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Music Review: The Banquet by This Public Life

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Year: 2011
Genre: Indie Rock
Similar Artists: The Boxer Rebellion, Radiohead, Monoral
Online: Official Website, Jamendo, Bandcamp, Triple J Unearthed, Facebook

  1. Smile
  2. Look Up
  3. Bombs Away
  4. Gypsy
  5. Born Again
  6. War Machine

After some deliberation, I have decided to move my weekly music reviews to Sunday instead of Saturday. I hope that folks don’t mind but I also want to get back into playing Black Desert Online again and figure that Saturday is a good choice due to the number of guild members that are usually on during that day. In any case, this week’s album review will be for a release by Australian Indie Rock band This Public Life.

The Banquet is a six-track album that came out in 2011. Though small, the collection packs a bit of a punch. No two songs are alike, showing a variety of tone and style but each still manages to showcase some excellent vocal and instrumental work. I find this especially important given that a lot of bands tend to release a lot of the same even on a single album. It also means that can see what to expect from the band in terms of composition and performance. The sound engineering also does justice to a collection of songs from a band that really deserves a lot more recognition than it currently gets.
When this album originally went live on Jamendo, I took an immediate liking to it. Years later, I still find myself listening to it in the foreground rather than in the background. It is nice to sit there and just take in the individual elements of a song and that crisp sound engineering allows me to isolate the instruments and vocals easily. For me, The Banquet is a good example of why I enjoy Indie Rock so much. There is this feeling of purity to it that comes from not being ordered around by a big record company. That being said, we see a lot of talented bands that don’t get the recognition that they deserve.

In conclusion, I recommend this album to anyone looking for some solid Indie Rock. Be sure to give it a listen and check out their release It Shouldn’t Cost the Earth from 2016 while you are at it. If you like what you hear, be sure to spread the word and maybe leave a comment to let me know what you thought.


Author: keikomushi

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