. You can't listen to it just once through, it begs to be repeated. For fans of all the bands the other guy mentioned, too.

Pinhead Gunpowder + Benson Jones = Banner Pilot

Forensic science would be able to find this permanently etched into my car speakers.


I heard Banner Pilot on XM Faction a few days ago and absolutely love this band. I bought the rerelease of Resignation Day at Electric Fetus and downloaded Collapser from iTunes. Their music brings me back to the late 80's early 90's skate punk that I fell in love with then and I've craved for the last 20 years. Their sound remind's me of Screeching Weasel's early stuff like Wiggle and My Brain Hurts. If you grew up skating in that era like I did, you will certainly love this band. It brings you back and makes you again.


Formed: 2005 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Scrappy and melodic punk rockers from Minneapolis, MN, Banner Pilot got their start in 2005 under the obvious influence of acts like Alkaline Trio, the Lawrence Arms, Jawbreaker, and hometown boys Dillinger Four. In 2005, vocalist/guitarist Nick and bassist/guitarist Nate recorded a demo together, resourcefully using a computer program as their faithful skinsman. They later added two members to complete a breathing Banner Pilot crew, guitarist/vocalist Mike and drummer Danny, and between them all,...
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