BNQT is a new indie super group conceived and led by Eric Pulido of Midlake. The project's debut release Volume 1 includes 10 new, original songs and features five vocalists - Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Fran Healy of Travis, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, and Pulido - who wrote and sing two tracks each, with backing from other Midlake members McKenzie Smith (drums), Joey McClellan (guitar) and Jesse Chandler (keys). Volume 1 was recorded and produced mostly at Midlake's studio in Denton, TX. The concept of BNQT (pronounced "Banquet") came to Pulido while touring for 2013's Antiphon. Gathering a number of contrasting yet complementary artists he'd befriended or shared the stage with, Pulido set out to establish a new creative environment untethered from other work – "Like a poor man's version of the Traveling Wilburys!" he says.