Banks by Paul Banks on Apple Music

10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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About Paul Banks

One of several guitarists named Paul Banks who have been featured on records, this one more importantly joins the elite ranks of musicians who have been physically assaulted by members of their audience during a gig. A subcategory, of course, is musicians who have been assaulted by members of the audience while not on-stage or by someone who had no idea they are musicians. In the latter category, the nature of the assault is different, at least to serious music critics, in that a direct comment on the music can no longer be inferred. When Paul Banks of the band Shed Seven was hit directly in the face by a plastic beer glass at the start of a Kentish Town Forum show, pundits in the U.K. rock press were quick to comment that the incident was some kind of reaction to Banks' surly performance style. The performer was unable to see for half an hour after being hit, went into mild shock, and almost had to cancel the night's gig.

For the group to name a subsequent Polydor single "Heroes" is perhaps overstating the valor involved in climbing up on the rock & roll stage, but in the new millennium people seem to find heroes wherever they can. Shed Seven bases itself out of York, England, and has been lumped in with a style called Brit-pop. The group's official beginning was 1991, and members such as Tom Gladwin and Alan Leach had been playing together in bands since they were lads. Polydor signed the group up three years later, and the band's glory days are generally considered to extend from then until 1997. Banks contributed a fair amount of the group's original material. In 2000 he quit Shed Seven and announced that he would be forming his own group. What developed was the Yards, also featuring ex-Seahorses member Stu Fletcher. ~ Eugene Chadbourne

  • ORIGIN
    Clacton-on-Sea, England
  • BORN
    May 3, 1978

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