Today is the 24th of August. Paul banks, Interpol’s lead singer, released his first solo album on the 4th of this month. i only heard about this yesterday thanks to my girlfriend’s Interpol obssession. Which makes me very, very late to this party. Anyway, I’ve downloaded it and I’ve listened to snippets of the album: I’ll be sure to try and give a much fuller review of it later. At the moment, it’s sounding a lot like Interpol – not just because of Bank’s signature voice, but because of the arrangement of many of the songs. there’s a lot more variation in it, but that’s to be expected. It’s well worth a download. I’m not going to bother putting it up on here as DRMA or whatever will be straight on it, but instead, i’ll post a few songs for you to enjoy. You can decide yrselves if you want to take the search any further.
But before that, can I just say how much alter-egos creep me out? There’s something really odd about Paul Banks wanting to call himself ‘Julian plenti. At least when Bowie did it, he dressed up a little bit. Banks doesn’t even try to change himself, he’s even given interviews as Bank talking about the project. Weird.
Anyway, though I’ve barely listened to the album, Games for Days (which is a single, judging by the video on youtube) stands out. Very much like a good Interpol b-side. I enjoy the ‘This is how we learn’ bits.
Games for Days – Julian Plenti mediafire
And another one that I like is Madrid Song, that comes straight after it on the album:
That one sounds less typically Interpol, but it is very good. Think more NYC than Evil.
Actually, the more I am listening, the more I am liking. well done Banks.