Banner Pilot | Resignation Day Reissue (Fat Wreck Chords)

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Resignation Day riffs 36 minutes of nonstop chant-along punk rock without succumbing to the cliché of throwing a sappy ballad in.

 
 
 
 
It’ s all been done before, this time it’s just been done better. Minneapolis quartet Banner Pilot has re-released the 2008 album, Resignation Day. I know, I know; you’re thinking, “Which greedy label tacked a crappy B-side to the end and updated the artwork to sell a few thousand extra copies?” Well, the answer is Fat Wreck Chords, however, this story is a little different. 
 
Banner Pilot was hesitant to release the original pressing of the record due to tracking being cut short because of time and funding. Resignation Day still managed to quickly sell to the point of going out of print. Skip ahead to 2010; the band is enjoying the success of their second full length album, Collapser, and have decided to give a little back to the fans. So Fat Wreck Chords does an entire remix/remaster of Resignation Day. The end result is basically a new album.
 
It kicks off with “Overwinter”, a two-minute punk anthem about a young girl making reckless decisions with no regard for the consequences. Vocalist Nick Johnson croons, “Your wool cap and worn out jacket fit you just like your bad habits.” Resignation Day riffs 36 minutes of nonstop chant-along punk rock without succumbing to the cliché of throwing a sappy ballad in. “Empty Your Bottles” is the perfect booze-fueled motivational speech to help you break out of the everyday rut. Johnson cries, “Rise up and leave this urban ashtray.”
 
Where the album would normally end with “Barker”, a self-realization song about the protagonist turning into someone regrettable, Banner Pilot offers two additional songs, “Spit Out” and “Deadender”, both of which maintain the vibrant pulse and passion of the original 12 tracks. 
 
Overall, Resignation Day offers a congregation of songs about failed relationships, difficult life changes, disappointment and dealing with all of it. It’s a beautiful, raspy homage to really growing up, and this time it sounds better than ever. | Jacob Snyder
 
RIYL: Jawbreaker, Dead To Me, Dillinger Four
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