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About Paul Banks

Banks’ first solo album found him assuming the alter ego of Julian Plenti, but he’s now jettisoned this for Banks, credited to Paul Banks (as was its preceding EP).  Whereas 2009’s Julian Plenti Is…Skyscraper album was culled largely from songs pre-dating Interpol, Banks is a vivid documentation of Banks in the here and now, and may be his most 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'm just making music and hoping to let it speak for itself.”Paul Banks new solo album 'Banks' is due for release via Matador in October, the first track from the album is called "The Base".

He delivers some of his most disarming and heartfelt lyrics to date with opener ‘The Base’, far removed from his often detached anomie with Interpol, “Now and then I can see the truth above the lies/Now and then, oh, I feel those beauties this life belies”.  The writing of Banks proved to be a cathartic process, “I do think that in some sense there are more direct lyrics on this album, and there is some purging and venting happening. I suppose it was therapeutic,” says Banks.