So here’s a roundup of the questions and answers we’ve covered on the amazing artist that is Paul Banks. We’d recommend you taking the time to read each of them, but here’s a quick version in case you’re short on time!
The Guitars of Paul Banks
Question: Which guitars are considered Paul’s most prized possessions?
- The Fendi 1962 Jaguar
- The Gibson Les Paul Custom
- The Gibson ES-135
- The Gibson Flying V
The Banks Album
Question: What is the song, “Young Again” about?
Answer: “Young Again” is Paul’s take on childhood, how easy life was back then… not have to worry about being an adult.
Question: What is the song, “I’ll Sue You” about?
Answer: “I’ll Sue You” talks about the difficulty of standing out, the pressure of people expecting one to aim high but given very little to help achieve this goal.
Question: Is the Banks Album suitable for everyone?
Answer: With the album being full of somewhat depressing songs, it speaks to a specific niche – a group who were expected to grow up in a world where education and moral guidance were severely outdated.
Julian Plenti is… Skyscraper
Question: What is the song, “Skyscraper” about?
Answer: A widely criticized song being very repetitive, Paul Banks claims this song is meant to be appreciated for its artistic value. It attempts to venture into a new style of song writing that’s distinctly different from the type of songs and not meant to be a catchy tune that’s overplayed on the radio.
Question: What is the song, “Fly as You Might” about?
Answer: Described as not a typical love song rich on sweet nothings, “Fly as You Might” presents a very realistic and raw point of view. It still screams steadfast determination, but without all the usual “fluff” found in the most popular love songs that exist today.
Question: What was Paul’s upbringing like?
Answer: Paul was born in England, but moved around quite a bit due to his father’s jobs. As a child Paul called England, Spain, Mexico and of course the United States home.
Question: How has moving around affected Paul’s perspective on the different cultures he was exposed to?
Answer: Paul’s exposure to the different environments has made him appreciate the distinct cultures that exist out there, immersing himself and learning from each.
Question: How has these different cultures made a difference in his music?
Answer: With different cultures come different types of music. He’s weaved these discoveries into his music, paying homage to the times he’s spent in each rich culture.
6 albums that had profound effects on Paul Banks
Question: Which albums have impacted Paul’s life?
- ‘Daydream Nation’ by Sonic Youth
- ‘The World of Cecil Taylor’ by Cecil Taylor
- ‘Straight Outta Compton’ by N.W.A.
- ‘Slint’ by Spiderland
- ‘Nashville Skyline’ by Bob Dylan
- 7th Grade Paul Banks’ homemade mix tape
7 things you need to know about Paul Banks & RZA’s ‘Banks and Steelz’ collaboration
Question: Why did it take 3 years to complete the album?
Answer: Both Paul and RZA had different individual projects going on, hence the delay.
Question: Why didn’t they release the album last year?
Answer: They both wanted to make sure they were happy with the album instead of merely meeting deadlines for the sake of releasing the record.
Question: How well did the two different genres mix together?
Answer: The rock and roll influence that Paul has plus RZA’s hip hop background produced amazing music, finding the ‘middle ground’ between the two worlds.
Question: Are they only planning one album?
Answer: There will be a sequel to the project, especially since 28 tracks didn’t make the album.
Question: What else has Paul been busy with?
Answer: Paul has been in talks with Interpol to produce a new album while busy working on his solo material.
Question: What about RZA?
Answer: RZA has written a total of three movies, one of which is waiting to be released by Lionsgate Films.
Question: Did they know each other before?
Answer: Both were fans of each others’ music from their respective bands, both influencing each other’s careers.