BNQT head out on their first UK/EU tour

Following excellent reviews for their debut album, Volume 1, released in April on Bella Union, BNQT have announced news of their first European live shows this Autumn. For the still uninitiated, BNQT (pronounced “Banquet”) is the new indie super-group led by Eric Pulido of Midlake and featuring Ben Bridwell, Alex Kapranos, Fran Healy and Jason Lytle on vocals. For these Autumn tour dates the live incarnation of BNQT will feature Jason LytleFran HealyEric Pulido and members of Midlake.

Critical acclaim for Volume 1, out now on Bella Union:

“Melodic rock supergroup provide a real feast… High points include the impossibly lovely Failing At Feeling, which conjures John Lennon’s #9 Dream: Restart, whose glam-rock crunch is reached via Tame Impala’s Elephant; and Real Love, a gorgeous cascade of harmonies and trumpets.” The Guardian – 5 Stars *****

“Glorious… Thanks to Pulido’s deft string-pulling their varied backgrounds gel nicely in a kind of 70s West Coast FM rock radio way.” Q – 4 Stars ****

“Eric Pulido has inspired his guests to explore new stylistic territory… A sumptuous, immensely pleasurable album.” Uncut – 8/10

“A magic carpet ride to cloud nine… It is beautiful.” MOJO – 4 Stars ****

“The overall feeling is 1970s soft rock, with classy contributions from all concerned.” Sunday Times

“A warmly textured soundtrack of guitars, drums, horns and strings… The voices click perfectly with Midlake’s soulful, orchestral rock.” Financial Times – 4 Stars ****

“Melodic and dreamy… It works perfectly in being an ensemble creation that taps into a hazy nostalgia vibe.” Record Collector – 4 Stars ****

“A brilliant collection of 70s infused pop/rock, Volume 1 offers rick rewards.” Shindig – 4 Stars ****

“BNQT is a band exuding harmony and melody from every musical pore.” Sunday Express – 4 Stars ****

“Despite their diversity, a mood is sustained through Midlake’s arrangements, which draw on fond ‘70s influences, from the glam-rock boogie of “Restart” to the sweeping yacht-rock sheen of “Unlikely Force.” The i Paper – 4 Stars ****

“With its varied pace and stellar cast, Volume 1 is a joyous debut.” Long Live Vinyl – 4 Stars ****

“Utterly gorgeous… A luscious 70s sound washes over BNQT’s debut.” Clash – 8/10

“Songwriting of the highest order… A compilation chock full of glistening efforts.” London In Stereo