Published Dec 16, 2015Are you ready for new music from the likes of Grandaddy, Franz Ferdinand and Midlake? If so, then you're probably going to want to feast your ears on the upcoming debut LP from supergroup Banquet, which comprises members from those acts and more.
The project was founded by Midlake's Eric Pulido, who put together the act after sending out emails to a bunch of artists, asking if they wanted to make some music together. In addition to his Midlake pals McKenzie Smith, Joey McClellan and Jesse Chandler, Pulido managed to rope in Grandaddy's Jason Lytle, Band of Horses' Ben Bridwell, Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos and Travis vocalist Fran Healy.
"I was surprised people said yes," Pulido told the Dallas Observer [via Brooklyn Vegan] of his cast of collaborators. "It's a humbling and cool experience to share something like this with some of your musical idols who are also nice people."
Though the details have yet to arrive in full, the project will deliver an album titled Volume One by the end of 2016. Much of the 10-song collection has been cut at Denton, TX's Redwood Studios, though Kapranos' parts were tracked at an undisclosed location. He's also mixing the sessions. Lytle, who has a Grandaddy album in the works as well, has confirmed that he offered up some original songs to the project.
"To tell you the truth, I'm a little mystified what the whole thing is myself, which is fine," Lytle said. "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."
While Volume One has yet to be completed, Pulido already has plans for a follow-up. Though nothing has been set in stone, he's hoping to switch up the lineup and has plans to reach out to artists including Rufus Wainwright, Norah Jones and John Grant.