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The leader of Interpol, one of the most successful indie rock bands of the '00s, brings his dark, dreary, doom-tinged vocal style to newish places on this five-song teaser EP. The songs here are more stripped down and definitely less strident than Interpol's; they feature more acoustic guitar work and orchestral backings. Yet Interpol fans will be pleased to hear their hero emote emphatically about sleeping “like a peach on the beach” because “summertime is calling.” It’s a slight number, in the best sense. There are two original Banks songs, plus a strange selection of covers: a song by the guy who wrote the Beverly Hills Cop theme, J Dilla’s “Mythsizer,” and Frank Sinatra’s “I’m a Fool to Want You.” A natural for crooners, the Sinatra cover is the winner. Banks tackles it straight ahead, with just voice and strings and a slightly electronic backing. Add it to the top of your next lover’s jam mixtape now.

Customer Reviews

What's Everyone Smoking.

After the first listen I have to wonder what I'm missing. Either that or the paid reviewers are out in full. Comments like "Buy It" are tell tale.

I LOVE every single thing that he's done both with and without Interpol, prior to this release. However this album to me appears to be lacking soul. The delivery is lackluster, and flat. It's as if he dug deep I to his pile of rejects just to get an album out. Sorry if that offends some people, but it has none of the emotion that Interpol's albums or the first solo album are heavy with.

As a huge fan I'm sad that the new album won't be in my rotation.

Come get your fix!!!!

You got to love this guy!!!! Verry rare to have a lead singer from an outstanding band as a whole come into his own as Paul has..( please don't leave Interpol)!
As he did with his last album.. Mixes dark with fun.. BUY THIS EP!!!! Hopefully the rest will come on time rather than later:-)

Julian Plenti Lives... Again

Great Ep follow up to a wonderful album. Paul Banks can do no wrong. Can't wait for the new album in October.


Born: May 3, 1978 in Clacton-on-Sea, England

Genre: Alternative

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

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...
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