TOTW: ‘AWAKE’- Beige Banquet
London based quintet Beige Banquet return with their new single ‘AWAKE’, the first new music since their debut album ‘Beta’ at the start of the year. Acting as the first single from their upcoming self-titled EP, ‘AWAKE’ is a driving journey through their angular post-punk world; a world in which we are thrilled to be a part of.
Only formed in 2020, the London-based Beige Banquet have evolved from a DIY bedroom recording project into a full five-piece band featuring Tom Brierley (Guitar/Vocals), Joe Munsey (Guitar), Danny Gillies (Bass), Ian Crafter (Drums) and Blake Carlson-Joshua (Percussion) and they’ll be releasing their new EP with headline shows in London and Leeds.
Building on their Devo inspired and drum-machine-driven style of post-punk ‘AWAKE’ is Beige Banquet at their most spiky and propulsive. While only 2 and a half minutes long, the track feels like a journey that’s underpinned and continuously pushed forward by the robotic cracks of the motorik drum machine. The jerky and tightly wound guitars fight and bounce off each other, in a Uranium Club kind of way, before opening up into a sweet and almost melodic bridge. The art-punk split narrative of layered spoken word vocals finally carry the track into a powerful outro with a huge cathartic release.