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Souvenir

Our latest album. The idea here was to tweak our sound in small ways that didn’t seem forced, and that still stayed true to what people (hopefully) liked about us in the first place. Did it work? I think so! But you’ll have to check it out and decide for yourself; what do I know? – Nate

 

Credits:
-Nick Johnson: Vocals
-Nate Gangelhoff: Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Bass Guitar
-Corey Ayd: Rhythm Guitar
-Dan Elston-Jones: Drums, Piano

 

All music by Nate Gangelhoff / Banner Pilot
All lyrics by Nick Johnson

 

Read the lyrics here

 

Recorded October 2013 through December 2013 at The Terrarium in Minneapolis. Engineered and mixed by Jacques Wait and mastered by Dave Gardner.

 

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Heart Beats Pacific

Our third album. This one has 4 of our best songs, in my opinion. Other parts are uneven but all in all it’s solid. It’s pretty close in style to Collapser, but we do a few different things on this one. “Collapser on steroids” is how I describe it to people, in the sense that we really beefed things up and suffered absolutely no adverse effects by doing so.

 

If you’d like to hear us discuss each track on the album in agonizing detail (and really, why wouldn’t you?) head on over to Alternative Press. – Nate

 

Credits:
-Nick Johnson: Vocals / Guitar
-Nate Gangelhoff: Lead Guitar / Bass Guitar
-Corey Ayd: Guitar
-Dan Elston-Jones: Drums

 

All music written by Nate Gangelhoff / Banner Pilot except Intervention, by Nick Johnson / Banner Pilot
All lyrics by Nick Johnson

 

Read the lyrics here

 

Engineered by Jacques Wait @ the Terrarium in Minneapolis. Mastered by Dave Gardner. Jacques Wait and Banner Pilot produced. Released on Fat Wreck Chords

 

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Collapser

Our second album, and first released on Fat Wreck. I think this one turned out great and is when we sorta found our sound. Probably our most consistent album. If you’re just getting into us, this is a good place to start. – Nate

 

Credits:
Nick Johnson: Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Nate Gangelhoff: Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar
Corey Ayd: Rhythm Guitar
Dan Elston Jones: Drums

 

All music by Nate Gangelhoff / Banner Pilot except Write it Down, by Nick Johnson / Banner Pilot

 

Read the lyrics here

 

Engineered and Produced by Jacques Wait. Recorded at The Terrarium in Minneapolis. Mastered by Dave Gardner.

 

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Resignation Day

Our first full length album. Also our worst record by far. I mean, I don’t think it’s terrible or anything but it’s a pretty generic collection of tunes in the “gruff melodic midwestern punk” variety that was moderately popular at the time. Yeah yeah yeah, I guess you could argue that ALL of our stuff lands in that bucket, but I think we got better and more nuanced on later albums.

 

There’s a couple solid tunes but overall the tempos and melodies and parts don’t really distinguish themselves too much and it all blurs together. The recording was kind of a headache. Our original guitarist, Mike, quit the band a few days in. The overall sound ended up being flat and muddy (we later remixed it, much improving things, when it was re-released by Fat in 2010).

 

Now that I’ve sufficiently hyped this album up, check it out!! – Nate

 

Credits:
-Nick Johnson: Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
-Nate Gangelhoff: Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Bass Guitar
-Dan Elston-Jones: Drums, Piano

 

All music by Nate Gangelhoff / Banner Pilot
All lyrics by Nick Johnson

 

Read the lyrics here

 

Recorded at The Terrarium in Minneapolis by Dusty Miller. Remixed by Jacques Wait. Mastered by Dave Gardner.

 

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Pass the Poison

Our first release. We recorded the drums and bass at the Terrarium in Minneapolis in one day and then added guitars and vocals later at Nick’s house (called “Sumter Avenue Studios” in the liner notes in a sneaky attempt to portray professionalism.) It’s a pretty goofy record but I find that goofiness somewhat endearing, and there are handful of moments that show some promise.

 

Unlike every release that followed, we didn’t demo any of the songs beforehand and didn’t use a metronome to define a specific tempo, so everything ended up way faster than intended, as we were excited to rock out in the studio. 

The result is scrappy and raw– if you like fast punk rock, borderline hardcore, this might be the only record of ours you like.

 

There have been a few vinyl and CD pressings but I think those are all long gone now. There was even, years later, a cassette pressing which for some reason sold wildly in Fargo North Dakota (and only Fargo North Dakota) – Nate

 

Credits:
-Nick Johnson: Vocals
-Nate Gangelhoff: Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar
-Mike Johnson: Rhythm Guitar, Backup Vocals
-Dan Elston-Jones: Drums

 

All music by Nate Gangelhoff / Banner Pilot. All lyrics by Nick Johnson.

 

Read the lyrics here

 

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