There's a new Denton-based band that making waves in the indie music scene, and as of Wednesday, it's also taking over the airwaves.
BNQT (pronounced "banquet") is essentially folk-rock band Midlake plus other collaborators, including Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Fran Healy of Travis and Jason Lytle of Grandaddy. The band made its TV debut on May 17 performing "Restart," one of the tracks from its recently released debut album, on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
BNQT is widely being called an "indie supergroup," though its notable musicians may be less recognizable than, say, The Highwaymen or Traveling Wilburys. The band came together after Eric Pulido, lead singer of Midlake, called on artists he'd previously worked with to help start a new musical chapter.
"I thought that would be a fun thing to do; to change things up, to break it up," Pulido recently told the Dallas Observer.
The resulting 10 songs were recorded at Denton's Redwood Studio and released on April 28 as BNQT's debut album, Volume I. The record is a ear-pleasing mix of vintage pop sounds, layered vocal harmonies, and feel-good vibes due, perhaps in part, to the fact each member took a turn at songwriting. According to a statement, Bridwell, Pulido, Kapranos, Healy and Lytle each wrote two tunes.
Rolling Stone said of the album, "while it's a bit of a patchwork, the songs are more than mere throwaways" in a three-star review.