The Banner (band)

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The Banner
OriginBloomfield, New Jersey, United States[citation needed]
GenresHardcore punk, Horror Punk, Black Metal
Years active1999–present
LabelsFerret Music
Melotov Records
Blackout! Records
Good Fight Music[1]
Associated actsSuburban Scum
MembersJoey Southside
Garrett Defalco
Jake Blochinger
Pete August
Joe Cantamessa

The Banner is a hardcore punk band from Bloomfield, New Jersey.

The Banner broke up for a brief period in 2006, before reuniting with founding member Garrett Defalco; the band released their third studio album, Frailty: The Hellbound Heart in 2008, which was recorded and produced at the Machine Shop studio in Hoboken, New Jersey and released on the Ferret Music label.

In late 2011, Born to Ruin was announced as the band's next release, to be released by American label, Melotov Records; the four songs comprising Born to Ruin: The Way is Shut were released throughout 2012 and 2013 and were compiled onto a cassette released in the fall of 2013.

The band released their fourth album, Greying, in 2014 and Only the Dead Know Jersey, a split with Old Wounds, in 2015. Both were released via Good Fight Music.


Current members[edit]

  • Joey Southside - vocals
  • Jake Blochinger (The Doomsday Prophecy) - drums
  • Garrett Defalco - guitar
  • Pete August - bass
  • Joe Cantamessa - guitar

Former members[edit]

  • Paul Klein (Suburban Scum, Gotham Road) - drums
  • Buzz Luciano (Pellinore) – guitar
  • Jeremy Comitas (Bayonet, Senses Fail) – guitar
  • Rich Bukowski (Pharaoh) – guitar
  • Kevin Manion (Pregnant) – guitar
  • Jon Morozowski – bass
  • Dustin Blevins - guitar
  • Justin Fullam (Killed by The Bull, Judas Factor) – guitar
  • Chris LeBoeuf (Hoover Flags, Mixtape, Father Divine) – guitar
  • Mike LeBoeuf (This Charming Man) – drums
  • Chris "Fingaz" Larsen (Suburban Scum, Banquets) – bass
  • Ian Mullen (The Violent Hearts, The Sun The Moon The Stars) – drums/bass
  • Paul Jaffre (Shady View Terrace, The Hostage, Monument) – drums
  • Mikey Bats (Lager) – guitar
  • Rosey (hell mary) – guitar
  • Tree (NJDots,Low road) – bass
  • Ryan Jansson (Animal Blood, Gavel) drums

† Founding members of The Banner


Studio albums[edit]

Date of release Title Record label
December 16, 2003 Your Murder Mixtape Blackout Records
Summer 2004 Reflection In The Shadow Of The Beast (Unreleased) Blackout Records
August 16, 2005 Each Breath Haunted Ferret Music
July 10, 2008 Frailty Ferret Music
December 9, 2014 Greying Good Fight Music


Date of release Title Record label
July 2003 Posthumous Blackout Records
February 2004 Dead Wrong Vs. The Banner (split with Dead Wrong) Warmachine Records
November 2013 Born to Ruin I: The Way is Shut Melotov Records
July 2015 Only the Dead Know Jersey (split with Old Wounds) Good Fight Music


  • Venom and Hope
  • Rattlesnakes
  • Send Me Down


  1. ^ "Good Fight Music Artist Profile".

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