While still a relatively new act on the pop/rock scene, Leeds-based trio The Banquets are turning heads left, right and centre. Featured in notable blogs like Eat This Metal, Music For The Misfits and Testicanzoni Rock, The Banquets are gaining a following on a national and international scale. Known for their smooth blend of rock, blues and pop, Gemma Dee (vocals), Leon Russell Hills (guitar) and Francis Watson (drums) have supported acts like The South (formerly known as The Beautiful South) and Toyah Wilcox. The latest addition to their repertoire is ‘Red Sky Morning’.
Enigmatic and highly engaging, The Banquets showcase their eclecticism and passion in the latest single. Combining Hills’ powerful guitar, Watson’s steady drums and Dee’s soulful vocals, ‘Red Sky Morning’ is melodic, flowing and somewhat soothing. I would say the group shows a similarity to The Beautiful South and Florence + The Machine, but this is not a suitable comparison with The Banquets have a unique sound; particularly with Gemma Dee’s distinctive voice.
“We are very passionate about making quality original music that gives people a strong visceral feeling. People have connected with ‘Red Sky Morning’ as it deals with real experiences and real emotions that draw powerful reactions from the listener.” – The Banquets on ‘Red Sky Morning’