By Amanda Wicks
RZA and Interpol’s Paul Banks have a new musical project together, Banks & Steelz, and their debut album Anything But Words is set to be released later in 2016. The 12-track album features Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine, Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Masta Killa, and Kool Keith.
RZA said the idea of collaborating with Banks first came to him in 2013. “When I met Paul, I recognized the New York energy he has as a music artist,” he said. “We got to know each other playing chess and vibing out in the studio. Our talents connected in a unique way and we started writing songs. The outcome was something distinctively different from my previous work, yet with another layer of cool.”
To get that “distinctively different” feel, the album’s first single “Love and War” combines the distorted guitar melodies that defined Interpol with the steady beats and honest verses that came to represent Wu-Tang Clan, all with the added flare of a trumpet towards the end.
In addition to releasing their upcoming album, Banks & Steelz will be going on tour beginning in late July. Their first show kicks off in Los Angeles on July 21 and wraps up in Phoenix on October 9.
Check out the video for “Love and War,” the album’s full track listing and Banks & Steelz tour dates below.
- Ana Electronic
- Sword In The Stone (Feat. Kool Keith)
- Speedway Sonora
- Wild Season (Feat. Florence Welch)
- Anything but Words
- Love and War (Feat. Ghostface Killah)
- Can’t Hardly Feel
- One by One
- Gonna Make It
- Point of View (Feat. Method Man and Masta Killa)
7/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
8/24 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
8/25 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
8/27 – San Francisco, CA @ Independent
8/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF
8/31 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
9/1 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
9/3 – Boston, MA @ Sinclair
9/6 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
9/8 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
9/23 – 9/25, Las Vegas, NV, Life is Beautiful Festival
9/27 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
9/30 – 10/2 – Austin, TX @ ACL
10/7- 10/9 – Austin, TX @ ACL
10/9 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom