As far as Midwestern punk rock goes, there's a tried-and-true formula that's been perfected by a few great bands. That's why it's so easy to mention Chicago's The Lawrence Arms, Cincinnati's The Dopamines and Minneapolis bands like Dear Landlord, Off With Their Heads and Dillinger Four when trying to provide a reference point for Banner Pilot.
The reason why Banner Pilot–Minneapolis natives themselves–have been able to stand their own ground in a crowded field is because the quartet hasn't fought against that tried-and-true formula. In announcing their fourth studio LP, Souvenir, bassist Nate Gangelhoff said, "I think that in the end we stuck to the things we do well, but varied them a little without messing them up. And I think the attitude of 'Let’s keep trying to make this better' paid off."
Stream the music video for "Modern Shakes," which features fascinating vintage footage of Minneapolis' Gateway District, above.