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Paul Banks

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As Interpol's dour baritone lead singer, Paul Banks could be counted on to bring the bleak and his solo career — whether billed as alter-ego Julian Plenti or as himself — has been different shades of the same alluring grey. Musicians choose their preferred sonic hues and follow where those tones take them. For Banks, it's a coarse minefield that offers plenty of alienating, post-punk clang in the disembodied feel of "Young Again," where Banks' vocals emit from behind the music. The deceptively mild instrumental "Lisbon" has placid guitars being picked, but there are moments midway through where emotions bubble up. "I'll Sue You" spits forth a raging bitterness that's emphasized by the unsettling rhythms. "The Base" shifts between textures, cold and monolithic vs. warm and close-up, as the song speaks as an elusive dream. "Arise, Awake" evokes a feeling of daydreaming through time and space. It's a cold, hard urban jungle out there.

Customer Reviews

Patience Rewarded

Interpol is one of the few bands where I'm NOT tempted to hit fast forward or skip to the next track and although I was a bit skeptical on the first play , after several listens, it has blossomed into one of my favourite albums. Certainly a different speed than Interpol but after 2 weeks of almost non stop listening I can't imagine anyone who gives this a proper test drive not loving it . This album is so listenable . Give this one a chance . A lot of people have thanked me for highlighting this album and everyone says the same thing . Cant stop listening to it - Start to Finish . Enjoy

Banks

Super album... Les melodies st belles ça change d'interpol... Je suis fan

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known as Interpol's distinctive baritone vocalist, Paul Banks was a singer/songwriter in his own right before joining that band. During the mid-'90s, he adopted the alias Julian Plenti to perform as an acoustic solo artist at New York venues such as the Knitting Factory and Tobacco Road. Around that time, Banks ran into his old friend, guitarist/vocalist Daniel Kessler, and joined his up-and-coming band Interpol. As the group worked its way from 8-track demos in the late '90s to signing with...
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