Hey, y’all. I am Shay. This is thebuzzr podcast. On air indie, from my pad to yours over the airways.

Monday night, Gem & Leon from The Banquets join the podcast. We caught up with the band. Gem opens up about the inspiration behind their latest release and her own journey with depression. Leon has some insightful views on people coping with the pandemic.

The Banquets roared onto the music scene in 2019. Fans love their rambunctious energy and unique blend of country, indie and rock. The Banquets have gone from strength to strength.

Born from humble beginnings, fast becoming a band to watch. They have been on thebuzzr playlist since my first listen.

Tracks played tonight: “The Beautiful” Influences for the song: The lyrics tell a semi-autobiographical story of lead singer Gem’s ongoing battle with depression. Lyrical inspiration came from a line in Emily Dickinson’s poem As Imperceptibly as Grief.

A passage in the poem reads “Our summer made her light escape into the beautiful”.

Thank you for tuning in. Enjoy the show! 10 P.M. EST at https://www.thebuzzrpod.com



Band Bio

The Banquets are an alt- rock/pop trio from Leeds with talent in their souls and ambition in their hearts. They had an explosive arrival to the music scene in 2019 and 2020, making an appearance at the Great British Folk Festival, and supporting the likes of The South (formerly The Beautiful South) and legendary icon Toyah Wilcox. 

The Banquets’ music is a simple mix of rock, blues, and pop music, whilst maintaining the great tradition of British rock. The musical influences of the band stretch far and wide, and go right back to the early 20th century blues scene. Their sound is hugely impacted by the music that has flowed out of America over the last century, and like most British music, it reflects back that sound and rubs in some northern British magic.

About the Author
Shay D is a media professional and creative A&R management consultant who inspires and empowers artists to create business models that go global. These projects ignite actual results. Shay owns and operates thebuzzr media, thebuzzr podcasts, and WOBZ Music. The companies support independent artists of all genres, from around the globe. WOBZ Music (What’s Our Buzz?) began in 2020 as part of thebuzzr media. Shay is dynamic and creative, hosts a syndicated radio show, is a songwriter, and writer as well as an active curator for many indie platforms. Periodically she is also a copywriter providing Top 40 music content for a NYC firm and a radio programming consultant on an international platform.

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