BANQUETS, THE: This Is Our Concern, Dude: 7”

The Banquets play a cool, DIY version of the emo pop that infiltrated mainline Warped Tour culture in the past few years. Its members were in other known bands like Let Me Run and The Banner and this driving four-song 7” is aggressive, harmless fun for contemporary complex pop lovers. “I Wish I Was a Little More Lou Diamond Phillips” gets the song title of the year award, although I personally wish I was a little more Edward James Olmos.

 –Art Ettinger (Black Numbers, theblacknumbers.com)