Interview: BNQT Talk 'Volume 1,' Being Labeled a 'Supergroup' and Perform "Restart" Live!


Alternative rock collective BNQT (pronounced "banquet") dropped by Q104.3 New York's "Out of the Box" with Jonathan Clarke to talk about the band's "supergroup" designation, its debut album, Volume 1, and more!

Eric Pulido, Jesse Chandler, Joey McClellan -- all of Midlake -- and Fran Healy, of Travis, joined Clarke for the interview and an acoustic performance of "Restart."

With five capable singers, Clarke asked BNQT whether the idea for the project was influenced at all by '70s vocal groups like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

"That is definitely, kind of, the guilty/non-guilty influence that I think we've always pulled from," Pulido replied. "It's a very romantic era. And this album, when we first started work on it, we kind of pitched the idea and I think we might have said some references of that era -- of a lush, '70s folk/rock thing."

"It was a blast making the record and it's been even more fun to play it out a little bit," he added.

The group also discussed the logistical challenge of recording an album with a band that's not all working from the same area code.

"At the core of it was just a relationship of mutual respect and an idea, you know, to just get together and make some songs together," Pulido said. "We all turned into kids again, just making music, being fans first and enjoying it."

Watch the full interview and performance of the song "Restart" above!

Follow BNQT on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at their official website here.

Jonathan 'JC' Clarke

Jonathan 'JC' Clarke

ON AIR: Sundays 7PM - 9PM. Jonathan Clarke joined Q104.3, New York's Classic Rock, as an on-air personality in 1997 and continues to be a mainstay there. Also, since March of 2001, he has hosted and executive produced his top rated 'Out of the... Read more


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