Band of Horses, Grandaddy + Midlake Members Team Up as New Supergroup Banquet
Midlake frontman Eric Pulido went out on a limb and reached out to some of his favorite musicians via email, asking them to join his new collaborative project -- and it paid off.
Pulido has joined forces with a bevy of indie stars for the new supergroup Banquet. The lineup boasts Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle, Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell, Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos, Travis’ Fran Healy and Pulido’s Midlake bandmates McKenzie Smith, Joey McClellan and Jesse Chandler. In an interview with the Dallas Observer, Pulido modestly compared his new venture to another famous supergroup, describing Banquet as a "poor man's" version of Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne's Traveling Wilburys.
Together, the new collective has compiled 10 tracks that will appear on their debut effort Volume I, which has yet to receive a label or release date. While details surrounding the album are relatively scant, members of the band itself can’t really offer much additional insight -- because they haven’t heard the LP in its entirety either.
“To tell you the truth, I’m a little mystified what the whole thing is myself, which is fine,” Lytle told the Observer. “I was asked to contribute however I felt like. I had a couple of songs that were just floating around and didn’t have a home in my own catalog and thought it’d be a good opportunity to use them for this Banquet thing.”
Pulido does, however, have plans to play the album in full -- along with his Banquet colleagues' individual material -- at a concert in Denton, Texas (where Volume I was recorded), in the near future. Likewise, the Midlake leader already has his eyes set on a follow-up with a whole new star-packed lineup he hopes will include Rufus Wainwright, Norah Jones and John Grant.