STREAM PAUL BANKS ‘BANKS’ NOW

“This batch of songs are all new and were written over the last couple of years with the exception of ‘Summertime Is Coming’, which also dates back to that Julian Plenti period. That’s why I put it on the Julian Plenti Lives… EP. Basically, when I was on the road with Interpol for the last two years I took my laptop and any free time or downtime I had was spent working on music. That’s fun for me, and I guess what I was trying to say is that I’ve always written music. It’s just that nobody ever got to hear any of it until I finally came to put out that first record, and now it’s like a retrospective of all the music I’ve been writing from the previous ten years. So basically, from that record it was like a nirvana, that was the gates opening, and now I’ll always make records. It was just a matter of doing that first one.”

Paul Banks Banks is out October 19 via Matador/Remote Control.

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PAUL BANKS LISTENING PARTY

Paul Banks, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for Interpol, finally steps fully out from behind his Julian Plenti alter-ego on his second solo album ‘Banks’.Following this summer’s limited edition (and now sold out) EP, the new album is a tour-de-force of mechanized, minor key intensity.

Recorded in New York and Connecticut with producer Peter Katis (Interpol, The National, Shearwater and Jónsi, among others), Banks is by turn bleak, sad and exhilarating. Featuring some of Banks’ most complex song structures yet, tracks like ‘The Base’ and ‘Young Again’ explore topics ranging from military alienation and loss of childhood “I’m young again, thanks a lot – I feel young again, ra ra,” Banks sings, to a background of mournful, treated guitars, backward masking and raw strings.

Thanks to Spotify and Tone Deaf lucky fans in Melbourne will be amongst the first in the world to hear the highly anticipated album in full.

If you’re in Melbourne on the evening of Monday October 15th and want to come along to this exclusive Spotify pre-listening party simply email info@remotecontrolrecords.com.au with with your full name and contact details. Please note the venue is 18+.

Paul Banks Banks is out October 19 via Matador/Remote Control.

NOISEY: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH PAUL BANKS

Noisey was given unprecedented access as Paul Banks prepared for the first shows in support of his upcoming solo album ‘Banks’. What resulted is possibly the most transparent and intimate portrayal yet of the Interpol frontman.

Featuring the songs:
Awake, Arise
I’ll Sue You
Another Chance
The Base
Young Again

Paul Banks Banks is out October 19 via Matador/Remote Control.

PAUL BANKS ANNOUNCES SOLO ALBUM

On Friday 19 October 2012, Matador and Remote Control will release Banks, the second solo album from Interpol vocalist/guitarist Paul Banks.

With Banks (LP/CD/digital), Paul ditches the Julian Plenti alter-ego, and the resulting ten song album is a tour-de-force of exhilarating minor-key intensity.

Banks was recorded in New York and Connecticut with producer Peter Katis (Interpol, The National, Shearwater, Jónsi). The album is personal and epic, catchy and serpentine – much like your favourite Interpol albums – with Paul’s wry humour, bare emotion, and varied influences all in full effect.

Banks’ first solo album found him assuming the alter ego of Julian Plenti, but now he’s jettisoned this for his semi-eponymous album, Banks, credited to Paul Banks. And where 2009’s Julian Plenti Is…Skyscraper was culled largely from songs pre-dating Interpol (as far back as the mid ’90s), Banks – with all new material written in the past few years (with the exception of ‘Summertime Is Coming’) – is a vivid documentation of Banks in the here and now, and his most abjectly personal work to date. “Yeah, I suppose I wanted to simplify things this time around,” he explains. “Julian Plenti was something that I had to do, but once it was done, I didn’t need to hold on to it. I didn’t want the burden of shtick for these songs. If anything, I’m trying to draw attention away from the notion of a persona this time. I’m just making music and hoping to let it speak for itself.”

Banks track-listing:

1. The Base
2. Over My Shoulder
3. Arise, Awake
4. Young Again
5. Lisbon
6. I’ll Sue You
7. Paid For That
8. Another Chance
9. No Mistakes
10. Summertime Is Coming

Paul Banks Banks is out 19 October 2012 via Matador / Remote Control

MP3: PAUL BANKS ‘THE BASE’

Paul Banks will release his new album Banks on October 19 via Matador/Remote Control. Paul ditches the Julian Plenti alter-ego, and the resulting 10-song album is a tour-de- force of exhilarating minor-key intensity.

Download the track ‘The Base’ below:

Banks track-lisitng:

1. The Base
2. Over My Shoulder
3. Arise, Awake
4. Young Again
5. Lisbon
6. I’ll Sue You
7. Paid For That
8. Another Chance
9. No Mistakes
10. Summertime Is Coming

NEW RELEASE: PAUL BANKS ‘JULIAN PLENTI LIVES’ EP

Interpol frontman Paul Banks releases a new 5-track EP Julian Plenti Lives… on Matador/Remote Control this June ahead of a Paul Banks album due later this year.

Available digitally, the EP will also be released on a limited edition run of CD & vinyl copies and marks the first time Paul Banks has chosen to use his own name to release music by.

The Julian Plenti Lives… EP centres around the new original track ‘Summertime is Coming’ plus original instrumental ‘Cavern Worship’ and cover versions of J Dilla, Frank Sinatra and The Running Man movie theme (by composer Harold Faltermeyer), which demonstrate the breadth of Paul’s influences.

Track-listing:

‘Perimeter Deactivated’  (The Running Man theme cover - Harold Faltermeyer)
‘Summertime is Coming’ (Original)
‘Mythsysizer’  (J Dilla cover)
‘Fool To Want You’ (Frank Sinatra cover)
‘Cavern Worship’ (Original, instrumental)

Paul Banks Julian Plenti Lives… is out June 11th via Matador/Remote Control.